Colt 45

2014

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

13
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 100%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 1599

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Cast

Richard Sammel as Major
Amr Waked as Baron
Simon Abkarian as Commandant Luc Denard
Alice Taglioni as Capitaine Isabelle Le Franc

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by happytrigger-64-390517 10 / 10

a stunning destiny for a young gun champion cop

From Belgium, here comes the fifth movie directed by Fabrice Du Welz.

And what an excellent thriller, a unique and tragic initiation for a young cop who is the most skillful in guns but refuses to get involved in criminal investigation. But he is required by some very special cops, and what a hell... in the french war police. His story is diving in deeper and darker waters...

Ymanol Perset is perfect in playing this magnificent character. We must not forget Gérard Lanvin, Joey Starr, Alexandre Brasseur (remember his father Claude in Robin Davis movie on a similar subject 35 years ago) and all the others. Special appearance by Gerard Watkins (son of Peter Watkins).

Du Welz direction is precise and full of strong surprises, offering us a 85 minutes masterpiece, no length at all.

Hanx to Philippe for recommending it since a long time.

Reviewed by abisio 10 / 10

Unexpected !!!! will keep you breathless

Vincent Milès is a young but highly skilled shooting instructor for the French police. No family or friends (his father was killed by criminals and he was raised by his best friend; a very tough and obsessive cop). Miles is an outstanding shooter but he never wanted to be in the streets; but unexpected circumstances forces him to the real world of criminals and corruption. Forget everything you imagine. The movie is quite unpredictable and nothing is like it seem. Things gets extremely ugly and violent. This is not the typical political correct movie about police. Cops here are corrupt in different levels and far from friends. Events are barely explained and occur so fast you cannot blink or stop paying attention. Many will die in really unexpected ways. In brief; the lesser to know about the movie is the better but it will keep you hook up for brief 85 minutes but stay in your mind for long time.

Reviewed by msroz 6 / 10

Joey Starr makes a killer out of Ymanol Perset

"Colt 45" (2014), an okay crime-police story, not more and not less, opens with Ymanol Perset being the winner of a shooting school among cops. But his job is not as a line cop. He's an arms specialist.

The French cop force depicted here is sharply divided into sections that can be extremely antagonistic to one another, as shown by a fierce hatred between Gérard Lanvin's group and that of Simon Abkarian. Another very secret group is an anti-terrorist outfit with carte blanche, which means it can cross over into lawlessness, and it does.

Perset's character is 22 years old and naive. He talks too much. He can't size people up. He's impulsive, but he is not a killer and has no intent to be one. Joey Starr gains his confidence and learns about body-armor busting bullets that Perset has invented. Starr looks for ways to trap Perset into his outfit, which is kept unclear for awhile. Is he a bad guy or a good guy, or both? Starr finds a way both to unloose Perset's killing instinct and to get him in his grasp. Perset goes along with a form of blackmail, and the consequences get worse and worse for him personally and for some cops around him who die. Finally, he goes on the offensive, resulting in lots of bodies. He has gone from one extreme to the other.

The movie plays like it's designed for sequels in which Perset's character joins the super-secret anti-terrorist elite squad. We shall see. Its action runs 76 minutes before the credits roll.

This action-crime neo-noir is swift, sharp and violent, depicting men (mainly) in police work who are habituated to their work, hooked on it, even though it tends to destroy their humanity and meld them with the criminals they are after.

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