Point of No Return (The Assassin) (1993)
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In order to avoid the death penalty, a violent young woman agrees to training as a government assassin. When she falls in love, however, she risks her life in an attempt to leave the profession. This action drama is an Americanized version of the French film La Femme Nikita.
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Critic Reviews for Point of No Return (The Assassin)
It's by no means awful, but I won't re-watch it any time soon, unless I intend to gawk at Bridget Fonda.
Hollywood, in its infinite wisdom, figures it can make better American pulp than the French can. As it turns out, Hollywood is right.
A remake faithful to the film upon which it is based and an intelligent, thrilling action film with a real story and solid acting.
Totally unnecessary, sterile remake of LA FEMME NIKITA.
bah. rent the French original
An okay remake of the better LA FEMME NIKITA. Captures the spirit, but not the intensity.
Fonda looks great in that little black cocktail dress, but this studio remake robs the terrific original of its soul.
Bridget looks great, but the film is hackneyed.
Audience Reviews for Point of No Return (The Assassin)
I was a sucker for Fonda her. But this was actually a decent american version of the awesome french la femme nikita. Gabriel Bryne is awesome in this version.More
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.More
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.
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.More
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