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Point of No Return (The Assassin) (1993)

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Director John Badham's remake of French action thriller La Femme Nikita moves the action to the U.S., where Maggie (Bridget Fonda) is a strung-out Washington, D.C. drug addict who kills a policeman in a pharmaceutical-induced haze. Sentenced to death, Maggie is rescued by a shady operative, Bob (Gabriel Byrne), who offers to save her life if she'll become a covert government assassin. Maggie agrees and trains for a life as a professional killer under a new name, Claudia. Her classes include

Aug 19, 2003

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Hollywood, in its infinite wisdom, figures it can make better American pulp than the French can. As it turns out, Hollywood is right.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

A remake faithful to the film upon which it is based and an intelligent, thrilling action film with a real story and solid acting.

January 2, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Totally unnecessary, sterile remake of LA FEMME NIKITA.

November 26, 2003
AboutFilm.com

bah. rent the French original

October 29, 2003
Flick Filosopher

An okay remake of the better LA FEMME NIKITA. Captures the spirit, but not the intensity.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Fonda looks great in that little black cocktail dress, but this studio remake robs the terrific original of its soul.

August 13, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Bridget looks great, but the film is hackneyed.

July 26, 2002
Las Vegas Mercury

Point of No Return is violent, loud, profane, angry, nasty and, in terms of its plot, often quite ridiculous. In other words, it has all the makings of a box office hit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Point of No Return (The Assassin)

Some great OTT set pieces with strong performances from Fonda, Keitel and Byrne, but not quite as affecting as it wants to be and severely dated. Full review later.
August 10, 2012
TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

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Even though its regarded as a poor remake of the original french film, this is still a good action film. Fonda is supremely sexy as 'Nina' the woman turned around to an assassin, its pretty violent and there's plenty of gun play with steamy scenes.
Keitel is great as the cold cleaner, his scene is very unnerving and chilling really, no emotions that man.

Bancroft is perfect as the classy elegant female who must teach 'Nina' to become a lady and deadly at the same time and Byrne is good as her boss in his usual stoic manner. It is kinda dated now of course but it still works well, nothing too amazing but its a solid action thriller, Fonda makes it for sure.
May 6, 2012
phubbs1

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Point of No Return is a prime example of a remake that exists for no reason. It's literally a carbon copy of the original, but set in the US. Even the apartment has the same broken roof panels. There's just no reason I can see why they wanted to make the same exact movie over again. It's not like the cast is all that explosive; Bridget Fonda is just average at best. There's nothing interesting being done visually or content-wise in this that in any way makes it stand out. The only benefit to this version in the context of an American audience is you don't have subtitles, which is apparently enough of a reason to pour millions of dollars into a project. To Say this is bad is wrong, it's just extremely mediocre and pointless. Any human being with half a brain can see that compared to the French version it's just a lame copy. It also has a cheeseball ending thrown in to top it all off.
August 24, 2011
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