Den Of Lions

  • 2003
  • Movie
  • R

Russian mobsters invade Hungary from the inside, infiltrating the country's infrastructure in this Euro-variation on DONNIE BRASCO (1997). Hoping to undermine the criminal empire of ex-KGB officer Darius Paskevic (Bob Hoskins) — a renaissance crook who dabbles in drug dealing, prostitution, chop shops and human trafficking from his Budapest headquarters...read more

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Russian mobsters invade Hungary from the inside, infiltrating the country's infrastructure in this Euro-variation on DONNIE BRASCO (1997).

Hoping to undermine the criminal empire of ex-KGB officer Darius Paskevic (Bob Hoskins) — a renaissance crook who dabbles in drug dealing, prostitution, chop shops and human trafficking from his Budapest headquarters — from within, FBI Agent Rob Shepard (Ian Hart) goes looking for an inside man. A. He recruits Mike Varga (Stephen Dorff), who speaks fluent Hungarian and has extensive undercover experience, along with a reputation as a hot-head,

Varga passes his first test with flying colors, palming himself off as a dealer in stolen luxury cars. But infiltrating Paskevic’s tight-knit crime family is no easy matter — he trusts only his right-hand man, Ferko (David O’Hara), and his daughter, Katya (Laura Fraser), who looks after the finances. Complicating matters further, there's a mole at the local police headquarters. Varga eventually gains Paskevic’s grudging trust and Katya’s romantic interest, then jeopardizes Shepard’s operation both by flirting with Katya and by trying to rescue the immigrant mother Ferko separated from her husband and son and flung into a bordello. Varga's efforts nearly blow his cover, forcing him to take drastic measures to regain Paskevic’s confidence. Shooting Shepard on a surveillance camera does the trick — has Varga been undercover so

long he’s gone over to the dark side?

The accents and overseas locations can't entirely conceal the recycled nature of this thriller's story, and screenwriter Freddy Deane never makes Varga’s bravado seem anything but idiotic. That said, the mindless car chases and fist fights deliver the genre goods.

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Russian mobsters invade Hungary from the inside, infiltrating the country's infrastructure in this Euro-variation on DONNIE BRASCO (1997). Hoping to undermine the criminal empire of ex-KGB officer Darius Paskevic (Bob Hoskins) — a renaissance crook… (more)

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