Restless is a 2022 French action crime thriller film about a corrupt cop’s life spiralling out of control when he to cover up an accident.
Written and directed by cinematographer Régis Blondeau, making his feature directorial debut. It is a remake of the 2014 Korean movie A Hard Day (aka Ggeutggaji ganda).
The movie stars Franck Gastambide, Simon Abkarian, Michaël Abiteboul, Tracy Gotoas, Jemima West and Serge Hazanavicius.
As he is under investigation for corruption, Lieutenant Thomas Blin (Franck Gastambide) has to go to his mother’s funeral in the middle of the night. While trying to avoid a dog on the road, he accidentally hits a man and kills him on the spot.
Panicked, he decides to hide the body. Believing to be off the hook, he finds himself embarking on a downward spiral when the investigation of the missing individual is entrusted to one of his colleagues, and a mysterious witness tries to blackmail him…
“In the Restless world, you really cannot choose a good guy as every person is somehow involved in foul play, and perhaps the lack of extremely good and bad makes it a decent watch […] It is an engaging watch with nothing much to think about…” Digital Mafia Talkies
“Restless tried in vain to take the original blueprint from a fantastic action thriller, pump even more action to it and call it a day, without understanding what made the original good in the first place. Restless better be avoided as there are many other good offerings out there if what you are looking for are action and thrills.” 3/10 Fiction Horizon
“It lacks a plot in the story’s very important protagonist, and it continues the storyline in the way that has been done hundreds and thousands of times from other movies. It is both easy to guess and frustrating that will the remake come to you, won’t it be anything new or different?” 2/5 Filmy Hype
“It’s entertaining, but definitely best to watch without any spoilers. Something you can’t possibly do if you’ve watched the movie that this is a remake of. However, if you’re not familiar with the story and many plot twists, this makes for an intense thriller with crazy action elements.” Heaven of Horror
“Most of the direction feels derivative and filler-like. Regis Blondeau, the director of the film, tries to borrow bits and pieces from modern classics to create an uncompelling mess. There is no clarity in what he does and how he handles the moving parts of his story. The storytelling is toothless and without purpose.” High on Films
“Restless made me wonder why I am expected to feel sympathy for the bad guy. Or even follow him, for that matter. Plus, the storyline follows the most predictable route that you’ve seen a million times and leaves you feeling annoyed and dissatisfied.” Leisure Byte
“Overall, as a directorial debut, this film is a decent, easy watch. The film doesn’t offer anything new regarding the storyline — it’s all something we’ve seen before, but there is comfort in this, so if you’re looking for an okay, mindless action film Restless is the one.” Ready Steady Cut
Restless will premiere on Netflix on February 25th 2022.
Cast and characters:
Franck Gastambide … Thomas
Simon Abkarian … Marelli
Michaël Abiteboul … Marc
Tracy Gotoas … Naomi
Jemima West … Agathe
Serge Hazanavicius … Commissaire Vaubour
Victoire Zenner … Louise
Perez Michael … Michael Bourgi
Nabil Missoumi … Barcelo
Fabrice de la Villehervé … Responsable Chambre Mortuaire
Anaïs Ciriello … Infirmière 1
Arnaud Dumont … Gendarme au barrage
Patrick Bull … Chef de Brigade au barrage
Marius Blondeau … Agent Bertin
Laurence Briand … Infirmière 2
Pierre Cevaer … Vigile PC sécurité Pierre
Blaise Ludik … Tatoué
Hélène Viviès … Commandante IGPN
Laurent Maurel … Commissaire Libanski
Sans répit “Without Letting Up”
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