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 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.
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