22 Bullets (L’immortel) (2010)
My Rating : 3/5 STAR
MovieStudio Quote >> “Felt like a Bollywood flick. The gores are damn realistic. Must see!”
Charly (Reno) retired from his job as a Marseilles mob boss to spend time with his family. But someone has it in for him, and after he survives being shot 22 times, Charly and a cop (Fois) start looking for who did it. Charly immediately turns to the other local bosses (Merad and Berry), childhood friends with whom he took a vow of loyalty.
But soon all-out war breaks out between thugs on various sides, and the division of loyalty isn’t as clear-cut as it should be. Reno is terrific in the role as a haunted man who knows he can never escape his violent past (“Spilled blood never dries,” he says).
He’s such a compelling central character that he holds our attention even as seemingly hundreds of other people crowd around him. It’s virtually impossible to keep track of who’s who and which side everyone’s on, but as Charly steadily moves through each scene, like the calm point in a storm, we feel like we’re in safe hands.