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Unfortunately both Anchor Bay's UK DVD and disappointing Blu-ray disappoint by cropping the image from its original 2.35:1 to 1.Read more ›
A rocky and confusing film that improves the longer the story plays out. I equate it to strolling into a hockey game where everyone on the ice is wearing the exact same uniform. The puck is flying and there's a ton of action, but it's a struggle to figure out the teams.
I had to re-screen the opening sequence three times before I was able to scope out who was who and what their relationships were to one another. No joke, inside of the first fifteen minutes of film (and over the course of nearly half a dozen overused flashbacks) we're introduced to more than a dozen characters - many of whom look remarkably like one another; dressed the same, having similar scrubby facial features and speaking in a similar growling fashion. And few have scenes longer beyond a minute or two.
So this movie takes an effort to get into. However, once you have the players straight, it quickly becomes a pulsating action-filled bloodbath with an assortment of brutal paybacks as one man's revenge unfolds and his enemies retaliate.
The story: Jean Reno is Charly Mattei, one of three childhood buddies and the best of friends, who learn early on that the way to their dreams is by way of blood. Sealing their bond over the corpse of a revered mob boss, the trio rise to the top if the Marseilles crime scene. But after so many years at the top, he decided to retire, selling his interests to his two blood partners and walking away from anything business related. Satisfied that he's completely divested from his past, he chooses to live quietly with his wife and two children, far away from the life he once knew.
Or so he thought.
A hit team is sent.Read more ›
Usually in this kind of thriller, the wounded hero embarks on a revenge mission trying to find who is responsible for the attack. In "22 Bullets" things are a bit different as the identity of the culprit is not a big secret to us (and Charly). Besides, what Jean Reno's hero, now preferring a peaceful life with his family, does not desperately want the deaths of those who shot him ... at least for now. After all Charly, whose criminal career goes back to his young days (told in flashback), wanted only a quiet life. In short, he wants to change.
But, of course, we know he can't and when something happens, Charly is forced to take a gun and fight back. Don't expect big action set-pieces, car chases or explosions, though. While the film does not avoid graphic violence (like "The Godfather" trilogy), it is more about guilt and redemption, and the man who is consumed by his own past.
"22 Bullets" directed by Richard Berry is loosely based on a real-life attempted murder on Jacques Imbert in 1977, whose right arm remained paralyzed as Jean Reno's protagonist. Except that part, "22 Bullets" is a standard French thriller with some clichéd narrative elements of gangster films. Though Jean Reno hasn't lost his charisma, acting here is not his best and some part of the story (especially the motive for Charly's murder) is not just convincing.Read more ›
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this review is made on the dvd disc of the movie-
movie - 4.5 / 5
video - 4 / 5
audio - 4 / 5
good purchase, subtitled action movie.
Really good DVD if you like the lead actor Jean Reno then you'll like this ex-gangster film .. bullets, car chases, more bullets was really good DVD Thanks seller for you r... Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by lejr555@yahoo,com
One thing real quick though
don't even bother with the dubbed audio
it'll twist your mind up with Jean Reno with a squeaky voice
just accept the subtitles and... Read more