“Italy’s film industry is embarking on a mission to forge closer ties with China, following the success of Italo romantic crimer “Night Bus,” now set to unspool on a massive 2,000 Chinese screens. (…) Night Bus” is the first Italian release in China since Roberto Benigni’s “Life Is Beautiful” in 1999.
A film packed with subtle surprises, what makes Marengo’s film so refreshing is that, while dipping into film noir territory, it never slavishly follows the genre’s tropes. Even the oft-used Tarantino-inspired ploy of crediting its criminals with interests other than killing comes off in its favour. (…) Shot primarily at night in and around Rome by Arnaldo Catinari, who worked on Nanni Moretti’s The Caiman, Marengo balances the drama and comic aspects with considerable skill (…) is an impressive cocktail of crime, passion and comedy. Both accessible and artful, that’s a rare thing in contemporary Italian cinema.
Notturno bus, e l’apparizione di un nuovo regista che è Davide Marengo, sono da salutare come new entry degne della massima attenzione. GIUDIZIO ****
Un film italiano diverso dai soliti, un curioso mix fra la commedia perfino sofisticata di un tempo, il noir e il thriller con spie e microchip. Ma soprattutto un action film (…)all’italiana, ma con un certo estro.