This impressively lean French thriller wastes nothing in its quest to ship the products.
Take the plot, for instance. Lino (Alban Lenoir) has been framed for a homicide he didn’t commit. The one approach he can beat the cost is to search out an incriminating bullet that the true wrongdoer left embedded within the dashboard.
The director Guillaume Pierret, making a assured characteristic debut on Netflix, correctly doesn’t get slowed down in extraneous particulars. The brotherly relationship between Lino — a genius mechanic lifted from jail to turbocharge a police unit’s chase vehicles — and his protégé, Quentin (Rod Paradot), doesn’t eat up display screen time. Neither does Lino’s barely-alluded-to romance with a cop named Julia (Stéfi Celma, of the Netflix sequence “Name My Agent!”).
Solely on the very finish can we uncover that the unhealthy man leads a comfortable home life with a spouse and son. A lesser movie might need spent a number of valuable minutes exploring that setup to humanize him, however Pierret clearly was not : Who cares about some rotten dude’s inside life? Lino must get that pink Renault to the cops, stat!
This bare-knuckle minimalism extends to the movie’s model. Pierret avoids the crutches acquainted to many American films: Weapons don’t determine a lot apart from the shot that will get Lino in bother, and there aren’t large explosions, both. Moderately, the motion scenes depend on legible choreography and fluid modifying. Whoever directs the following Jack Reacher film can be nicely suggested to check the set piece by which Lino kicks and punches his approach out of a police station, and the ultimate chase is straight out of “Mad Max” in its heart-pounding simplicity.
The finale is open sufficient to counsel a sequel is possible. It may well’t come rapidly sufficient.
Not rated. Working time: 1 hour 33 minutes. Watch on Netflix.
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