Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)

Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse Poster
Original Title: Les Rivières pourpres 2 : Les Anges de l'apocalypse

No one is safe when seemingly random killings emerge as a deadly pattern intended to usher in the end of the world. A murder victim with the same DNA as Christ. A serial killer mimicking the deaths of the 12 Apostles. Inspector Niemans and a young, rebellious detective team up with a beautiful expert in religion to crack the case before their elusive suspect completes the cycle of terror, paving the way to an even bigger bloody catastrophe.

Film Overview
"Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse" is a 2004 French action criminal offense thriller directed by Olivier Dahan. The movie is a sequel to 2000's "The Crimson Rivers", starring Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel. The movie explores the mystical circumstances surrounding a series of brutal murders, which appear to reproduce occasions from scriptural apocalyptic predictions.

The film opens with a strange murder of a male in an abbey, who has been force-fed water to such a level that his stomach bursts open. Pierre Niemans (played by Jean Reno) is summoned to examine this ceremonial murder. At the exact same moment, young cop Reda (Benoit Magimel) jails a guy discovered prone in a church, bloody and horrified. This man strangely looks like Jesus Christ and declares to be him (he is played by Camille Natta). Niemans and Reda understand that their cases are linked, causing a combined effort to fix the strange and harsh events.

Apocalyptic Themes and Plot Development
Throughout the movie, the duo reveals a series of murders that seem duplicating scenes from the 7 trumpets prediction in the Book of Revelation. The victims' bodies display strange markings looking like those of the apostle's stones mentioned in the bible. The scriptural themes are deepened as they deal directly with the guy who declares to be Jesus Christ. The plot thickens as a secret brotherhood referred to as the Angels of the Apocalypse emerge, who seem to be orchestrating the murders to declare completion of the world.

These murders, according to the brotherhood, are expected to usher in the 1000-year reign of peace. This group of spiritual zealots represents a crucial part of the plot, highlighting a grim example of spiritual fanaticism gone wrong. Niemans and Reda must protect themselves versus the Angels' attacks while attempting to put together the pieces of this complex puzzle.

Climax and Conclusion
Niemans and Reda discover a secret underground chapel where a routine to end up the scriptural prophecy and trigger the armageddon is about to happen. In the suspenseful climax, they face the brotherhood in their own burrow. After a hard-fought fight, Niemans and Reda manage to stop the fatal routine, for this reason preventing the apocalyptic prophecy from becoming a reality.

The movie concludes with the defeat of the fanatic spiritual group and the resolution of the unusual murders. Though they've handled to avoid an apocalypse, Niemans and Reda are delegated deal with the fallout of their investigation and the awareness of how lethal religious fanaticism can become.

"Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse" effectively integrates elements of criminal offense, action, and mystical spiritual themes to create an appealing narrative plot. The thick atmosphere, chilling sequences, and detailed narrative details make it an engaging thriller to view. The film offers a thought-provoking exploration of religious beliefs, superstitious notion, and fanaticism through its engaging story. It focuses on a cooling, suspenseful examination led by 2 really various but similarly devoted detectives.

Top Cast

  • Jean Reno (small)
    Jean Reno
    Commissaire Pierre Niemans
  • Benoît Magimel (small)
    Benoît Magimel
    Capitaine Reda
  • Camille Natta (small)
    Camille Natta
  • Christopher Lee (small)
    Christopher Lee
  • Johnny Hallyday (small)
    Johnny Hallyday
  • Gabrielle Lazure (small)
    Gabrielle Lazure
    Femme de Philippe
  • Serge Riaboukine (small)
    Serge Riaboukine
    Père Vincent
  • Augustin Legrand (small)
    Augustin Legrand
  • André Penvern (small)
    André Penvern
    Père Dominique
  • Francis Renaud (small)
    Francis Renaud
  • Olivier Brocheriou (small)
    Olivier Brocheriou