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"Point Blank" ("A Bout Portant")
(Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2011)
This French action-thriller comes solidly out of the average-guy-caught-in-the-middle-of-a-violent-world-of-crime genre that American stars like Harrison Ford and Bruce Willis have headlined for years. The plot isn't particularly original: a schnookish assistant nurse runs afoul of a criminal organization when he saves the life of a patient they had earlier tried to kill. His pregnant wife gets kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that he do what they tell him to... Well, you know the drill. What's different here is the realistic tone of the violence, often crude and brutish, but stylish and cool when it makes sense, and always with a palpable believability that is often lacking in American shoot-em-ups. The casting is also great, lots of interesting, unusual faces and several strong performances, especially Gilles Lellouche as the hero, Roschdy Zem as his unwilling criminal ally, and Spanish actress Elena Anaya as a tough, tomboyish cop, adding another triumph to her long string of stunning performances in European film (see also: "Mesrine," "The Skin I Live In" and "Talk To Her") Not a terribly original script, but a very good, well-directed action film. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
Here's the scoop. Sam works at a hospital. He's inches away from becoming a certified nurse. His wife, whom he loves dearly, is pregnant but must take it easy to avoid complications. One night he's helping on a case where a man has been hit by a motorcycle. Next thing you know his wife is kidnapped and he has only hours to deliver the accident victim or she's history. Now he's teamed up with the accident victim, who might be a murderer, and way over his head in a complicated situation that might involve dirty cops. What to do?
This has a similar look and feel to the "Bourne" films. It runs at breakneck speeds with little time out. The music score is also reminiscent of "Bourne." The plot turns quickly, but the turns don't seem forced. They all seem natural to the situation. It builds up a fever pitch and, like a Hitchcock film, you wonder how our hero will ever make it out of the mess. Yup. There are some filthy cops, but one female detective, who smells something fishy, is on hand to help even things out. And when you think they can't turn the knot any tighter, they somehow manage to. This one comes down to the wire. There were some elements, and at least one stunt, that were lifted from other movies which is a shame being that everything else seems so fresh. Had those not reared their heads I might have given this the big five stars.
Be that as it may, this is a heck of a romp. It has it all and then some. If you're into this type of flick, this will serve up a seven course meal for you.
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Hard to find movie, glad Amazon carried it. I found it interesting and fast paced after the first couple of scenes set things up. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by RJ from PH
Great action and cool plot twists in this little-known French film (at least here in the U.S.). Nice performances, well-written script, and fine direction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NYC Movie Guy
A crime thriller that doesn't stop from beginning to end. Lots of back stories and character development.Published 9 months ago by Allen E
This is a great suspense, action Drama that I will watch again from time to time. It is good enough that I bought it twice because somehow I lost my first copy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stanley G. Jasperson
It's a great fast paced action movie that everyone will really enjoy!Published 13 months ago by Samantha Edwards
Great fun, very smart. It was even emotionally moving. Rare qualities for a thriller. But the French make great movies!Published 14 months ago by Summers Henderson