Sunday, December 21, 2008


Along with movies like The Art of War or Passchendaele, this film is an attempt by Canadian movie makers to play more and more in sandlots usually reserved to Americans, some wealthy European countries (ex: France and the UK) and some Asian countries. While the entertainment factor makes us forget how small the movie's budget was, Nitro's script is not exempted of flaws. Nevertheless, this film is a The Fast and the Furious with a minimum of brain thanks to its slightly unpredictable story.

Max (Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge), a former street racer, is a construction worker who now lives with his wife Alice and their son Théo. When Alice (Myriam Tallard) needs a heart and that one is not available, Max is willing to do anything to save her. At that point, he gets back in touch with his troubled past by seeing the Lawyer (Martin Matte), a crime boss who promised him that he'll have a heart in 48 hours, and afterwards, Max seeks the help of Morgane (Lucie Laurier), a former street racer (turned into a professional racer) that he once loved.

Although the idea behind the script makes Nitro a little bit more interesting than the movies from the series The Fast and the Furious. Unfortunately, the problem that the script has, it's the incoherence of many situations that only seem to be there to speed things up in the evolution of the storyline. Obviously, one wouldn't complain about the quick pace of Nitro. Nonetheless, with many sequences of car chases and parkour, one wonder how can a heart (kept in a backpack with ice bags) be in such a good state?

Despite that flaw, the performance by the cast - which is simple - keeps us even more in the film. Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge's (Le matou) charisma makes him a sympathetic hero (despite what he does) at the point that you absolutely believe in his race against the clock. Lucie Laurier (La grande séduction) elegantly adds some attitude to the film given that she's normally seen in movies as a very nice woman.

Finally, Nitro shouldn't dismay you too much thanks to its action sequences. However, as Canada produces more and more action movies, our movie makers must understand the importance to make a script that has sense rather than acting like an excited teenager (who has sixteen years old) driving a Porsche (or any other prestigious car) and who crashed it. Besides the action scenes, the performance of most members of the cast should please you.

Rating: 3/5

Canada (2007)
Length: 106 minutes
Genre: Action drama
Screenplay: Benoît Guichard
Director: Alain Desrochers
Starring: Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Lucie Laurier, Martin Matte, Myriam Tallard

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