Lost Bullet (2020) A Review

Proof that just because a film is a little generic, does not mean that it cannot keep you entertained for one and a half hours.  It’s short, but kinda sweet.

Certificate: 15

Director: Guillaume Pierret

Screenwriter: Guillaume Pierret

Starring: Alban Lenoir, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Ramzy Bedia

Genre: Action, Crime

Runtime: 92 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After being recruited from Prison to be a Mechanic for a Go Fast task Force, Lino finds himself being framed for murder when some dirty cops kill his mentor and try to pin the murder on him.  What follows is a nearly 90 minutes of mayhem, car chases and explosions.  A pretty great recipe for an action film really.

Netflix have put out a couple of very questionable crime thrillers in the last few weeks with ‘Last Days of American Crime’ and ‘Wasp Network’ both coming in way under the line.  So I was prepared for this one to be more of the same to be honest.  And while this won’t win any awards for originality, at least it’s short run time and fast paced action meant that the film is engaging and fun to watch. 

The plot is fairly standard, and you know how it’s going to play out almost from the get go.  As soon as Lino’s mentor is shot you could foretell the story almost scene for scene,  But I guess there is a reason that films stick to this formula, because as predictable as it is, there is something really entertaining about watching fully grown men in car chases, blowing things up, shooting shit and beating the hell out of each other.  If the formula ain’t broke, don’t fix it right.  Maybe they could have tried and done something a little different, but as a fan of senseless action films, I am, kinda glad they didn’t.

The biggest let down fir me here was the script.  The dialogue was just a bit flat.  All the excitement etc came from the action going on during a scene, very little emotion was portrayed through the use of the characters dialogue.  As a knock on effect of this, I also think it made the characters seem kind of flat.  They don’t really have a lot of meaningful interactions, so we find out only very limited information about their relationships too each other, and we find out very little about the characters themselves.  Maybe it was a good thing the story focuses on the action sequences so much.  Because without them, there would be very little substance to the film at all.

By far not the worst crime film put out by Netflix, and entertaining in it’s own way, I can recommend this one as a way to spend a free afternoon during lockdown.

Lost Bullet is available to stream on Netflix now!

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