Rating: *** 1/2
Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with a movie that combines his patented whimsy with a satirical treatment of the international arms trade. France’s slapstick star Dany Boon stars as a videostore clerk who gets a non-fatal bullet in the brain during an arms deal gone wrong, and decides to take down the men responsible with a contortionist, a math prodigy, a human cannonball, and others. The gorgeously stylized film looks and plays like a live-action cartoon, keeping the dark subject matter from ever overwhelming the comedy. Sheer cinematic joy.
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