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22/04/18

Taxi 5 Is France's Answer To Fast & Furious ( Movie Review )


No, your eyes don't deceive you - that is a Peugeot 407 pursuing a Ferrari 458 Italia.

Last year we were utterly spoiled with car-centric movies, with Baby Driver, Cars 3, and Overdrive all releasing in the same year. This year's car movie schedule looks less congested, however. Sure, the new Lexus LC 500 will star in an action-packed chase scene in Marvel’s Black Panther movie this month, and the Hyundai Veloster will feature in the upcoming Ant Man sequel, but cars won’t be central to the plots in these movies. Enter Taxi 5, a French comedy film that looks like it will feature some fun car action scenes.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Taxi film series, the first film was released way back in 1998 before the first Fast & Furious film. The first three films were famous for starring a pimped-out Peugeot 406 taxi in some underrated car chase scenes set in Paris. Being an over the top French comedy, this was no ordinary Peugeot 406 as the sedan could transform itself depending on driver requirements, from adding racing tires, splitters and spoilers, to equipping wings allowing it to fly. It was replaced with a more modern Peugeot 407 in Taxi 4 which will be returning in the fifth film. There was also the American Taxi remake in 2004 featuring a Ford Crown Victoria cab, but the less said about that film the better.


The plot revolves around a police officer “assigned to take down a group of Italian robbers who drive powerful Ferraris” while enlisting the driving skills of the famous taxi driver which sounds very similar to the first film. It’s all an excuse to show some wild chase scenes involving exotic Ferraris and Lamborghinis and destroy copious amounts of French cars. 

You can get a taste of Taxi 5’s crazy car action in a new trailer released for the film. Only in this film will you see a Peugeot 407 pursuing a Ferrari 458 Italia. Once again, Luc Besson, famous for directing The Fifth Element and writing the Taken series, is producing the film, but lead actor Samy Naceri won’t be reprising his role for the first time in the series. Taxi 5 looks like a fun ride that doesn’t take itself too seriously, unlike recent Fast & Furious films. 

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