Available this Friday on Netflix, Robbers: the series – created by Julien Leclercq and Hamid Hlioua – features Sami Bouajila as a… robber! Role that we had already seen play in a film by Julien Leclercq called… Robbers! Explanations.
What is it about ?
When his niece annoys a powerful drug lord, Mehdi and his gang of robbery pros find themselves in the midst of a violent gang war. Very violent.
Robbers: the series, a series created by Julien Leclercq and Hamid Hlioua with Sami Bouajila, Tracy Gotoas, Samuel Jouy, Nabiha Akkari…
What is Robbers: the series?
You could lose your Latin there. On the one hand, there is Braqueurs, a film by Julien Leclercq with Sami Bouajila, released in 2016. On the other, Braqueurs: the series, a creation by Julien Leclercq and Hamid Hlioua with Sami Bouajila. Is the series a follow-up to the film?
The answer is no. Warning spoiler: in the film, Yanis, the character played by Sami Bouajila, is shot dead by a young policeman. So difficult to resuscitate it in a sequel. It is also not a spin-off that would tell about another adventure of Yanis before he finds his death.
In the series, Sami Bouajila plays a character named Mehdi. And it is clear that his life is very similar to that of Yanis – he is also a seasoned robber – but let’s say he embodies another variation of the robber who has the gift of encountering trouble.
Because there too, as in the film, Mehdi will have to carry out a robbery to save a person of his family who has been kidnapped by big drug traffickers. Here, Mehdi has to save his niece Shaïnez (Sofia Lesaffre) who had the bad idea to pretend to be an escort. His scam: to strip with his girlfriend Liana (Tracy Gotoas) a client she tied up in a hotel room. Except that instead of leaving with a wad of cash, they take with them a bag full of drugs.
The client in question is a henchman of a big trafficker, played by Salim Kechiouche. And the latter will make Mehdi and his men run wild throughout the six episodes of the series. On the program: a lot of action scenes in the purest style of Julien Leclercq, the castagne, chases with big cars and a lot of very angry people. Except Mehdi who has the particularity of always keeping his cool.
In its style, Robbers: The series largely fulfills its function of testosterone entertainment that does not seek to cut corners.