For the past three years Charly Mattei (Jean Reno) has lived a peaceful life, devoting himself to his wife and children. Then one winter morning, he’s left for dead in a parking garage with 22 bullets in his body.
To be honest, as much as I like Jean Reno, his career has been spotty at best, but his best is usually French thrillers with a fair amount of killing, so 22 Bullets has the ingredients to be a good solid film; Reno, Body Count, Revenge.
Now 22 Bullets doesn’t always fire on all cylinders, but when it does, it does so with style.
More than just a revenge film (of which it is primarily) 22 Bullets takes Charly on a journey that uncovers some shady dealings in the criminal underworld he used to control and proves that friends aren’t always friends for life.
Though at times over stylised, 22 Bullets is a gritty story of one mans quest to make the people who tried to kill him pay for their mistake, and with the cops only a few steps behind and his family becoming a target, Charly has to act fast a think clearly.
The action is pure Reno class and the few twists and turns keep the story interesting.
Reviewed by: Jonathan