Taxi (Widescreen Edition)
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 01/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Belle Williams is a speed demon. Flying through the streets of New York in her tricked-out taxi, she's earned a rep as New York's fastest cabbie. But driving a hack is only a pit stop for her real dream: Belle wants to be a race car champion. And she's well on her way, until she's derailed by overeager cop Andy Washburn, whose undercover skills are matched only by his total ineptitude behind the wheel. Washburn, whose lack of vehicular skills has landed him in the precinct doghouse, is hot on the heels of a gang of beautiful Brazilian bank robbers, led by Vanessa, their cold, calculating and leggy leader. To nab the evasive crooks, drivers license less Washburn convinces Belle to team up with him to pursue Vanessa and crew. Belle has carte blanche to drive at any speed and break any law. The car less cop and speed demon cabbie New York's unlikeliest partners begin a high-speed game of cat and mouse with the robbers. That is, if Belle and Washburn don't end up killing each other first. The action is fast, and the chase scenes are just great. Taxi is a good time because of the rest of the cast and the storyline is fast paced action. Queen Latifah alone is worth watching."
Dangerous Driver, Dangerous Cop, Dangerously Decent
Del Keyes | In The Middle of the Sunshine | 07/14/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Taxi" is a ridiculous movie based on a series of ridiculous French films by Luc "Transporter" Besson. I don't know what aspect of the story is the most bizarre: that the New York banks are being robbed by Portuguese bikini models, Queen Latifah having bike skills that'll pounce Mat Hoffman, a taxicab that acts like a transformer, or Jimmy Fallon as a cop? My money's on Jimmy Fallon. In fact, if there's one thing that would ruin an otherwise run-of-the-mill popcorn flick, it would be that guy. His attempt at comedy is about as effective at tickling my funny bone as a sledgehammer, and it's just as painful. His character does nothing but cause problems instead of solving them: he can't drive a car, he charges into enemy headquarters, and he patronizing with armed criminals. He's an insignificant nuisance, and even if he does grow out of these problems with the help of a Natalie Cole song, he's still a humorless character with no trace of charm; I sorta wished Jennifer Esposito's character (wearing a low-cut top for a lieutenant) would just fire him at his first offense.
Why couldn't this movie be all about Queen Latifah? Her wisecracks need to be diminished, but she's more than capable in getting the job done on her own. She knows where she had to go, she has her people to scout the area, she understands the mind of a criminal, and she drives like Nascar; that woman's a better cop that Fallon is, and she's just a cabbie. I know this set-up of the incompetant/competent pair is deliberate, but all this incompetent fellow did was look at a map. If the movie has to be another ebony-and-ivory buddy cop flick, why couldn't she team up with Mel Gibson? He may be controversial in recent times, but I can trust that psycho over this comedian.
As far as "Taxi" goes, the sensual nature of the villains and the cast made it too silly, and too much of its humor is about two leads arguing; they're not funny, and they go on like clockwork. But the car chases were entertaining, even if they are absurdly planned. But as absurd as the movie is, it's a fun distraction of an absurdity, same as "Hudson Hawk"."