Noob Reviews: Lost Bullet
Updated: Sep 13
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Lost Bullet about?
Lost Bullet aka Balle Perdue is a recently released French action-thriller based around Lino, a mechanic infamous for his car modifications and driving skills. After being arrested during a failed jewellery heist, Lino is recruited by the head of France’s elite Go Fast unit. A police unit which specialises in the apprehension and capture of criminal elements utilising high-speed vehicles to ship guns and drugs across the country.
Unfortunately for Lino, although befriending his recruiter (Charas) and working loyally for the Go Fast unit under his friend’s supervision to drastically increase the capture rate of these elite criminals. Lino is drawn into one of Charas’ recent investigations and finds himself framed for his friend’s murder by corrupt elements within the police that have been helping shipments escape capture. Something that had been bothering Charas.
Unable to prove his innocence and combat the accusations of the corrupt officers, Lino’s only chance is to go on the run until he can retrieve a single bullet casing from inside of the car Charas was shot in - and use it to prove his innocence. And bring the murderers to justice.
Is the film only in French audio? Or is there an English version too?
Lost Bullet is available in both an original French audio and English audio version on Netflix, along with the usual subtitles.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When did it come out?
Lost Bullet was released as a Netflix exclusive in June 2020.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Alban Lenoir (Lino)
Nicolas Duvauchelle (Areski)
Stéfi Celma (Julia)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Lost Bullet?
At this point, before I go into it too much, I would just like to mention I love foreign films, whether they be French, Asian or other - there have been some fantastic ones I really loved. Some of my top ten films of all times are French, such as Switchblade Romance, Brotherhood of the Wolf and District 13. Because of this, I have approached the review as I would do with any other film.
When seeing the trailer, I thought Lost Bullet looked great, it gave me some Fast and the Furious like vibes and made me think back to 2004 when I first saw District 13 (aka Banlieue 13 in French). Unfortunately what was an exciting looking trailer was let down by the film itself. The typical tale of one’s best moments all been clipped into a trailer that hooks you in but has little to offer afterwards.
I found the film to have a very generic and boring storyline that had had both the same thing and many many twists, overplayed, throughout multiple other films. Some handle the story better and some admittedly worse. However, what Lost Bullet lacked is any soul or passion - the actors seemed dull, uninterested and low energy and even the musical score and soundtrack was just as ‘enthusiastic.’ Admittedly there were some get-up and go moments that piqued my interest, but overall it was very slow-paced, the choreographed sequences and fights, for the most part, were over the top but appeared slow in their execution. Almost hesitant. Which killed the wow factor and action vibe the film was trying to hit. It was as if there was no continuous pacing and structure throughout the film.
Overall the film was an okay watch - nothing to write home about and not something I would recommend as a first choice. As there are many other better entries out there that handle the same story - but if you do find yourself curious after watching the trailer. It’s an easy switch off and watch for ninety minutes.
What rating would you give Lost Bullet?
I would rate Lost Bullet with a mediocre 2.75 out of 5 bananas.
What appeared to have so much potential was let down by lacklustre acting, an overused story and poorly executed fight scenes. There are a few redeeming moments and stunts, but you’re not really missing out on anything if you give this one a miss.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Lost Bullet and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out here if you have a Netflix subscription.