Quickie: Point Blank (2010)

Point BlankSamuel (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse who saves the life of Hugo (Roschdy Zem), a patient who’s also a wanted man – wanted by police and his partners in crime. Said partners kidnap Samuel’s wife (Elena Anaya) and will only give her back once he has smuggled the patient out of the hospital. Samuel then becomes one of the most wanted men in France and must team up with those on the wrong side of the law to save his wife.

Feeling a little like a cross between Taken and District 13, Point Blank is pretty relentless. From the outset there are fight scenes, chases and gun fights, and it rarely gives you chance to breathe, although given it’s fairly short runtime, that’s not an issue. It’s a relatively simple storyline and one that relies on its characters to add depth to it, which they generally do pretty well. However, out of nowhere it throws a series of plot revelations and new characters at you which, given the fairly simplistic narrative up to that point, can feel a little disorientating. performances are generally good, although the script and film’s length limits how much we know abut some of the characters. Hugo, for instance, is an intriguing character who could have benefited from a little more depth.

Point Blank is nothing we haven’t seen before, but it carries itself with style and is absorbing throughout. Its ending becomes slightly formulaic and, in parts, unnecessary, but there’s more than enough hear to entertain and keep your attention.

3 and a half pigeons

3.5/5 pigeons

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11 thoughts on “Quickie: Point Blank (2010)

  1. Nice review. This seems interesting.

  2. ruth says:

    Is this a British movie? I’ve never heard of it before. Is District 13 any good? Might check that one instead if it’s better.

    • Hey Ruth, It’s a French movie, as is District 13. This is a more believable and realistic film than District 13 – D13 has a ridiculous plot and lots of parkour in it but it’s a lot of fun. I’d say there’s fun to be had with both to be honest.

  3. ckckred says:

    I’ve been recommended this by a friend a while ago. Looks like a good movie on a rainy day. Nice review.

  4. Nostra says:

    I loved this film, never a dull moment. Like you say it is nothing we haven’t seen before, but it is a lot of fun to watch.

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