OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies details
|Starring:||Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Aure Atika, Philippe Lefebvre, Constantin Alexandrov, Said Amadis, Laurent Bateau, Claude Brosset, François Damiens, Youssef Hamid, Khalid Maadour|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||Fusion Media Sales|
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Feb 2009|
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Ca - Ca - Cairo!By a customer from London , 07 Jan 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]So what's new about a 007 spoof, you might ask? After all, we've had Austin Powers, Get Smart among others. However, OSS-117 doesn't target the usual areas of cat stroking villains, silly gadgets and sci-fi missile bases. Rather, it sends up the sheer chauvinism of those early movies, as well as the cinematography and style, by viewing the early films through today's PC mentality.
Watch Jean Dujardin as he enters a casino with Sean Connery's mannerism down pat: the adjusting of the cuff links, the nonchalant straightening and smoothing down of the tie, the swaggering, steely gait as women turn to admire him. It's uncanny, and you come to realise just how much of Bond in the Sixties was Connery's creation and not really Ian Fleming's character.
The cinematography is a nod to those early adventures, and the movie mainly spoofs From Russia With Love and Thunderball. The main joke is how chauvinistic the hero is, not just in terms of sexism but nationalism and colonialism, and how he puts noses out of joint when he is sent to Egypt.
It's not perfect - about 20 mins in it seems a one-joke movie and bits of it remind one of spoofs of the day, of which there were plenty. Morcecambe and Wise's The Intelligence Men had suspect-looking men in fez's tailing the leads, and that's going back a bit. There's no funny or serious villain, like Mike Myers' Dr Evil or Ricardo Montalban's Naked Gun nemesis, for the hero to go up against.
But the scene where OSS117 wakes up in Cairo one morning had me laughing out loud and the whole thing looks wonderful. It's a Bond spoof without falling into the mad scientist/Ken Adam sets or funny gadgets routine. Throughly recommended.
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Mostly unfunnyBy davidginsberg (113 reviews) from London , 25 Oct 2013What were an Oscar winning director and actor doing before they made The Artist? Well they were making a 60s spy spoof! Dujardin plays the titular OSS117 a none too bright secret agent who is sent to Cairo to find out what happened to his friend and predecessor. Its pretty tame stuff, more hi brow perhaps than Austin Powers. A lot of the humour derives from how thick Jean DuJardin is and how he insults everyone around him. There are a couple of good laughs but it isnt great and it is very French so little cross over appeal. Having said that it does look authentic so they certainly have an eye for detail but I still think the Oscar haul was a bit of a fluke in a weak year.
Eau dearBy Vicar (2 reviews) , 25 Jun 2013Disappointing,truly sexist and distinctly unfunny. If they think it's a send up of the Bond franchise that's sad it's worse than Johnny English. They should know better.
A comedy without,erm,the comedy.By emperor10 (216 reviews) from newcastle upon tyne , 08 Jan 2013Visually, this looks great, exactly like a Bond film from the sixties. But thats it. The comedy is dire,inane sometimes. I just couldnt watch,turned off after a good 20 minutes trying.
For those who only know The ArtistBy a customer , 12 Jul 2012Fun but I would say that a certain amount of teh visual humour is lost by having to read the subtitles...my fault for not speaking French really
A spy who is easy on the eye..By a customer , 10 Jun 2012Having fallen in love with the divinely handsome Jean Dujardin after watching The Artist I thought I would see some of his other films. OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies was a curious mix part Get Smart (a Classic TV series of the 1960s starring Don Adams. This gives my age away!), part Inspector Clouseau. Somehow it didnt quite work for me. Perhaps French humour is different from British or something, as they say, was lost in translation. Never mind Jean Dujardin is easy on the eye so it was worth it anyway.