Dobermann * Jan Kounen (1997)

“Dobermann” is quite like “Taxi” in several regards. Both films are French, both are action-comedies, both are about bank robberies and in both the police are portrayed as idiots. “Dobermann” seems to want to be a bit more serious, harder, more “nouvelle violence”, more “Killing Zoe” than the “Taxi” trilogy but fails in the attempt. Whereas “Taxi” is amusing for its sillyness (especially the first one) and “Killing Zoe” has a fair combination between ‘comedy’ and violence, “Dobermann” is not silly enough to be really funny, but too silly to be serious. This time both the robbers and the police are not too bright and during the film when the more violent parts come, the silly elements are not far away enough. Nope, this is not one of the better “nouvelle violence” films.

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