Point Blank Reviews
"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.
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.