Mehdi is the head of a team of robbers, which operate in Belgium. Cold and methodical, the man always carefully prepares his shots. And he can count on his band, all of its members being linked like brothers. But his niece has bad company, and is kidnapped after he robs several kilos of drugs from the henchman of a powerful drug dealer. To find her safe and sound, Mehdi will have to negotiate with thugs more dangerous than him, then work for them …

The intrigue of “Braqueurs”, the new French series which debuts on Netflix this Friday, perhaps brings to mind a few memories. It is true that it looks like that of “Robbers”, the film, one of the successes of the year 2016. It is normal, the director, Julien Leclercq, approached by Netflix, decided to decline his feature film in soap opera, whose first season, consisting of six episodes, therefore arrives on the American platform (internationally, it is called “Ganglands”). He keeps the controls, and also reinvites the main actor, Sami Bouajila, who in this new version embodies the same type of character as in the original fiction, only his first name changing from Yanis to Mehdi.

Switching to this longer format (6 times 45 minutes, compared to 1h20 at the base) allows a considerable enrichment of the plot, both in terms of the action and the characters. Julien Leclercq does not hide his admiration for a director like Michael Mann (“Heat”) or the “24 Heures chrono” and “Gomorra” series. Influences that inspire her to deliver a few well-conducted shootings, deploy a certain sense of suspense, but also depict families who, although made up of hardened criminals, nonetheless remain subject to the laws of love and love. hatred.

Fiction obliges, some improbabilities remain (ah, the famous escapes between prison and the court, of which the criminals never have a problem obtaining the schedules and the route …), but nothing to sulk his pleasure. The heist is successful!

“Braqueurs”, French detective series by Julien Leclercq and Hamid Hlioua, with Sami Bouajila, Tracy Gotoas, Samuel Jouy… Season 1, 6×45 minutes. On Netflix.