DVD region 0. Second Sight.
the end of the 1990s, Dobermann was the flavour
of the week amongst arsehole hipsters, who saw its amoral stance,
stylised violence, drug culture and painful self-consciousness
as something edgy – like a French mix of Pulp Fiction-era
Tarantino and Trainspotting. And yes, it pretty
much is that ghastly… but unlike those films, this
movie doesn’t seem to have maintained its rep amongst annoying
cunts. Perhaps this new release will change that.
With Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci as a pair of immediately
annoying gangsters who lead a gang of wankers, the film is mainly
set around a couple of set-pieces – a violent bank heist
and the police attack on the worst nightclub in the world as retribution,
led by psycho cop Tcheky Karyo. There’s a lot of gun fire,
sex, drugs and awful dance music, with Dobermann (Cassel) being
predictably posited as some sort of heroic figure.
This is the sort of film that dumb critics will call ‘effortlessly
cool’, but in fact, it’s exactly the opposite –
every second of this film seems to have been painfully laboured
over by director Jan Kounen to make it seem ultra hip –
the editing, the camerawork, the one-dimensional and clichéd
characters. Unfortunately, time hasn’t been kind to Dobermann
– in the decade and a half since it first emerged, every
throwaway action movie has used the same sub-Tarantino gimmicks.
What might have once dazzled the simple-minded can now be seen
in any Jason Statham film.
Many of you may well still find this interesting – it moves
at a decent pace, has plenty of excess and if you enjoy style
over substance, there is plenty here to keep you amused. Personally
though, I hated it.
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