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Point Blank (2011)


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 78
Fresh: 71
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 4,561


Movie Info

Produced by Cyril Colbeau-Justin and Jean-Baptiste Dupont, Point Blank also stars Roschdy Zem, Gerard Lanvin and Elena Anaya. Gilles Lellouche plays Samuel, a nurse working at a hospital when his pregnant wife (Anaya) is kidnapped before his very eyes. Knocked unconscious, he comes to and discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet (Zem) is responsible, and if he's ever to see his wife again, he must do Sartet's bidding. Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and … More

R (for strong violence and some language)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Guillaume Lemans , Fred Cavayé
In Theaters:
Dec 6, 2011
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Point Blank

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (7) | DVD (2)

A swirl of action and information punctuated by chase scene after glorious chase scene.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

You're going to have to track "Point Blank" down, but if you're looking for a real slice of what the thriller cinema perpetually promises and so rarely delivers -- pure force from up close -- it's one of the standout secrets of the year.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
MSN Movies
Top Critic

Put aside any hang-ups you may have about subtitles. As action flicks go, "Point Blank" is right on target.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The acting is impeccable from top to bottom, and the relentless pace keeps us from fretting about niggling defects.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

[A] finely calibrated French neonoir.

Full Review… | August 12, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

All right, this is how to make a thriller: Start with a situation of astonishing difficulty and emotional weight. Then multiply. And keep piling on.

Full Review… | August 11, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Point Blank is saddled with the same title as John Boorman's 1967 masterpiece, but the only thing the two films really have in common is coolness.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

A leaner and meaner 84 minutes you are not likely to catch on a screen this year.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

[Writers] Cavayé and Lemans...dump all manner of double-dealing and good cop-bad cop intrigue into what could have been a wonderfully streamlined, character-driven thriller about an innocent man forced to do the bidding of criminals to save his family.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Cinema Writer

It moves so fast and furiously that you will forget you are reading subtitles altogether. This is one fantastic mainstream action movie that is so manic it may leave you gasping for air.

Full Review… | January 1, 2012

A riveting, frequently electrifying thriller...

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

This French crime action film doesn't take long to get going and once it gets going it goes supersonic until pretty close to the end of the film.

Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Laramie Movie Scope

Action cinema distilled.

Full Review… | November 20, 2011
Goatdog's Movies


Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...a smashingly entertaining French action film that seems almost certain to be remade as a big budget Hollywood blockbuster

Full Review… | October 1, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It's over too quickly; you wish Cavayé could have found one more twist at the end to keep things going. Then again, there's nothing wrong with a film's running time being as lean and mean as its plot.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Movies for the Masses

May well be the most perfectly accomplished action thriller of the year.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Cavayé and co-writer Guillaume Lemans approach their potentially outlandish thriller with a good deal of logic and sense, and that's always a nice switch.

Full Review… | September 5, 2011

Art-house patrons who made the French thriller Tell No One a specialized hit three years ago won't want to miss Point Blank, another breathless import about an ordinary man whose wife is taken from him.

Full Review… | September 3, 2011
Creative Loafing

Point Blank passes enjoyably, relentlessly, and determinedly to the moment of its final gasp.

Full Review… | September 2, 2011
Austin Chronicle

How refreshing to encounter a film that keeps its own secrets.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Orlando Weekly

What's French for "nonstop action?" "Point Blank."

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Point Blank

Gangsters kidnap a medical assistant's pregnant wife to force him to spring their injured comrade from a hospital; complications arise and he's drawn into a web of conspiracy and murder. Fast-paced French thriller with a classic "cops think the good guy is the bad guy" hook.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


At a lean and mean 84 minutes, "Point Blank" moves quickly and efficiently, providing excitement at a serviceable pace. Despite the French subtitles, this isn't art house cinema. It's about thrills, not script. Director Fred Cavayé' clearly has one eye on Hollywood. The story unfolds very much like one of Liam Neeson's recent vehicles like Taken or Unknown. The director's debut, 2008?s Anything for Her, was even remade as The Next Three Days. Ironically that remake actually featured Liam Neeson in a supporting role.

