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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

OSS-117: Egypt, Nest of Spies, 2006 - Movie Review

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo
Running Time: 99 minutes
Score: 8 / 10

This review by Jinja

What's it about?
"It's 1955 and after a fellow agent and close friend disappears, secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he is busy investigating, foiling Nazi holdouts, quelling a fundamentalist rebellion, and bedding local beauties." - From IMDB

Basically a modern spoof of the James Bond-esque spy movies from the 50's. Not the Austin Powers 'in your face' humour, more subtle and if you know the style being spoofed probably more lasting.

Was it good / bad?
Throughly enjoyed this one. The makers must have watched a lot of movies from the 50's to get the style right and pick up on some of the 'usual' things they mock.

Coolest / Worst scene?
When OSS is chasing the Egyptian through the street of Cairo at night. Goes on to the point of not being funny anymore...then carries on until it becomes funnier than it ever was. Similar to the Austin Powers pee'ing scene in the first movie.

Did you laugh / cry / cover your eyes / walk out?
I did laugh, and I need to watch again as the French language can be so fast the subtitles also rocket along and you sometimes miss whats actually happening on screen.

Anything we should watch out for?
The chicken fight! ...and for the blokes, watch out for when Berenice Bejo ends up tied up!

Why should we see / avoid it?
Avoid if you don't like subtitled movies, otherwise get stuck in. A funny, retro, French spy adventure.

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