Noob Reviews: Rogue City
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Rogue City?
Rogue City, also known as Bronx, in its native French. Is a Netflix original French film in which an elite anti-gang police unit must investigate a gang-related shooting in Marseille. Unfortunately for them, as they begin to peel back layer upon layer of lies and illegal activities - the officers find themselves in the middle of a war between the two most prominent criminal families in Marseille.
Under suspicion of selling classified information to high ranking gang members by internal affairs, outnumbered and outgunned. It is up to the unit to bring peace back to Marseille whilst also keeping their families and each other alive.
What type of genre is the film?
Rogue City is classed as both an action and crime film but also fits very nicely into the crime drama sub-genre.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can find the film’s listing on Netflix here.
When was Rogue City released?
Rogue City was released on October 30th this year (2020).
How long is the film?
Rogue City runs for one hour and fifty-six minutes.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
David Belle (Zach Damato)
Eriq Ebouaney (Stephan Jankovic)
Gérard Lanvin (Paul Maranzano)
Kaaris (Max Beaumont)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Rogue City?
Rogue City’s trailer lays out the groundwork perfectly, giving you enough to bait the hook and pique one’s interest, but it is when you sit down and watch the film itself that you’ve been caught. And I must say don’t fight it, just go with it.
The film is a fantastic addition to not only the French cinema/movie catalogue but also the crime genre in general. Taking what could be described as influence from The Shield, we follow the latest case of an elite police unit as they try to solve a gang-related shooting that cost both gang members and many innocents their lives. Unfortunately, the team are not as clear-cut as they appear and have internal affairs following their every move as they use their unorthodox methods to bring peace back to the streets. What I really loved about this mix is instead of having the life of a police officer romanticised it was tough and down to earth - facing everything from responsibilities with children, to divorces and breakups. Meaning the characters were more relatable and portrayed extremely well as supermen when on the street but average Joes when off duty.
Whether it be a fascinating story that balances the cop’s personal lives and their case. Brilliant acting from all members of the cast. Or action-packed sequences including gunfights and assassinations. The film has something to offer most viewers. And the ending. The ending of the film is something I did not see coming at all and is something I enjoyed watching play out so much. So much so I will not go into detail about it - as it would be spoilers, you definitely don’t want. You want to see everything unfold for the first time yourself.
Just as a note, personally I watched the film in its native French with subtitles but there is an English dubbed version too, in case you are curious.
In addition to the above, seeing David Belle again, who I first saw in the film District 13. Was great as he continues to come on in leaps and bounds as an actor. Having had many varied roles and appearances across film and television alike. As well as his work as a stunt man. And his role as Antoine Merpe in the fantastic and much loved horror video game Dying Light (which if you have not played, you really should). He really is becoming a high-quality screen name. As well as being known as the founder of Parkour. Which in itself has immortalised David to many throughout the urban sports scene.
What rating would you give Rogue City?
I would rate Rogue City as a 4.6 out of 5 bananas.
Rogue City is a film I thoroughly enjoyed, admittedly not the most unique of stories, but it had enough twists and turns to make it stand out from many other similar films. The acting and delivery were well done throughout, and the pacing of events was near perfect. I would highly recommend this as worth a watch, whether it be for the action, drama or crime aspects.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Rogue City and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.