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22 BULLETS: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Retired Marseilles mobster Charly Matteļ (Jean Reno) is assassinated - shot 22 times by his childhood friend Tony Zacchia (Kad Merad). Miraculously, he survives - and sets out to find out who ordered the hit. Soon the line between friend and foe begins to blur as he gets closer to the truth - and Marseille's underbelly. Police officer Marie Goldman (Marina Fois) has to keep her personal vendetta - the aftermath of her husband's death at the hands of the crims - under control as she probes the slayings.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Based on - or inspired by - a true story, 22 Bullets is a terrific crime drama, made with the polish of Hollywood and the verve of the French, with an A class cast. Jean Reno can play anything from angel to angel of death with authority and appeal. He gives Charly an aura of decency above a past full of sins.

Marina Fois makes a likeable and vulnerable police officer on the case, battling a lazy and arrogant boss. She brings a human dimension to the police side of the story and gives the film added texture. Kad Merad, usually seen in comedic roles, is first class as a once-brother in crime turned enemy - purely for business reasons, he says, but in fact it's Cherly's refusal to get into drugs that separates them. That and the fact that they made a pact as youngsters, and even though Charly is now retired from the crime business, he's still around exerting his morality. He has to be stopped - but not even 22 bullets can do that.

Once we establish the attempted assassination, the story plunges straight into revenge thriller mode with all sorts of value-add elements, from Charly's cute little son to the war between the crime kingpins of Marseilles.

Cinematography is edgy (a tad too much shaky-hand held, though) and the whole production smells of authenticity. There are plenty of action stunts and a decent car & motorbike chase, as well as some gritty inter-crim violence, but the film never goes too far in the gore department.

22 Bullets is an excellent example of contempo French commercial filmmaking.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

22 BULLETS: DVD (M)
(France, 2010)

L'immortel

CAST: Jean Reno, Marina Fois, Kad Merad, Richard Berry, Gabriella Wright, Claude Gensac, Fani Kolarova, Daniel Lundh, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Josephine Berry, Venantino Venantini

PRODUCER: Luc Besson,, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam

DIRECTOR: Richard Berry

SCRIPT: Richard Berry

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Thomas Heidmeier

EDITOR: Camille Delamarre

MUSIC: Klaus Badelt

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Philippe Chiffre

RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: May 19, 2011







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