100 movies: 22 Bullets

100 movies of 2012

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

22 Bullets22 Bullets (28/04/12)

A retired mobster goes on a revenge spree after being left for dead with 22 bullets in his body.

22 Bullets or L’Immortel is your tried and tested revenge story. Complete with family in the balance. Jean Reno’s Charly is an ex-mafia boss who’s left the world of crime in favour of a quiet family life. He’s gunned down and miraculously survives getting 22 bullets thrown at him.

I quite like my French thrillers. They usually have a nice style to them. Taut with some slick action sequences. Notice how I say, usually. 22 Bullets doesn’t quite hit the spot, though it’s a fair enough revenge film. Just nothing above that slightly below average. Jean Reno’s fine as the guy seeking revenge. But it’s just a bit lack lustre. There’s nothing in the plot or the look of it that lifts above anything than just your average thriller.

There’s a sub-plot concerning one of the main detectives who’s after Charly and her own need for revenge, which is also intertwined with Chary’s plight. I think I forgot about her character totally.

Then things got a little bit silly with Charly going through layer upon layer of barbed wire to get to his son. It just got a bit comical, rather than serious. The little boy who plays Charly’s son was brilliant though. I believed his tears!

There’s a final ‘twist’ which isn’t so much a twist as a ‘oh of course’ moment, that I’m sure most people will have figured out from the near the beginning.
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ Movies: Micmacs

120+ Movies of 2011

MicmacsMicmacs (21/08/11)

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

This film is a little bit mental. It’s crazy. It’s a little bit magical. And fun to watch. Rather than explain anything too much, you’re just brought along for the ride, and that’s what I enjoyed.

Of course the film shares some of the whimsy as Amelie, but it feels more based in a reality that’s, well, real. Which was probably my only real problem with the film. The whimsy jarred a little bit with the reality. Though, I did get used to it eventually.

The main characters were fun to watch. Each had their own brand of crazy. It’s hard not to get behind a band of crazies and their equally hair-brained schemes.

Very cute film, well worth a watch.
Rating: 3/5

Read on to see the entire list of movies seen this year so far:

100 movies: Piling them in

100 movies of 2010

My weekend of nothing was spent well watching far too much TV and movies!

Dead Like Me: Life After Death (14/08/10)
Oh dear. All I can say. The film did have some merits, mostly Mason being Mason. But it totally lost the feeling of what the original TV series felt like. At times it felt like a Hallmark Lifetime movie type thing! Question: Was there really a need for this film so long after the series ended?
Rating: 2/5

Pour Elle (Anything for Her) (15/08/10)
French film about a wrongly a woman, who was wrongly accused of murder and sent to prison for twenty years. Her very normal husband thinks the only solution is to break her out. That’s the film in a nutshell. It’s a bit ridiculous to see this very normal man, French teacher, turn into a mastermind at breaking out of prisons. I couldn’t quite buy into that part of the plot. Every now and then when I did, I enjoyed the film. Family drama stuff mixed in with a bit of a thriller. Though the actor cast to play Diane Kruger’s husband, wasn’t he a bit old for her?
Rating: 3/5

In Bruges (15/08/10)
A DVD that’s been sitting on my shelf for far too long. Loved it. Equal parts funny and quite disturbing. The midget obsession reminded me of someone I used to work with. It did well to advertise Bruges too, I think I want to go and visit! Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were fantastic. Great ending too.
Rating: 5/5