Everything is fine for Samuel and Nadia: he will soon be a male nurse and she’s expecting their first child. But everything changes when Nadia is kidnapped in front of him. Later he gets a phone call: he has only 3 hours to get a patient under police surveillance out.
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Impressive film in terms of action and thrills. Really shows that the rest of the world is catching up to Hollywood in the production values in the action/thriller genre. Point Blank is a film that shows the gritty underworld of Paris that is rarely portrayed in films, but it is in kind of in the same lineage of how Taken portrayed Paris, only with a more futuristic and sterile feel.
Decent entry in the ever proliferating genre of the mechanical action-thriller with the expected frenetic mix of chases, gruesome injury detail and retribution. It has brevity on its side, although the swift pace cannot disguise creaking plot mechanics, notably the swamping of the police station with suspects from a massive and sudden crime spree to allow characters to be shunted into place like whippets in a gate.
It's popcorn, but it's French popcorn so retains a soupconne of sophistication. It's also tremendous fun: thrilling adrenaline-fuelled pace that doesn't let go, a plot that stretches credulity but keeps things just about in check, sympathetic and likeable innocents, and a great turn from Roschdy Zem whose magnetic intensity builds over the course of the film and eventually dominates it.
Was surprisingly good. And shot on actual filmy film with nice grain. The characters are half believable, the story inches towards impossible but stays enjoyable, and the whole fits together. Not going to make it to the 50 best films ever for anyone, I think, but completely worth the watch. Americans, please notice how few gunshots there are and try to do the same.
(Generous) 7 - Pretty forgettable overall, but it's still a crash course in the seemingly lost art of making a simple, enjoyable action flick; come up with a simple, enjoyable concept, pen a succinct script, throw in some ambiguity for flavour and make sure you capture the thing with some clarity. It's not rocket science. Bonus points for having Average Joe Escargot as a main character and audience proxy.
A solid action thriller from France, this gives you a decent lead to root for, thrills that are well spaced throughout, and the requisite number of twists and turns. Not unique or spectacular, but very enjoyable.