French filmmaker Luc Besson has made some terrific action movies, including “La Femme Nikita,””Leon: The Professional” and “Ronin.”
While it does have its moments, “The Family” is not one of his best.
The problem is that Besson has dusted off almost all the old Hollywood Mafia tropes and transported them into the present -- and off to France. As if to reinforce that backward look, he’s cast Mafia movie veteran Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer (who cut her teeth in such gangster classics as “Married to the Mob” and, of course, “Scarface”). In one