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‘Not the Dog!’ ★★★ STAR REVIEW OF 22 BULLETS (2010)
June 12, 2016, 8:45 am
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Crime, Rated MA15+, 117 minutes.
Starring: Jean Reno

For the past three years Charly Mattei has led a peaceful life, devoting himself to his wife and children. Then one winter morning, he’s left for dead in the parking garage in Marseille’s Old Port, with 22 bullets in his body. Against all the odds, he doesn’t die. Now this former member of the Marseille mafia is hell bent on revenge, and will stop at nothing to destroy all those involved in his attempted assassination. Many more than those destructive 22 Bullets will fly before Charly (The Immortal) finally settles the score.

22 bullets has a lot of clawing back to do after shooting a dog in the opening scenes. The dog after one shot unfortunately doesn’t make it, However it’s owner receives 22 Bullets and somehow survives – life can be so cruel sometimes. So from the outset you are asked to suspend your disbelief in a fairly major way, the film is called 22 Bullets, so you just go with it and try to forget about the dog and the bullets. From here we enter a familiar tale of a gangster eye for an eye type deal where the body count is high and bloodthirsty. The only thing holding the age old story together is a haggard man of few words Jean Reno (From Leon The Professional), together with some odd moments of humor that sit awkwardly amongst corpses. Somehow I feel this film would have had a lot more impact with a show less approach – Think the ear cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs. At least the dogs were left out of that movie. All in all it’s a violent and mildly entertaining ride. If you are gonna watch a Jean Reno film – choose Leon: The Professional.

Review out of five stars: ★★★ Stars.
See my review on Letterboxd

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