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      Point Blank

      R Released Jul 29, 2011 1h 24m Mystery & Thriller Action Crime Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 79 Reviews 77% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A man (Gilles Lellouche) finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his kidnapped wife and unborn child. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Anthony Quinn Independent (UK) Even during the somewhat incredible denouement at a chaotic police station, Alain Duplantier's camerawork is so frenetic you don't have time to stop and question it. Jan 27, 2023 Full Review Laura Kern Film Comment Magazine Point Blank is saddled with the same title as John Boorman's 1967 masterpiece, but the only thing the two films really have in common is coolness. Jun 28, 2013 Full Review Roger Moore Tribune News Service A leaner and meaner 84 minutes you are not likely to catch on a screen this year. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 10, 2013 Full Review Kelly Jane Torrance Washington Examiner The American action flick is a genre that will never die. But it's hard to make one that seems fresh, as filmmakers seem to stick to a winning formula. Point Blank is an invigorating exception. Rated: 4/5 Jan 8, 2019 Full Review Martin Tsai Critic's Notebook "Point Blank" is loads of fun, if not exceptionally clever or original. Oct 7, 2015 Full Review Jay Antani Cinema Writer [Writers] Cavay and Lemans...dump all manner of double-dealing and good cop-bad cop intrigue into what could have been a wonderfully streamlined, character-driven thriller about an innocent man forced to do the bidding of criminals to save his family. Rated: 2/4 Jan 19, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Liam D An slam bang thriller that never stops with its intense action and great plot Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/10/24 Full Review isla s This is a decent fast paced action thriller film, in French. I liked that it was set primarily in a hospital and it kept me pretty engrossed throughout, although the plot isn't perfect but as a basic thriller film its not bad. I certainly found myself feeling sorry for the nurses wife (who is pregnant), although the cliche of it being a woman at risk and held to ransom, who has to be saved by the macho man sort of thing is relatively cliche ridden and cheesy I suppose but its a pretty easy and entertaining watch and so for what it is, its good. Not great but good enough. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review jay s The director Fred Cavayé did an excellent job, the script had some flows in it, but overall, it is very good craftsmanship. Gilles Lellouche aka Samuel and Roschdy Zem aka Hugo Sartet stuck me to my armchair. Among cop movies, it really excels. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review nilufer e It was okay, the plot was complex enough, the acting was fine but it certainly is over-rated. It was exciting to a degree but it didn't give me anything out of the ordinary. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Serge L Great action with a solid story, brilliantly made by people that have the sense of timing. Nice plot twists that reminds of crazy chess games where it can go in any direction, while sticking to the rules of believability. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/10/18 Full Review Audience Member Take away its subtitles and 2010's "Point Blank" is as American an action film as any - think a little "Mission: Impossible" (1996) intermixed with "Saboteur" (1942) era Hitchcock. A wronged man thriller tighter than Teyana Taylor's tummy, the film stars Giles Lellouche as Samuel Pierret, a nurse's aid who finds himself mixed up in a race against time after he saves the life of a gangster (Roschdy Zem) following an assassination attempt. His pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) held hostage by murderous goons until he safety escorts the man in question to his conglomerate of thugs, Samuel's forced to become his own version of a thrill-seeking Tom Cruise. "Point Blank's" more than just a straightforward game of cat and mouse - also central is a subplot that involves corruption at the hands of law enforcement agents - but at a brisk eighty-four minutes is it uncomplicatedly a pulse pounder worth remembering, with no cinematic fat to deter its constant gut punches and no languid operatic pauses to dampen its lightning pace. It's all action fused with just enough dramatic nuance to render it as exciting and emotional - every bullet counts, and every twist is soaked in a covering of stakes we'd rather end in relief than tragedy. While its sequences of action are death-defying to the "Bourne" caliber, brilliantly shot and dependably harrowing to their very core, it's the performances by Lellouche and Zem we remember. Respectively frazzled and suavely 007-esque, the juxtaposition between Samuel's everyman ineptness and Hugo's cool malice makes the duo a compelling odd couple both desperate to make it to the other side for wildly different reasons that surprisingly resemble one another in their life or death urgency. Both have the in-the-moment physicality necessary for the genre in question; their characterizational believability is but a supplemental component that makes them anti-heroes whose lack of invincibility makes them all the more enthralling to behold. It shares the same name as the haunting John Boorman directed psychological thriller starring Lee Marvin, bearing no similarity in content. But arguably comparative is both films' fascinating following of men severely fucked over, with Marvin taking matters into his own hands in an effort to make right, and with Lellouche metamorphosing into someone he isn't as a way to ensure the safety of both himself and the woman he loves. In both "Point Blanks" do we see protagonists pushed to their breaking points. How they deal with their personal setbacks is thoroughly hypnotizing. Consider the 2010 film to be the more optimistic of the two. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A man (Gilles Lellouche) finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his kidnapped wife and unborn child.
      Director
      Fred Cavayé
      Producer
      Cyril Colbeau-Justin, Jean-Baptiste Dupont
      Screenwriter
      Fred Cavayé, Guillaume Lemans, Fred Cavayé
      Distributor
      Magnolia Pictures
      Production Co
      LGM Productions, TPS Star, Gaumont, Nexus Factory, Canal+, TF1 Films Production, uFilm, K.R. Productions, Umedia
      Rating
      R (Strong Violence|Some Language)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Action, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 29, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 7, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $706.9K
      Runtime
      1h 24m
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