‘Lost Bul­let’ whizzes past car chases, fist­fights

Arab News - - &finally - Gau­ta­man Bhaskaran Chennai

There is noth­ing like a film packed with nail-bit­ing car chases and bul­lets whizzing past to beat lock­down bore­dom. French di­rec­tor Guil­laume Pier­ret’s first fea­ture, “Lost Bul­let,” has th­ese in­gre­di­ents and more, in­clud­ing a very hu­man story of two broth­ers. Now stream­ing on Net­flix, “Lost Bul­let” inched it­self to No. 4 among the top 10 ti­tles in the UK last week­end.

Writ­ten by Pier­ret him­self, the plot’s pro­tag­o­nist is au­to­mo­bile me­chanic Lino (Al­ban Lenoir), a ge­nius with rammed cars. The first scene has Lino and his friend Quentin (Rod Paradot) crash­ing their ve­hi­cle into a jew­elry store and run­ning through one con­crete wall after an­other.

Chased by the po­lice and un­able to run away be­cause his seat­belt is stuck, Lino ends up in pri­son. Notic­ing his po­ten­tial and tal­ent, the head of a spe­cial drug unit, Cha­ras (Ramzy Be­dia), strikes a deal: Work for us as a me­chanic and en­joy an early re­lease.

Ev­ery­thing seems hunky-dory, but Cha­ras is killed in what ap­pears to be in­tra-po­lice ri­valry, and Lino be­comes a con­ve­nient scape­goat. He es­capes and knows he has to prove his in­no­cence, and the clue to this is a bul­let lodged in Cha­ras’s car. Good script­ing and di­rec­tion draw “Lost Bul­let” away from a pre­dictable plot, en­trench­ing it firmly on a path of sus­pense and sheer thrill. This also helps us un­der­stand the mo­tives be­hind the ac­tions of each char­ac­ter, flesh­ing them out in the process.

Much like the pop­u­lar French star of the 1970s, Jean-Paul Bel­mondo, who was a mas­ter at per­form­ing his own, of­ten very dan­ger­ous stunts, Lenoir did the death-de­fy­ing acts him­self, with­out dou­bles or CGI. In fact, some of the scenes were re-writ­ten with Lenoir’s help to achieve this.

There are some great mo­ments, es­pe­cially when Lino takes on a dozen cops in a po­lice sta­tion. The fi­nal car chase sums up the work that Lenoir and Pier­ret put in to turn “Lost Bul­let” into one long ex­cit­ing af­fair. But do not look for logic.


‘Lost Bul­let’ is French di­rec­tor Guil­laume Pier­ret’s first fea­ture.

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