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22 Bullets [Blu-ray]
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After a long, brutal and successful career in the Marseille mafia, Charly Matteï (Jean Reno) has turned a new leaf and gone straight. For three years, he has lived a quiet life devoted to his wife and two young children. Then, one winter morning, he is left for dead on the docks of the old port with 22 bullets in his body. Somehow he survives. And goes looking for Tony Zacchia, the only man who would dare to try to kill him. Zacchia made just one mistake: he failed.
About the Actor
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work, Jean Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. His first two marriages both ended in divorce, and he had two children with each of them. He keeps homes in Paris and Los Angeles.
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Unfortunately Anchor Bay's UK DVD disappoints by cropping the image from its original 2.35:1 to 1.85:1 (and it's not a case of `unpicking' the masking to reveal more image on the top and bottom of the frame: from the widescreen extracts on the making of featurette included in the surprisingly decent extras package they've cropped off a lot of information from the left and right of frame).Read more ›
Adding insult to injury, the film itself - based on a true story - is excellent, toplining the magnificently grizzled Jean Reno as a former gangster whose decision to 'go straight' causes his former partner-in-crime to order his execution (the '22 bullets' of the English title). Big mistake! Monsieur Reno survives the attack and isn't best pleased with his erstwhile colleagues, all of whom suffer the inevitable consequences. Cue scenes of bone-crunching violence and screeching car chases through the formerly placid streets of Marseilles.
An urban thriller which takes the facts in the case as little more than a starting-point for its own aesthetic, director Berry compromises the material by opting for rapid-fire editing and eye-straining 'shakey-cam' whenever the action heats up. But he redeems himself by focusing primarily on the characters and their interactions, before and after the excrement hits the wind machine, courtesy of Monsieur Reno's picturesque rampage. The balance between the film's commercial and artistic ambitions is judged correctly for the most part, and the acting is solid throughout.
Still, it's almost completely ruined by the cropped framing.Read more ›
Fans of Jean Reno (Leon and Ronin) and arguably modern French films, will find enough here to like. The story, acting and sparse action and drama is all quite good, led by Reno. Nothing new, but what it does it does well.
This French action film follows an ex-gangster from Marseille who is shot 22 times and left for dead. He loves classical music and after attempts to finish him off in hospital, he seeks out the answers of why and who wants to kill him, embarking on a new family war.
It is very French and unfortunately not as good as Mesrine,Taxi, 36, Mr 73 etc, it all feels for me that without Reno it would be much worse and it isn't gangster enough. It is probably aiming at a wider audience. Not enough action at first and slow to get going: Reno playing Godfather springs to mind, harsh for some this will read, but Reno and co are capable of better, this is 2010.
Of 22 bullets, only half hit!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not a bad film,if you speak French,yes you do have subtitles but they are annoying when you are trying to watch the film,my fault for not reading the details when ordering,still... Read morePublished 5 months ago by truckman020
Jean Reno means great story and action.....you will not be disappointedPublished 5 months ago by Musicman