‘Lost Bullet’ whizzes past car chases, fistfights

 “Lost Bullet” is French director Guillaume Pierret’s first feature. (Supplied)
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Updated 29 June 2020

‘Lost Bullet’ whizzes past car chases, fistfights

CHENNAI: There is nothing like a film packed with nail-biting car chases and bullets whizzing past to beat lockdown boredom. French director Guillaume Pierret’s first feature, “Lost Bullet,” has these ingredients and more, including a very human story of two brothers. Now streaming on Netflix, “Lost Bullet” inched itself to No. 4 among the top 10 titles in the UK last weekend.

Written by Pierret himself, the plot’s protagonist is automobile mechanic Lino (Alban Lenoir), a genius with rammed cars. The first scene has Lino and his friend Quentin (Rod Paradot) crashing their vehicle into a jewelry store and running through one concrete wall after another.

Chased by the police and unable to run away because his seatbelt is stuck, Lino ends up in prison. Noticing his potential and talent, the head of a special drug unit, Charas (Ramzy Bedia), strikes a deal: Work for us as a mechanic and enjoy an early release.

Everything seems hunky-dory, but Charas is killed in what appears to be intra-police rivalry, and Lino becomes a convenient scapegoat. He escapes and knows he has to prove his innocence, and the clue to this is a bullet lodged in Charas’s car.

Good scripting and direction draw “Lost Bullet” away from a predictable plot, entrenching it firmly on a path of suspense and sheer thrill. This also helps us understand the motives behind the actions of each character, fleshing them out in the process.

Much like the popular French star of the 1970s, Jean-Paul Belmondo, who was a master at performing his own, often very dangerous stunts, Lenoir did the death-defying acts himself, without doubles or CGI. In fact, some of the scenes were re-written with Lenoir’s help to achieve this.

There are some great moments, especially when Lino takes on a dozen cops in a police station. The final car chase sums up the work that Lenoir and Pierret put in to turn “Lost Bullet” into one long exciting affair. But do not look for logic.


Instagram flooded with well wishes as influencer Leena Kaziz hospitalized

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Instagram flooded with well wishes as influencer Leena Kaziz hospitalized

DUBAI: This week, social media feeds were flooded with well-wishes for Dubai-based fashion influencer Leena Kaziz, who was hospitalized from what appears to be a severe allergic reaction. The Syrian influencer posted a picture of herself with swollen eyes and hooked up to an IV at the hospital on Instagram this week, prompting regional influencers and bloggers to comment and wish her a speedy recovery. 

“Hbb sending you lots of love and well wishes, you got this! (sic)” wrote Fozaza in the comment section. Lebanese television host and entrepreneur Joelle Mardinian also took to the comments to share her well wishes. “Omg get well soon,” she wrote alongside the praying hands emoji. 

“Thank you to each and everyone who messaged and/or called,” wrote Kaziz on Instagram. “Thank you for your kindness and prayers. It means the world to me. I am trying to stay positive. Hopefully getting better and will recover soon,” she said.

Various media outlets are reporting that Kaziz allegedly suffered an allergic reaction from a lash-lifting procedure she had undergone. The influencer hasn’t confirmed the allegations, and wrote that she will soon share the details of what happened.

“I promise I will share the details of what happened to me soon,” she said. “Everyone deserves to know. I love you my lovelies.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Since I was young I used to sneak into my mom’s dressing room to play with her makeup and jewelry, I grew up obsessed with finding ways to make myself prettier. I knew I was enough just the way I was but I still got carried away with what is only normal in our world.. being skinny, having shiny long hair, long sexy lashes, fuller lips, better under eyes, and so on. I knew I was enough but I still got carried away. With time I started measuring how precious my body was with calories and appeal. Instead of how well it’s been keeping me alive! I almost forgot the true purpose of my eyes.. my sight! As if They only existed for me to make them prettier! I forgot how blessed I am to have all of my senses! What happened to me was a wakeup call! We are often too obsessed with becoming prettier and more appealing that we forget to really protect ourselves from our own self. [I am thankful for my own self just the way I was created. My self.. My body.. Working day and night to keep me alive. I will never allow myself to forget that.] ‎من وقت ما كنت صغيرة كنت أتسلل لغرفة ملابس أمي لإلعب بمكياجها ومجوهراتها ، كبرت وانا مهووسة بإيجاد طرق لخلي حالي أجمل. كنت بعرف أني انا كافيًا تمامًا متل ما انا ، بس ضليت متاخدة بيلي صار طبيعي بعالمنا .. كون نحيفة ، وشعري طويل لامع ، رموشي طويلة ،شفافي كبيرة ، وتحت العينين أفضل ، وكتير شغلات غير. كنت بعرف أنني حلوة متل ما انا بس ضليت متاخدة. ‎مع مرور الوقت بدأت قياس مدى قيمة جسمي بالالسعرات الحرارية والجاذبية. بدل ما قدر جسمي على قدرتو انو يخليني عايشة! ‎عشوي كنت بنسى الهدف الحقيقي من عيني .. ويلي هوة بصري! كأنو عيوني نوجدو بس لخليون أجمل! نسيت كم أنا محظوظة أنو عندي كل حواسي! ‎يلي صار معي هالفترة فيقني و فتحلي عيوني عالحقيقة! غالبًا ما منكون مهووسين أنو نصير أجمل وأكثر جاذبية لدرجة أنو مننسى حماية أنفسنا من أنفسنا. ‎[أنا ليوم ممتن لنفسي بالطريقة التي خلقت فيها. ذاتي .. جسدي .. يلي بيشتغل ليل نهار ليخليني عايشة. ما حإسمح لنفسي أنو أنسى هاد الشي أبدًا.]

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On Wednesday, she shared a cryptic post with her 324,000 Instagram followers, saying that what happened to her “was a wakeup call.”

“We are often too obsessed with becoming prettier and more appealing that we forget to really protect ourselves from our own self,” she said in a lengthy text. “I am thankful for my own self just the way I was created. My self... my body... Working day and night to keep me alive. I will never allow myself to forget that.”

In addition to thoughtful comments and well wishes, Kaziz also received plenty of flowers from Dubai’s it-girls, including from Libyan Maram Zbaeda, who sent the influencer a colorful bouquet.