22 Bullets (18)
Friday 03 September 2010
Jean Reno is the saving grace of this violent gangland thriller, based on real-life events described in Franz-Olivier's book L'Immortel.
He plays Charlie, a retired Marseilles mobster who is gunned down in a parking garage; despite having 22 bullets extracted from his body in surgery, he survives, and spends the rest of the movie hunting down his would-be killers. A woman police detective (Marina Foïs) whose husband was murdered by the same gang brings ballast to the forces of righteousness, though nobody will mistake the film for anything other than a shoot-'em-up gangster flick – and a monotonous one at that. By the end, old Marseilles looks like it must run out of mortuary space for the number of corpses piling up.
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