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Fady Ghaly's reviews
on September 19, 2001
Bullet is a stylish mix of vindictiveness and vengeance. It voyages into the dark underworld of two men who share a bitter hatred and grudging respect between one another. It elucidates of just what it takes to survive on the streets of reckless drugs and vengeful gangs. And while it may appear as being your average gangster film with nothing more to it than a number one soundtrack, pessimistic dialogue and pistol-packing thugs whose only pursuit in life's to blow everyone else's brains away for virtually no reason at all but for the sheer appeal it has to many viewers out there, it isn't. As it focuses more upon moral values and the consequences that are made between you and loved ones if deciding to be so careless as to not altering such a perilous lifestyle that's good for nothing but taking away your dignity, everything that you believe in and the person that you once were in whom others so deeply treasured. As it converts you to another one of the filth-a degrading individual who seeks out for nothing but the rush of getting high, the rush to dissolve away such tainted afflictions.
Though such a bleak and moody picture ultimately has you aware that a delightful conclusion is something it won't exactly offer as Bullet's probabilities of making it out alive begin to slender, the director has him use all the good that is left in him, all the use rather, to telegraph to others the life they'll be enduring if ever deciding to be like him and following such a hazy path that'll ultimately lead you to your doom. Though he did not necessarily get along with two specific characters fresh out of school and new to the hood, he, rather than giving them the pleasure of getting physical near the end when they had one last encounter with him inside a nightclub, rolls up his sleeves and, while solemnly looking at them with eyes so swollen you would presume he was through hell and back, shows them of just how overpowering things you pick up from the streets are, and then, when succeeded in sucking them into the moment, shrewdly admonishes them that if they do choose to follow in his footsteps, they aren't ever going to make it out alive.
What is so unique about this piece is that the director, rather than glamorizing drugs, he makes his point and he makes his point well in this realistic melodrama by showing us what great effects lies beneath such substances, and Bullet was someone in whom he used to accomplish that goal. Like a chain smoker that now winds up drawing in and exhaling smoke out from the hole in his throat which had to be surgically made, you can't help but recoil away.
The cast was stupendous, as they delivered some of the most powerful and hypnotic performances I have ever seen. The word "hypnotic" would most notably stand for Mickey Rourke's performance that are especially noticed throughout depictions of various drug induced hazes, who perfectly essayed the smooth roll of an easygoing drug attic with no care for his own life, and who clearly knows where his future is heading at. His character may have created little confusion at first as to why he was sentenced for eight years in prison, although once you find out you develop a whole new kind of esteem for him and the film.