Taxi (1998)

Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary,
Taxi is a movie starring Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, and Marion Cotillard. To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.
  • 7.0 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • Luc Besson, Writer:
  • Gérard Pirès, Director:
  • Laurent Pétin, Michèle Pétin, Producer:


10 / 10

Fast, funny and French.

This is an amazing film right from the word go. You have to take most of it with a pinch of salt, but it is so funny. The comedy is very european so I doubt many people will get it and this may be the films down fall.

The plot is simple, the super cool taxi driver, loses his driving license (for speeding). The only way he can get it back it to work with the people he hates most (the police).

A chase/caper comedy film ensues. This film isn't all laughs but its definatly one of my favorite films of all time.

If you like this film but would like to see something more serious (and French) take a look at "La Haine".

10 / 10

fast and funny

Taxi is exactly what it sets out to be - fast and funny. The somewhat pathetic police inspector is complemented well by the wisecracking, fast-driving taxi driver whom he is forced to work with (because he himself can't drive at all).

Some may say that the movie has to much gas and not enough brains - so what? That's exactly what the movie was supposed to be, and it's done well. It provides laughs and action, and if you speak french, the french language version is actually a lot better and wittier than the subtitles.

The soundtrack has some top-rate french hip-hop artists, and was a big seller in its own right. I just wish the movie was easier to find in video stores.

10 / 10

What a blast

A film that you would have loved to watch as a kid but as been made for grown ups its laden with some sexy humour, loads of action and no worry about complex plots or overbearing drama. Being French there's no drivelish American sentiment or endless British posturing and class angst. Not a film to be taken seriously, its played for laughs and you don't really need the subtitles as most of the dialogue just flies by beneath the wheels of speeding Taxi's police cars and criminals on the Run.

Think Cannonball Run meets BMX Bandits meets Touring Car racing and you've got the drift.

7 / 10

Entertaining Comedy Thriller

I knew TAXI was a French film with a screenplay by Luc Besson but that was all I knew about it . I speculated that since it was written by Besson we'd be seeing a very violent thriller but that's not what TAXI turned out to be since it's an entertaining comedy

Pizza delivery boy Daniel Morales drives his own unlicensed taxi and one day makes the mistake of driving ( In his own illegal manner ) Emilien to his place of work which is bad news for Daniel because Emilien is a police inspector . Daniel is given the choice of helping the police catch a bunch of German bank robbers dubbed " The Mercedes Gang " or lose his driving license

Did I say this was entertaining ? It's also very likable and much of that's down to Besson's screenplay which is devoid of the sometimes sickening violence which did spoil for me NIKITA and LEON and they only hint that it was written by Besson being the fact that policemen are stupid . You do get the impression from all of his movies that Besson has a pathological dislike of cops but thankfully he doesn't get too polemical this time . Director Gerard Pires complements the screenplay by casting two young and likable actors in the lead roles

There are a couple of flaws to TAXI . While being the chase and crash sequences are well directed it's unlikely cars flip up into the air as seen here . There's also a plot hole in that if the cops know where the raids are going to take place they don't bring in helicopter surveillence , but again being a Besson script the police are portrayed as being terminally stupid so I don't know if it's a plot hole as such . One thing that did annoy me is Daniel and Emilien sharing a joint which is a scene that certainly wasn't needed in the film

But I saw several films the day I saw this and TAXI was undoubtedly the best movie I saw that day . It's not too difficult to see why the French film industry has been so successful over the years

8 / 10

Fun Ride

Of course a bit silly and not much plot to be found here. Still much better than the hideous US Remake (that can be found somewhere else here on IMDb, just look under movie connections. I have rated and commented that too)!

The main characters (a cab driver and a police man) and their struggles (indivudually and with one another) are just great fun to watch. There are also a few running gags, that ran through the series (or at least some of the follow-ups), that started here, one involving the cab drivers girl friend. The storyline could've gone wrong, but it ultimately worked out (at least in the first installment). When you see ghosts, you know who to call, when you need a fast taxi, now you also know who to call ... ;o)