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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lost Bullet is a 2020 French action movie in which a criminal gets a reduced sentence by helping a police squad, but is then framed for murder by a crooked cop. Violence is prevalent throughout, including characters getting shot and killed. Characters are shown killed, with blood puddles under their heads. There are lengthy car chases resulting in head-on collisions, accidents, and fires. The lead character and his brother attempt to rob a jewelry store by driving into it at full speed. The movie also has fighting with firearms, blunt objects, punches, and kicks, as well as cigarette smoking and beer drinking. Profanity is heard throughout the movie, including "f--k" and "motherf----rs."
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What's the story?
In LOST BULLET, Lino is sent to jail after attempting to rob a jewelry store with his brother, Quentin, by driving a "go fast" car at top speed through the entrance. He's given a second chance at life by Charas, the leader of a "go fast" police squad, who brings in Lino to work as their mechanic. But when Charas brings Lino with him to find and question Quentin, two more cops, Areski (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and Marco, arrive on the scene and kill Charas. Lino manages to flee the scene but is soon apprehended. Of course, no one believes Lino's story, and the other members of the "go fast" squad believe that Lino is the killer. After Lino manages to escape police custody, he discovers that Areski's car is not the car that was returned to the police. After tracking down his brother, Lino learns that the car is hidden nearby, and that car still contains the bullet that killed Charas, the bullet fired from Areski's gun. As Areski and Marco close in, Lino must track down the car and drive it back to the police station to prove his innocence.
Is it any good?
While it's entertaining enough as action movie fare, there's nothing that particularly stands out here. There are stylized car chase scenes, the requisite plot twists, and an escape from police custody that makes the police custody escape scene from First Blood seem less ludicrous by comparison. It's not as derivative as other action movies that wear their influences on their Vin Diesel leisurewear, but nothing emerges to make it a unique contribution to the genre.
For what it's worth, the characters are more engaging than most action movies in recent memory. There's slightly more depth than, say, the jock dude bros who grunt and bark one-liners in The Fast and Furious franchise. There isn't an overreliance on the bombast that so defines everything Michael Bay hath wrought on contemporary cinema. The story and its pacing move fast enough that you can overlook some of the more ludicrous aspects of the movie, so much so that these ludicrous aspects become part of the entertainment. In the end, Lost Bullet is an entertaining but ultimately forgettable move.
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