There is little doubt in my mind that this picture will be remade as well, but don't wait for the substandard remake. See the original in all it's glory for the cast is quite good here. There's a surprising amount of character development for a genre movie of this sort. Actor Gilles Lellouche stars as the likable protagonist pushed to break the law to save his wife. Roschdy Zem, a French actor of Moroccan descent, is Hugo Sartet, the thief he is forced to secure. I kept seeing Vin Diesel in the part, but Sartet is no indestructible action hero, his part is more subtle than that. Their interaction is a big part of what makes the plot so compelling. Also rounding out the main roles is Spanish actress Elena Anaya as his wife/damsel in distress and Gérard Lanvin as crooked Paris police commander Patrick Werner.

Point Blank is an above average action thriller. It's not the first time you'll watch an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances, but it's always a solid basis for a script. Director Fred Cavayé started as a fashion and advertising photographer. His training imbues the operation with style and flair. It's probably only a matter of time before he's invited to the U.S. to start making pictures there. Based on his first and only two films, I'd say sooner is better than later.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


"A desperate man is a dangerous thing."

Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse who saves the wrong guy -- a thief (Roschdy Zem) whose henchmen take Samuel's pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) hostage to force him to spring their boss from the hospital. A race through the subways and streets of Paris ensues, and the body count rises. Can Samuel evade the cops and the criminal underground and deliver his beloved to safety?

Samuel, a nurse-in-training at a Parisian hospital is suddenly in the middle of a conspiracy, and he has no way out until he can get his wife back. Simple enough? Not quite, but here is a movie that is like "The Fugitive" on steroids, powered by dynamic direction, and a very charismatic couple of lead actors.

Samuel, find himself, avoiding bullets, thugs, cops, killers, cars, trains, security cameras, and that's just the background. He is also dealing with a very personal crisis, and there are a couple of sensational scenes that take place in the middle of a very busy train station, and if you have ever been in one of those European transportation hubs, you can almost feel his pain, as he is trying to avoid being captured and killed. The second scene involves a hectic police station, and some very creative plot twists.

Here is a film many should see in its original version (I'm already thinking it will probably go through a least creative American reworking), but it is perfectly enjoyable the way it is; actually it's quite a thrill to see that in addition to films like "Tell No One", French filmmakers are producing some very interesting films, with non-stop action. You will feel your heart beating almost out of your chest.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


Grade: C (74%)

Point Blank is one of those movies where it is a couple of years late. There have been many movies that have been made that follow this particular pattern. "Taken" is an example of this type of film. However, even though the film is predictable there is some fun to be found in this short thriller.

Samuel is just about to become a nurse at a local hospital and his wife Nadia is 7 1/2 months pregnant. While Samuel tries to do everything for her pregnant wife, he works the night shifts at the hospital making sure patients are okay and helps them with anything they need. But when an injured man comes into the hospital after being hit by a motorcycle, au unknown person tries to murder the same victim. With Samuel being a hero and saving this person's life, his personal life gets involved when he is knocked unconsious and sees his wife being taken away. He wakes up to a cell phone call and tells him to bring the same man from the hospital to him.

So yes, it has a little bit of "Taken" in his pages that makes it a similar thriller. Your loved one is kidnapped, time to find her. The film does keep you interested, mostly. For the first twenty minutes or so, it moves very slow which to some people can be a problem. This movie is only 84 minutes and you lose most of your time with a slow building of plot in the beginning.

But where the movie suceeds can be a hit or miss for viewers. Most of the action sequences gave a "been there, done that" thought process. While some like seeing acton sequences again with an R-rated feel, many will grow bored of the action sequences.

Point Blank is a descent thriller that is four or five years behind the rest of the film world. It is a shame that this film isn't as good as it should be, but if you throw everything else out the window for a little less than 90 minutes, some fun can be found in this foreign language film.

Kevin K.

Super Reviewer

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