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22 Bullets (2010)

L'immortel (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 24 March 2010 (France)
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A retired mobster goes on a revenge spree after being left for dead with 22 bullets in his body by his former childhood friend.


Richard Berry


Franz-Olivier Giesbert (novel), Richard Berry (scenario and adaptation) | 6 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Charly Matteï
Kad Merad ... Tony Zacchia
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Martin Beaudinard
Marina Foïs ... Marie Goldman
Joey Starr ... Le pistachier (as JOEYSTARR)
Richard Berry ... Aurelio Rampoli
Venantino Venantini ... Padovano
Claude Gensac ... Mme Fontarosa
Joséphine Berry ... Eva Matteï
Max Baissette de Malglaive ... Anatole Matteï
Catherine Samie ... Stella Matteï
Moussa Maaskri ... Karim
Lucie Phan Lucie Phan ... Pat Nguyen
Fani Kolarova Fani Kolarova ... Christelle Mattei
Jessica Forde ... Clothilde


Charly Mattei has turned a new leaf on his past as an outlaw. For the past three years he's been living a comfortable life and devoting himself to his wife and two kids. However, one winter morning, he's left for dead in the underground parking garage of Marseille's Old Port with 22 bullets in his body. Against all odds, he will not die. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Le sang versé ne sèche jamais (Spilt blood doesn't dry)


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Release Date:

24 March 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

22 Bullets See more »


Box Office


€18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,612,032 (France), 28 March 2010, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite their characters being friends since youth in this movie, and thus presumably the same age (as shown in flashback), actor Jean Reno is more than 15 years older than co-star Kad Merad. See more »


When Charly Matteï is driving and looking for an empty parking slot, his car has a major crack in his windshield. After finding a spot and shutting down the engine the crack is gone. See more »


Referenced in Nanoman: Fekalonia (2015) See more »


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Violent French revenge thriller...
20 May 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

I have to admit that 22 Bullets is quite a bit more violent than I'm comfortable with; bursts, yes but this revenge thriller starring the venerable Jean Reno is fairly constant, unrelenting and rather ugly.

Yes, it's certificate 18 and is about mobsters, current and ex, slaughtering each other, so I shouldn't be surprised and of course, I could have turned it off. But, it's quite a good movie, quite a long one at a whisker under two hours and so I stuck it out. My three stars is not altered by feelings on this aspect.

Reno, as Charly Mattei is reliably grizzled and back in his native language, does not suffer the stumbling block he had with the English language that he did when he made films in the U.S. Here, he's natural and believable - not exactly likable but it's impossible not to side with him when he stalks his enemies. There's a pretty high body count, accompanied by some very realistic looking wounds, that really aren't very attractive to look at! The make-up department did well, here.

The music has a big part to play in creating the tone, often thunderous and pounding and along with often frenetic camera-work, the film's undeniably jolting and exciting, though those prone to suffering one may well get a migraine as bad as the one that one of the mobsters did.

There are a good number of reviews for this title that outline plot details. I'm going to leave that out - people don't need to read that over again.

All in all, it's a solid movie on a familiar theme, quite involved with some exciting action and stunts. Reno is very good, as all the actors are. If you like your thrillers full-blood and graphically violent, then this could well be an excellent rental or DVD purchase. Me - it's not my favourite and will leave it at that.

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