Speakers Corner: The LF Forum > 22 Bullets

This film didn't really seem to do that well critically or at the box office over here but I have to say I really enjoyed it. I am a big Jean Reno fan and also a fan of mafia/gang based crime thrillers and even though there is very little new on offer here I still didn't leave the theatre disappointed.

Reno plays a retired gangster on a revenge mission, there is the heavily conflicted police woman out to stop him and a rival gang led by Reno's once best friend (a story filled in by a series of childhood flash backs), in fact most of the elements here are like the Godfather by numbers. Despite this I still felt the film was superbly paced and shot and had a very satisfying pay off. The minimal character development throughout is neither good nor bad, it doesn't detract from the handful of big performances on hand here which for me was quite important.

The film lacks depth but the action and violence levels are pitched pretty well, and the story is still compelling enough to keep you engrossed throughout. It has a heavy whiff of Soprano's esque good evil vs bad evil about it. Jean Reno's character is likeable as just like Tony Soprano there is a moral, family loving core and old school set of values to what is otherwise just a violent killer.

This is a revenge movie but not really typical for that genre of film, I don't want to say too much as to set up spoilers but I really urge people to check this film out as for all it's flaws it is still a really good film

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan C

Jean Reno is so hit and miss though. the last thing I saw him in was 'Couples Retreat', which was not good. This movie sounds promising though.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl