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Point Blank [Blu-ray] (2011)

Gilles Lellouche , Roschdy Zem , Fred Cavaye  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gerard Lanvin
  • Directors: Fred Cavaye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NGKL1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Samuel is a nurse working at a hospital when his pregnant wife is kidnapped before his very eyes. Knocked unconscious, he comes to and discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet 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 trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it should be done December 3, 2011
Point Blank is an example of how a movie is this genre should be written. Using a premise that has been used many times, that of an everyday individual thrown into a situation well out of the norm of his everyday life, having to respond to save something important to him. Crisply written, intelligent and exciting. The wholesale suspension of belief explained as artistic license required for most films in this genre is for the most part unnecessary in this movie. And that just adds to the ability to relate to and sympathize with the protagonist. Bravo!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart action thriller December 25, 2011
Smart action thrillers are rare. Rarer still is a smart action thriller that features a complex yet comprehensible (and credible) plot, characters you care about, and vivid, crisp directing. "Point Blank" is one of these rarities. It utilizes many elements of classic action films--an innocent "good guy" who unwittingly becomes caught up in a dangerous plot, a woman in jeopardy, corrupt cops, and unexpected twists. The film avoids cliché, however, and it moves along at lightning speed (total running time is about 80 minutes). The French setting is an added bonus. Subtract a star if subtitles annoy you.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut, engaging French crime thriller December 7, 2011
"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)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whew! March 29, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie grabs hold of you from the first scene to the last not on the edge of your seat but on the razor thin part of that seat with the slightest breeze could put you on the floor. This isn't a roller coaster ride, this is a near miss train wreck from one near miss to another. Oh yeah one more thing; don't forget to breathe. You'll be holding it through the whole 85 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to Your Hat! April 1, 2013
I love a really good crime-thriller and this is about as good of one as I've ever seen.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice flow. December 14, 2011
You can tell that the writer and director spent a fair amount of time on details which to me is an accurate indicator of quality. The storyline of an inadvertent citizen being drawn into a bit of criminal and police conspiracy intrigue has been done before but this film had enough twists to that story that it was still engaging. It had a nice flow to the action - not excessive and overly stereotypic in the chase scenes. Acting was passably OK but kudos to the cinematography to keep the whole experience feel really close to the viewer. A few parts seemed a bit too unlikely but not excessively so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars In your Face!!!
Haute action, high digital production cinema straight out of France. This fast pace movie keep you on the edge of your sofa, and pulse flowing through out the entire film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jhadee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good action entertainment
A decently done action movie. Recommended for those who prefer high speed chases on and around public transportation. Read more
Published 11 months ago by N. Hester
4.0 out of 5 stars Routine but exciting and well-made action movie
This has nothing to do with the classic Lee Marvin movie of the same name: there is nothing enigmatic or deep about it at all. Read more
Published 14 months ago by still searching
5.0 out of 5 stars point blank
I saw this movie when it was released in theaters and have not gotten it out of my mind as one of the best action packed thrillers that I have ever seen.
Published 14 months ago by Victoria Cencak
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film-bad disc
Love the film, saw it in theaters. This blu-ray disc will not play at all on my Panasonic DMP BD80 player! I exchanged it for another copy & still will not play at all. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Iconoclast
2.0 out of 5 stars Point Blank Was Just Too Manic and Confusing For Me
This is my second Fred Cavaye film. I like watching a French movie with English subtitles, but this film had little character development, just hundreds of people who look the same... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Zarathustra
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging and fun
not a new story, but skillfully told. I haven't enjoyed a movie this much in a while, especially from a streaming service where the pickings are usually slim!
Published 20 months ago by Leelo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good French Thriller

It is a fairly fast paced thriller. Instead of the standard car chases, the director substituted foot races through Paris buildings and the Metro. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Willy D. Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Male Nurse Fights Crooked Cops and Bad Guys
This French film (with English subtitles) was relatively action packed albeit with only one vehicular crash and several chase scenes. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tom B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller
Engrossing thriller that never let's up after the action starts. Good twists, far more fun than "Taken" as the script is superior, and the plot less predictable. Read more
Published on October 2, 2012 by MBoy
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