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Point Blank Reviews

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August 18, 2016
Why is this film lauded after by cinephiles?
It is basically a sixties thriller more akin to a seventies episode of Colombo if I am being honest.
The lead character is Walker (Lee Marvin) who trail blazes San Francisco hell bent on revenge for $63000 and his ex.
It seems that every shadowy figure in some criminal organisation that wears suits is bumped off and the debt passed on to someone else.
Okay the cinematography and print still look pristine some 50 years on. The thriller element is nothing special though.
Marvin plays the Walker character like a man on heat!
August 10, 2016
Crook seeks revenge on his ex partner in this flashy action pic with Lee Marvin.
August 4, 2016
Fans of Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive really need to check out this film. The first (and best) film interpretation of author Donald E. Westlake's Parker character, Point Blank transcends its tired concept by using film techniques that were previously indigenous to the French New Wave. With non-linear plotting, a chromatic design, and cerebral use of voice overs, Point Blank must have been just about the strangest crime film for its day and age, and still doesn't quite resemble anything else out there right now. The film has only aged like a fine wine, including the ending which can be seen as an existential anti-climax, and it remains a go-to film for those wishing to understand the neo-noir aesthetic.
April 16, 2016
WOW.....WOW....SUCH AN ENJOYABLE MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A FANTASTIC CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A FANTASTIC MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE....... ITS GOT SUCH A FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE........THIS IS SUCH A CULT CLASSICS MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A SUPERB CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVIE 2 WATCH.......
½ March 31, 2016
Lee Marvin's dominates a smooth thriller. Short and sharp with a couple of brilliantly realised location sequences this is a well made but especially seen in this time, a well trodden path of a story.
February 29, 2016
A classic for sure. Stylishly made crime drama with suoerb performances. the direction us spot on with some good editing, which leaves you wanting more
January 30, 2016
Marvin's Walker is one of the greatest examples in cinema of the famous adage that less is more. The less he tells you, the more elusive he becomesâ??and the more you want to know who he is and what's he's thinking.

Cinematographer Philip H. Lathrop (The Cincinnati Kid ) endeared himself to Boorman by saying, "Just tell me what you want, and I'll provide it." Although Point Blank is a color film, Boorman's visual concept was to make Walker's world as stark and barren as possible. He looked for angular, empty spaces, such as the L.A. drainage channels or the long airport corridor through which Walker enters the city, and he wanted monochromatic production design, with a single color dominating the frame wherever possible. Boorman also had Lathrop shoot most of the film with a newly developed Panavision lens that provided a wide angle but limited depth of field.
January 8, 2016
Yes, it's a unquestionable cult-classic, but really just a boring, arty revenge film. Angie Dickinson saves it, as she can.
½ November 10, 2015
Fractured revenge thriller, slightly dated now. Lee Marvin, ostensibly trying to track down money he's owed by the mob, finds himself in an endless hall of mirrors. Is he dying? Or already dead?
September 20, 2015
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August 22, 2015
Highly stylized and influential 60's suspense thriller.
July 29, 2015
This was my 2nd time watching this. It looks great on blu-ray, and I like Lee Marvin a lot, but found it really dated. This film was later remade as "Payback" with Mel Gibson. This is definitely at least worth a watch though.
May 30, 2015
No hay palabras para este gran clásico. Tantas pelis se basan en ella. Rompedora en su día y actualmente igual de buena.
May 4, 2015
A good cinematography style. Lee Marvin is excellent in this revenge film.
January 18, 2015
Increible film de acciòn , uno de los mejores , una mezcla de estilos , una direcciòn eficiente de Boorman y unas actuaciones memorables Lee Marvin estupendo.
½ December 30, 2014
"I bet you're a big Lee Marvin fan."
-Mr. Blonde

This is what all the hype is about. A Lee Marvin tour-de-force of minimalism masquerading as a revenge thriller. Its relentless pacing and aggressive editing turn Walker into the unstoppable force for 90+ pulse pounding minutes.

Mel Gibson's retake on the story is good too.
½ December 22, 2014
Stylish and for the time violent, but very dated. Only if you enjoy 60's action movies and/or your a Lee Marvin fan, then this is an entertaining view.
½ November 22, 2014
Of all the things that make a noir movie a noir movie, one of the most important but under-appreciated may be a non-linear narrative. In the best noir movies, like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Double Indemnity," we enter in the middle or at the end of stories whose beginnings are not entirely explained. Backstories, motivations, and even identities are initially ambiguous but become more clear as the stories progress. Point Blank is that kind of movie; yet, like other films in its genre, it is also disarmingly straightforward in many respects. Lee Marvin's protagonist, like a Sam Spade or a J.J. Gittes, gives the simplest answers to questions and takes a brute-force approach to problem-solving. He is the flawed, cold, sympathetic, almost moral center that noir films all seem to revolve around. The production quality of Point Blank is not the greatest-a reliance on exteriors of abandoned and pedestrian locales give it a guerrilla filmmaking feel-but the throwback, hardboiled script and the edgy late-60s atmosphere more than compensate.
½ November 17, 2014
Walker (Lee Marvin) is a laconic stone slab of a man; a good man to have on your side in a crisis, a bad man to cross. His old friend Mal Reese (John Vernon) has done just that: browbeat Walker (no known first name) into assisting Reese in a high-stakes heist, then double-crossing him, shooting him and leaving him for dead- and absconding with Reese's wayward wife Lynne (Sharon Acker) for good measure. Walker recovers, miraculously, and goes looking for Reese, wanting revenge and his share of the heist money, with assistance from the mysterious Yost a.k.a. Fairfax (Keenan Wynn), who seems to have his own scores to settle with Reese and his associates, and from Lynne's sister Chris (Angie Dickinson). Barreling through the L.A. nightscape (even the scenes in broad Southern Californian daylight are suffused with noir omber and ominousness) fueled by a lust for revenge and his own sense of rough justice, Walker finds himself taking on a dangerous criminal organization on his quest, and leaving violence and death in his wake. Brilliant direction by Brit John Boorman in his first American feature film, strong performances by Marvin, Dickinson, Wynn, and Canadian then-newcomers Acker and Vernon, and fine support from the likes of Lloyd Bochner (another Canadian), MIchael Strong, and a pre-Archie Bunker Carroll O'Connor, in addition to fine cinematography and disorienting soundtrack make this one a must-see.
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