Saturday, 21 September 2013

Film Review - Malavita

Married To The Mob
Film: Malavita (The Family)
Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer
Directed by: Luc Besson
Duration: 1 hr 51 mins
Rating: *  *  1 / 2

            The film has three big names associated with – Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in the acting department and Martin Scorsese as the producer. You would expect something spectacular from this collaboration but unfortunately that is not to be. Malavita aka The Family directed by Luc Besson turns out to be a very ordinary affair and those three names could have well been substituted with some Tom, Dick and Jane and that would have made little difference to film. 

           De Niro and Pfeiffer play a couple that has moved with their family to France under the witness protection program. They are the Manzonis, he was a gangster but now they have a new name, Blake. She is bored of moving from one place to another while he has discovered a new passion, to write his memoirs. Their kids go to school and have the usual troubles - the son is bullied by other kids while the daughter falls in love with a young man.  

            Meanwhile the mob is looking for the gangster all over the world and the climax is very predictable. Pfeiffer and De Niro are always a treat to watch but the film on the whole, as very little going in its favor.

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