The Family arrived on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Directed by Luc Besson, the dark comedy stars Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, John D’Leo,Dianna Agron, Dominic Chianese, and David Belle. If you can overlook a few faults, this is a mildly entertaining film that is worth a rental.
Besson should stay with directing action and sci-fi films (perhaps a sequel to The Fifth Element). Instead his latest film is a mix of genres – dark comedy and action. The story follows The Blake family who are in protective custody in France after the patriarch Fred (Deniro) testified against the mob bosses he worked for. Fred has a $20 million bounty on his head. so the government has
Tommy Lee Jones plays an FBI agent who has been tasked with the families safety. He is having a difficult time keeping the family under the radar. Unfortunately old habits die hard, and each member of the family has trouble assimilating, and soon revert back to their violent ways. Fred uses a bat to beat up a plumber that is not Fred’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) kicks off their first day in the town by blowing up the local market. Warren,the son, (John D’Leo) has started a black market operation using extortion and violence to take control of his high school. The daughter Belle (Dianna Agron) brutally beats up a group of local boys that try to take advantage of her.
The Family Blu-ray has the following special features:
- Making The Family
- The Many Meanings of FU*%!
- Sneak Peeks
- Theatrical Trailer