‘Burn Out’ Netflix Film Review

March 15, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 1
Film, Film Reviews, Netflix


Burn Out is a French actioner with the need for speed, and little else. It might not be deep or complex or original, but it’s well-constructed and has the goods where it counts.



Burn Out is a French actioner with the need for speed, and little else. It might not be deep or complex or original, but it’s well-constructed and has the goods where it counts.

Yann Gozlan‘s Burn Out, about a speed-demon motorcycle racer forced to moonlight as a drug courier, is nothing new. In fact, it’s everything old; a well-worn premise, a predictable plot, and relatively rote characters navigating the same kind of genre framework that we’ve seen time and time again. But that would be underselling the French film a bit. Perhaps fittingly for a film about racing super-bikes, Burn Out moves at a breakneck clip, and what it lacks in emotion, drama, and originality it makes up for in tension and, of course, a fair amount of speed.

The implausibly handsome François Civil plays Tony, a promising racer forced to put his skills to work as a mobster mule, and he makes a solid leading man. Most of the characters in Burn Out are defined by how they look, and Tony looks like the leather-clad leading man of a genre movie – and thus he is. There’s something to be said for pure superficiality in a movie like this; if the bikes are piloted by handsome dudes and travel very quickly, and frequently tilt remarkably close to the ground or narrowly avoid head-on collisions, then do we really need to know anything else?

Caring is overrated. I didn’t give much of a s**t about Tony’s plight, despite efforts to convince me otherwise, and I don’t think I enjoyed Burn Out any less for that. Genre film exists for a reason, and oftentimes that reason is the power of pure sensation; how something looks and feels, not what it’s about, or what it has to say. Burn Out looks slick, and it feels like clinging to a high-speed vehicle for dear life. Gozlan’s film might be predictable and stereotypical, but it’s never boring. You’d be surprised how much of a welcome surprise that can be.

1 thought on “‘Burn Out’ Netflix Film Review

  • March 31, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Never boring? A fair amount of speed? “Burn Out looks slick, and it feels like clinging to a high speed vehicle for dear life”.

    Did you even really watch this film? How much were you paid to promote this piece of junk? This review would make one think it was “Top Gun” on motorcycles. If you were paid to do a good review of this film, you went way overboard with the compliments. Not only did the film do a horrible job at portraying any kind of fast speeds, it did an even worse job of adding tension to any of those moments on the bikes. The storyline is so un-original, it’s amazing how the movie couldn’t place a decent quality of any element in the film. It was a shame, really, because some of the actors really did a great job of trying to make the film succeed. It takes a bit more than just some decent actors to pull it off, though. It also takes more than bribing, or persuading, a reviewer to give them good marks where it doesn’t count. I would think I could be wrong about the reviewer being swayed to a more fair judgment, but that would just mean the movie reviewer doesn’t know much about movies. No matter how you look at it, the reasons to why this article exists are sad and do nobody any good. Nice try, though. Here’s my take of the film, not that you care.

    The movie “Burn Out”, now on Netflix, will do nothing to stake a claim on why it’s called “Burn Out”. That is, until the end credits roll and the viewer realizes they were burned out from watching the film 45 minutes before it ended. Save yourself the trip through this movie and put the brakes on it early, then throttle your way out of it and into a film worthy of watching.

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