Every once in a while you will come across a film that will defy every plausability and just be an average, run of the mill film that doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth but also doesn’t leave anything to remember. ‘The Family’ is exactly that kind of film.
From director Luc Besson, best known as the director of ‘The Fifth Element’ and the writer of ‘The Transporter’ and ‘Taken’ series’, ‘The Family’ failed to really find its footing as either a comedy or an action film. Essentially, it was stuck between knowing what it should have been and what it ended up being.
A better than average performance from Robert De Niro as the father of a mob family being transplanted in witness protection in the north of France is really one of the two highlights of this film.
The only other real highlight of this film was Tommy Lee Jones. Jones portrays the straight man FBI agent in charge of witness protection program for this family. Jones has really found a real niche in this kind of role as he has grown older, and that is a huge benefit to films that take advantage of that.
Despite the two performances from De Niro and Jones, this film just lacked any heart to take it to the next level.
When a trailer is released that shows a decent amount of action and some laughs, you actually expect more of that from a film, but ‘The Family’ failed to deliver on that and this is definitely in the bottom rungs of films that I have seen this year.
To those who wish, save yourself the trip to the theatre and if you are inclined to see this film, wait until its inevitable quick turn onto video or Netflix.
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