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.
The nuclear family may be under siege, but in Point Blank it remains a formidable redoubt against the encroaching chaos of the corruptible world, to be fucked with strictly at your own risk. A more convincingly in-love couple -- or a more perfectly functioning marriage -- than the one at the heart of this film is hard to imagine. More than that, though: wow. An actually thrilling thriller. Cue lesser American remake.
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.