This film was released in 2009, and has only now appeared on DVD. It also goes under various names, The Dead List, is probably one of the worst, Inside Ring and Ultimate Heist being other titles. All of this will set off warning sirens for the alert film fan.
I can only presume that those releasing the film were a bit surprised at just how many people bought 22 Bullets [DVD
] and thought it might be worth giving this film a spin in the shops.
The product description would lead you to believe that it is non stop brutal gangster action and that Jean Reno is out there kicking some considerable butt.
The actual film lies somewhere between these preconceptions, it really is not as bad as the delay in release might lead you to think, but it is certainly not wall to wall action, and Jean Reno supplies a bulky presence, but is not the lead actor. Someone should really point out to the Director that Olympic sharpshooters could not have made some of the shots that characters made with revolvers in this film.
What we have is a tight knit crime clan, headed by Reno, taciturn and tough. His son is falling in love with a nurse, and wants to break away. There are a few decently filmed but short action sequences, but the film is really about Gaspard Ulliel (from the recent advert with the Rolling Stones song) falling in love with an attractive nurse with eye brows like Robin Day. The whole thing is filmed in an over lit chocolate box sort of way, maybe the south of France really does look like that. The first third of the film is confusing and uninvolving, but after that you do get to be quite gripped by Ulliel and his predicament. The ending is downbeat and thoughtful.
All in all not a bad film, but for renting rather than purchasing and Reno films need only add this to their collection if they are after completeness, this is not an unmissable film for Reno fans.