Fans of vehicular-based action films like Fast & The Furious are sure to find plenty to love with French director Guillaume Pierret’s debut feature, Lost Bullet (Balle Perdue in its original French)
There is very little fat in Pierret’s first full-length outing.
The director knows exactly what people have come to see, and he makes sure to deliver.
The story follows Lino (Alban Lenoir), a thief who is framed for murder in the first few minutes after a botched heist job.
However, he is soon pulled out of prison to assist the police when it turns out his student, Quentin (Rod Paradot) has been using the skills he’s been taught to assist a dangerous gang of drug runners.
Is it deep or complex? Heck no, but Pierret knows full well that people watching aren’t here for the plot.
They’re here to see fast cars, action-packed fights and the occasional explosion.
And boy, does he deliver on those.
The bad guys are a unique brand of drug runners, called Go Fasts (I assume it makes more sense to native French viewers). Their whole gimmick is that they use specially modified muscle cars to, you guessed it, “go fast” and just out-run the police at the border.
This gives the filmmakers all the excuse they need to craft a series of brilliantly executed action sequences built around these cars, with nail-biting chase scenes aplenty.
Even the writing is built around the idea of keeping the film “lean and mean”, so to speak.
When I reviewed The Old Guard, I praised the way the film took time out between the action to focus on quiet and surprisingly deep character-building moments. However, that film was over two hours long so it could afford to do so.
Lost Bullet is a much shorter 90 minutes and Pierret is smart enough to know better.
Sure, there are a few moments here and there where characters reveal something about themselves to prevent them becoming cardboard cut-outs, but again, these are ultimately secondary concerns to the action.
Most other films would have forgotten this and forced in quiet moments, but Pierret has no such pretentions and that is what makes Lost Bullet such a great time.