After watching two Canadian films lately one being “River Road” and “Bullet Proof” the subject of this review there is no doubt Canadians can make nasty films full of rotten and despicable characters.
In “Bullet Proof” the Thief (never actually named in the film) played by James C. Clayton rips off drug Dealer Temple (Vinnie Jones) and such heists rarely end up with a happy ending. The chase is on with Temple and his thugs fond of facial tatoos with hitman The Frenchman (Janvier Katabarwa). Temple is a ruthless maniac and The Frenchman a low key and efficient killer. The Thief has a little problem. Hiding in his getaway car is Temple’s pregnant wife Mia (Lina Lecompte) desperate to escape abusive Temple. Temple is a mean bugger but becomes even more vicious taking the attempted escape of his wife very personally.
So who would like this film;
- Fans of Canadian cinema always anxious to see how the film stacks up internationally. These fans will not be disappointed with this film. While there is some of that gee golly Canadian touches to the film the fact that Lionsgate is distributing the movie rather gives it a seal of potential mass market appeal.
- Fans liking a shoot em up film will see lots of bullets fly.
- Fans liking hateable bad guys. Plenty of them here.
- Fans liking a good” chase film”. In fact the entire film is a chase film!
- Fans liking a proper sense of retribution.
The acting throughout is solid so much so do not throw popcorn on the screen when you see Temple.
Yes The Thief, James C. Clayton, makes his directorial debut.
You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hOfNvRaPuQ&list=PPSV
The film opens in select North American theatres, Apple TV and on VOD on August 19.
RKS Film Rating 83/100.