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½ November 28, 2016
Take away its subtitles and 2010's "Point Blank" is as American an action film as any - think a little "Mission: Impossible" (1996) intermixed with "Saboteur" (1942) era Hitchcock. A wronged man thriller tighter than Teyana Taylor's tummy, the film stars Giles Lellouche as Samuel Pierret, a nurse's aid who finds himself mixed up in a race against time after he saves the life of a gangster (Roschdy Zem) following an assassination attempt. His pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) held hostage by murderous goons until he safety escorts the man in question to his conglomerate of thugs, Samuel's forced to become his own version of a thrill-seeking Tom Cruise.
"Point Blank's" more than just a straightforward game of cat and mouse - also central is a subplot that involves corruption at the hands of law enforcement agents - but at a brisk eighty-four minutes is it uncomplicatedly a pulse pounder worth remembering, with no cinematic fat to deter its constant gut punches and no languid operatic pauses to dampen its lightning pace. It's all action fused with just enough dramatic nuance to render it as exciting and emotional - every bullet counts, and every twist is soaked in a covering of stakes we'd rather end in relief than tragedy.
While its sequences of action are death-defying to the "Bourne" caliber, brilliantly shot and dependably harrowing to their very core, it's the performances by Lellouche and Zem we remember. Respectively frazzled and suavely 007-esque, the juxtaposition between Samuel's everyman ineptness and Hugo's cool malice makes the duo a compelling odd couple both desperate to make it to the other side for wildly different reasons that surprisingly resemble one another in their life or death urgency. Both have the in-the-moment physicality necessary for the genre in question; their characterizational believability is but a supplemental component that makes them anti-heroes whose lack of invincibility makes them all the more enthralling to behold.
It shares the same name as the haunting John Boorman directed psychological thriller starring Lee Marvin, bearing no similarity in content. But arguably comparative is both films' fascinating following of men severely fucked over, with Marvin taking matters into his own hands in an effort to make right, and with Lellouche metamorphosing into someone he isn't as a way to ensure the safety of both himself and the woman he loves. In both "Point Blanks" do we see protagonists pushed to their breaking points. How they deal with their personal setbacks is thoroughly hypnotizing. Consider the 2010 film to be the more optimistic of the two.
October 7, 2016
Fans of fast-paced thrillers will definitely enjoy "Point Blank." Fans of cohesive storytelling? Not so much.
½ September 18, 2016
Exciting,exhilarating, fast, fantastic action where the characters stack on the surprises for us and each other- thoroughly entertaining.
½ July 11, 2016
Solid cast, solid story, solid cinematography= solid film
½ June 19, 2016
Very great action and suspense.
½ February 3, 2016
It is a protracted chase scene, which quickly becomes fairly tiresome.
½ January 31, 2016
Fairly silly, but entertaining enough.
December 1, 2015
Whoa - crazy intense action/crime thriller.
August 28, 2015
An excellent action film
½ June 7, 2015
One of the best action thrillers of its genre. It moves so fast, yet carries much in it's lean 84 minutes, you'll want to watch it again. Love it. Never one dull moment or an unnecessary scene, you'll want to watch it again - it;s that exciting and fast. Think of it as a better Taken, much much better.
January 12, 2015
Fast paced French action thriller about a male nurse forced on the run when his pregnant fiancee is kidnapped. Short running time means all the unnecessary fat has been trimmed from this quite realistic chase movie which is a nice change. A good way to spent 80 minutes.
November 11, 2014
Fast and exciting thriller. Jump scares but nothing gratuitous. A good one!
September 29, 2014
this is a "bourne like" chase crime film that gives you the adrenaline rush while watching. With a very interesting plot about police corruption, the intensity remains still that gives this movie a top notch class on its own.
½ June 27, 2014
An interesting French re-take on a much familiar/clichéd plot. Gripping for most part, except for a couple of 'makes-no-sense' coincidences and the stretched ending. However, the impeccable acting/tight editing/'no-cgi' action easily make up for that.
June 8, 2014
Very good action film! Gilles Lellouche is outstanding! A very different role then he had in "Tell No One". He's just an everyday guy caught in the wrong place @ the wrong time just trying to save his family. The plot & dialogue are superior & the reason it's believable!
½ March 13, 2014
No-bullshit action thriller that delivers the adrenaline from start to finish, which is just over 80 minutes. Anyone having a nonsense prejudice against European/French cinema as unapproachable or pretentious has got to watch this film. And anyone looking for a fine piece of action cinema, or an alternative to a couple strong cups of coffee, will find it here as well.
February 18, 2014
Director Fred Cavaye's Point Blank, Is A Fast, Ferocious, Tense And Gripping Thriller, Which Does Not Fail The Genre.
It's The Classic Man On The Run Story, That We May Be Sick To Death Seeing, But This Is One That Executes The Plot Excellently.

Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche), Is A Trainee Nurse, Who Just So Happens To Save The Life Of Safe Cracker, Hugo Sartet (Roschdy Zem),
When An Attempt On Sartet Life Is Made In Hospital. The Next Day His Pregnant Wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya) Is Kidnapped By A Band Of Mysterious Masked Men.
Samuel Receives A Phone Call To Get Sartet Out Of The Hospital, Before Another Attempt On His Life Occurs, And He Has 3 Hours To Get Sartet To Safety.
Hunting Samuel & Sartet Down Is Commandant Patrick Werner (Gerard Lanvin), Who Is On The Case Of The Murder Of A Wealthy Business Owner, Who Sartet Supposedly Killed.

The Film Fits Into The Thriller Genre Excellently, With It's Great Fast-Paced Gripping Introduction, Which Features Great Cinematography, Great Music And It's Great Atmosphere.
The Pace Tends To Slow Down Until The Kidnap, Which Is Done Without A Soundtrack, & Very Shaky Hand Camera Shots To Provide Realism. The Fast Pace Remains Throughout The Movie.
This Film Above Many Others & So Like Some Others Lacks In Instrumental Score Slightly Adding More Realism Throughout. With This As Well As The Great Performances From It's Main Cast,
And Direction From Fred Cavaye, This Is One Thriller, That Real Movie Fans Will Enjoy, As It Sets The Right Atmosphere To Make A Realistic & Tense Film.
February 11, 2014
Pure Unadulterated Heart Pounding Adrenaline Rush! Non Stop Action that'll grab you by the balls and have you begging for mercy!
½ January 26, 2014
A very solid thriller.
½ December 27, 2013
great chase scenes and plot, with wonderful acting too
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