Frenchmen have, for long, been known for their love affairs with cinema. Fans of French cinema would be well aware of Jean Luc Goddard and his artistry. Contemporary movie buffs would be aware of Chris Nahon, the guy who directed ‘Kiss of the Dragon.’ Also, who can forget Luc Besson? Yes, he is the guy behind ‘Lucy,’ one of the biggest productions undertaken by the EuropaCorp in the previous decade.
Of late, a considerable number of production houses in France are trying their hand at action movies. ‘Lost Bullet,’ directed by Guillaume Pierret, released on June 19 and has been creating quite a few ripples on Netflix. Starring an ever-dependable Alban Lenoir, this Netflix original will keep you hooked (despite having a familiar plot) because of its catchy subject matter.
Here’s taking a closer look at one of Netflix’s latest offerings.
The story deals with a bunch of corrupt cops. One of the cops ends up killing an honest police officer and an innocent mechanic named Lino finds himself in the middle of the smoking-hot conspiracy. Our dear hero embarks on a misadventure to find an old-school Renault that’ll help him clear his name. In case I forgot to mention, Leno is a genius and loves building ram cars.
The cops, led by a corrupt officer named Areski, leave no stone unturned to frame Lino for a crime he didn’t commit. Also, they are carrying out an operation named ‘Go Fast’ (some sort of monkey business, perhaps). Quite frankly, the story is predictable (for the most part), but contains some fast-paced action sequences to keep the viewers busy and entertained. A 93-minute runtime doesn’t give you much time to think.
There’s an innocent mechanic who will do whatever he possibly can to clear his name. No prizes for guessing: the makers of ‘Lost Bullet’ have borrowed quite a few elements from the American action thrillers of the 1980s. This Netflix original film doesn’t take too much time to establish the characters and makes for a decent one-time watch.
Here’s the exciting part: CGIs and stunt doubles haven’t been used. The fight sequences are “heavily physical’. The fight sequences are convincing, all thanks to Alban Lenoir, who has had a few gigs as a stuntman. The action sequence shot in the police station is elaborate, with Lino taking on a dozen cops. Summarising, the movie promises a few heavy blows, punches, and a handful of gunfights.
Alban Lenoir plays the quintessential action hero. This guy doesn’t talk much and goes about his business rather quietly. Also, the ‘Pride or Die’ hoodie sported by Lenoir keeps reminding the viewers of his fighting spirit. Lenoir is the star of this 90-minute long action extravaganza and plays a no-nonsense mechanic. Also, this guy lands a few heavy punches at various junctures during the movie.
The likes of Ramzy Bedla and Stefi Celma haven’t been given ample screen time to make their presence felt. Nicholas Duvauchelle is the only other actor to leave an impact of some sort. He plays the dirty and ruthless cop, and does anything and everything to get the job done.
Guillaume Pierret’s direction provides the viewers with a lot of thrill and excitement. The execution is fast-paced and follows a water-light plot that leaves no room for interpretation. The good thing about Pierret’s direction is: he knows what he’s doing. The story has a limited number of characters, all of which blend effortlessly into the story. You can keep your brain aside while watching this action-packed ride. Watch it for its action sequences and nothing else.
I would rate it 3.5 out of 5.