Gene Hackman is a natural treasure.
He can make you root for and cheer for a character that is utterly rotten, and he does that in what is considered to be one of the greatest movies made in The French Connection, my next film in the DailyView.
The currently retired Hackman is desperately missed as one of the great actors around. His character of Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle is racist, hard headed, obnoxious, and short-tempered, and, yet, the audience is behind him as he pursued the gentleman Frenchman Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America.
Some of the chase scenes in The French Connection are amazing. Filmed practically, the chases (in particularly, the elevated train chase) are breathtaking and thrilling.
The first part of The French Connection is slow and I have to say that I had a hard time getting into the movie at the beginning, but as I moved along, things got considerably more intense and I became more invested.
I found the ending extremely unsettling too, and I loved it. Apparently these characters are based on real people, but it has never stopped films from changing things up for the story. The fact that the end of The French Connection is so shocking that it can be upsetting is a great thing.
The French Connection is a good movie. I did not love it as much as everyone else seemed to, but I did like it.