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Jan 21, 2011

I watched enough movies to at least learn that professional assassins worth the money for hire, did their job cleanly and effectively. Two in the chest, one in the head. That’s how it should’ve been carried out. So, when seven masked people stormed Jean Reno, unleashed their ammo from a close range and only managed to land “22 Bullets” on him and not even able to kill him, I had a premonition that the film would go nowhere but downhill. Indeed, this film is among Jean Reno’s worst film that I’ve ever seen. Made worse with the fact that I’m nearly clueless about the film’s who and what. It’s not that hard to follow but you had to pay a dear attention for the first few minutes and even so, the unfamiliar faces and reading subtitles made it a bit harder that it should’ve been.

This is the third film I’ve seen this month that romanticised the ‘evil’ guys and second that put this ‘evil’ guys on a ‘justifiable’ revenge path. The first seven minutes of this film introduces us to Jean Reno and his eventual downfall when he was ambushed, riddled with shots, and left for dead. Only of course, he isn’t.

On a plus, this film isn’t really a simple revenge. It puts a little bit of personalization to its characters and provides ample background for each to give this film a run for its two hours length and more than sufficient reason to root for Jean Reno. It’s actually quite interesting but as a tradeoff, it would be a little while before we get into the juicy parts. I figured that some people will simply get bored with it. I mean, I was almost pulling myself to keep the interest afloat. Not to mention the need to constantly read the subtitle as my French is a bit rusty and therefore, often put me in a position where I had to made assumptions of what’s what and who’s who.

And then there’s the case where sometime in the movie we’re treated into a scene, well, two separate scenes where a question would inevitably pop up in your head had you paid a little attention to the movie. “Didn’t he just had …, then why does he able to do ….?” For the sake of spoilers, I shall left the two words from the question remains blank.

In overall, it’s largely uneven experience. There are some scenes where the film promises to be a much interesting journey than it actually was, the level of violence were kept at mild even if when it has to, it treated the need for it unflinchingly, and some of the actions would be appreciated although one of the car chase scene was laughably bad. In short, I couldn’t find a better example in recent memory to show how uneven a film can be. This film flipping between okay and bad as often as I switched Windows during one of my multitasking day. If anything, it was among the worst Jean Reno film that I’ve seen.

My rating: *1/2 / **** – Flipping between okay and bad at an alarming rate, some of this revenge flick has a merit to satisfy both casual viewers and fans of action film. But eventually, the holes that ridden the flimsy plot would be too obvious to ignore.

Jan 16, 2011

  • Altitude (2010) - This film is one of those where I had completely unaware about it’s existence which considering that I was quite well informed about anything films related, implies that it was either a direct to video or a complete and utter crap that popular movie blogs such as Cinematical or slashfilm doesn’t even bothered to make […] »

Jan 13, 2011

  • Faster (2010) - When it comes to movies, my mind subconsciously treated the adjective “Fast” with derogatory manners. Thanks to Paul Walker. Therefore, initially, I’ve already had a misconception on this film before even I started to gets the whiff of it. Granted, the film isn’t half bad, but the title itself, is a misleading one. Once I […] »

Jan 11, 2011

  • Little Fockers (2010) - In the parts of my life, where I considered myself started to approach films with a fervent and a near unhealthy obsession, Robert De Niro will always be one of the greatest actor. He’s a legend. “Heat,” “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” and especially, “Raging Bull,” will always have a dear place in yours truly’s heart here. But, […] »
  • The American (2010) - Typically, European films that I’ve seen are usually slow, quiet, and never explains more than it is necessary. Which is why I love (most of) it. In that respect, “The American” is every bit an European film and George Clooney, who co-produced this film and played as Jack/Edward shown that he’s a good actor who […] »

Jan 04, 2011

  • Winter’s Bone (2010) - In this age where protagonists in movies are usually invincible, and can’t do no wrong, it is infinitely pleasing to see one that features an ordinary protagonist. One that had no superpowers, one who bled when took a beating and had to spent the rest of the night and the next day to nurse the […] »

Jan 03, 2011

  • The Tourist (2010) - Here’s the thing. Angelina Jolie is majestic. Gorgeously regal. Her every whisk, every brisk, every pouted lip, every longing stare, every steps, every seconds of her presence in this otherwise mediocre film was one of the only two thing that kept me glued on screen. That, and picture perfect Venice as the backdrop of this […] »
  • Gulliver’s Travels (2010) - I’m not a photographer, but I love tilt-shift effect photography. In fact, there was a time when I almost bought a prosumer camera just to get my hands on it. Fortunately, I’m not that crazy. Yet. This film employs the said effect on its opening credit sequences to a great result. I love it. Shame, […] »

Dec 31, 2010

  • My Top-8 of 2010 - One of the few kinks I have for living in Jakarta, and yes, despite its many shortages, there were indeed only a few, was the film choices distributed for local consumptions, or the lack of it. Understandable for its obvious economic reasons, but still… Now this has often led to a hasty conclusion that by […] »

Dec 19, 2010

  • Let Me In (2010) - Quite unfortunate but totally unwarranted, actually, but “Let Me In” suffers before the film had even started and it has nothing to do with the actual film itself. First of all, the title choice is terrible. There is no telling about what is it, nor that it would piqued any positive interest to unsespected viewers. […] »