Low camera angles, hugging the streets as they zoom by, high-speed chases through the streets and tunnels of Paris. Released a little over a year after the death of Princess Diana in a paparazzi-induced car crash, the film was noted in some quarters for its unfortunate resemblance to that event. A constipated looking Robert De Niro and a freaked out looking Natascha McElhone give the scenes an even bigger sense of verisimilitude. If you were driving that fast, you too might have that same look on your face. They really sell the whole thing. One of the ultimate driving the wrong way down the highway scenes. (Additional trivia: John Frankenheimer directed the sequel to The French Connection. Speaking of…)
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