Bastille Day tells the story of a young con artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France.
This film is so American it actually hurts because, you know, God Bless the Americans since we couldn’t do anything without them! They saved the world again! Because, you know, they know more about the French who apparently know nothing at all, not even knowing what’s happening in their own country.
Attempting to make Richard Madden an action star was a horrible decision as he’s basically nothing more than a pretty face to look at, much like Kit Harrington in Spooks. An average storyline accompanied by over the top action sequences opposite an actor who has garnered respect through other roles but has unfortunately for both him and us has degraded himself to a film like Bastille Day is something that’s becoming more frequent than not in cinema nowadays. There’s no originality, especially in a highly Americanised environment. That and Madden doesn’t even make a convincing American, his accent often dropping.
I’m sincerely praying that there’s something fresh come awards season that’s not another adaptation as they rarely live up to the original text. Something has to change in American cinema as they’re seriously scraping at the bottom of the barrel for anything to produce, even if it has plot holes galore.