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L'immortel (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Zacchia
Martin Beaudinard
Marie Goldman
Le pistachier (as JOEYSTARR)
Aurelio Rampoli
Mme Fontarosa
Eva Matteï
Catherine Samie ...
Stella Matteï
Lucie Phan ...
Pat Nguyen
Fani Kolarova ...
Christelle Mattei
Jessica Forde ...


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)


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

24 March 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

22 Bullets  »

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Box Office


€18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,612,032 (France) (28 March 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The home of Charly's mother shown in the film, with its distinctive yellow color and columns on the porch, is the youth hostel outside of Cassis near Marseilles at La Fontasse. Its location in Google Earth is at 43°12'59.78"N and 5°30'35.53"E. See more »


When the gang shoot Reno's character with the 22 bullets, they also use a shotgun. When the bullets are removed, they are all bullets. Shotguns don't fire bullets, they fire pellets. Plus, all the bullets removed are not deformed as they would be if they were actually fired. See more »


Referenced in Nanoman: Fekalonia (2015) See more »


Un Bel Di Vedremo
Music by Giacomo Puccini (as G. Puccini) and lyrics by Giuseppe Giacosa (as G. Giacosa) and Luigi Illica (as L. Illica)
Performed by Maria Callas and Nicolai Gedda
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Violent French revenge thriller...
20 May 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See 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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