Oss 117: Lost in Rio
Ian Fleming may have given birth to James Bond – code name 007 – back in 1953, but it was French author Jean Bruce who beat Fleming with the creation of Hubert de la Bonisseur de la Bath, French superspy with the code name OSS 117 a few years prior in 1949. Even though a number of the OSS books were filmed, de la Bath was forgotten almost overnight once Sean Connery made his mark on the silver screen.
Director Michel Hazanavicius has decided to put the French super spy back in Vogue, but with a slightly different approach, parodying the original films as well as referencing the early bond films. Hazanavicius seems to put a great deal of effort in recreating the visual style and feel of the early Bond films, from the cloths and mannerisms to the fake rear projection for the driving scenes amongst the most obvious.
The sense that you’re watching a parody that seems to effortlessly mix Bond with Austin Powers comes into full force in the first scene with a shoot-out at a ski lodge, where de la Bath manages to kill his would be assassins (and all but one of his female entourage) without actually aiming his gun or re-loading.
The humour however won’t be everyones cup of tea – for one you have to read the subtitles at the same time as keeping an eye of the visual hilarity, and the humour mixes it up with some very un-PC themes, including Nazisim, sexism and plenty of anti-semetic comments. However, taking the comedic nature of the film, one would hope that anyone with a grain of humour would see OSS117 for what it is: a laugh out loud comedy that isn’t afraid to rip the constraints of Political Correctness gone awry.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: October 14th, 2010
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Alex Lutz, Louise Monot
Length (Minutes): 101
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Director: Hazanavicius , Michel
Studio: Madman Films