Point Blank
(A Bout Portant)

Point Blank (A Bout Portant)
Made in: France
Language: French
Director: Fred Cavayé
Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Elena Anaya, Gérard Lanvin, Mireille Perrier, Claire Pérot
Year: 2010

Synopsis: Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse's aid working late hours at a hospital in Paris. He finds himself thrust into a frightening situation when he saves the life of an unconscious patient...who turns out to be a wanted thief named Hugo Sartet (Roschdy Zem).

Soon after that, Sartet's brother Luc (Adel Bencherif) breaks into Samuel's apartment, and kidnaps his very pregnant wife Nadia (Elena Anaya). Luc threatens to kill her unless Samuel agrees to sneak Sartet out of the hospital.

But the plot thickens when the police and gangsters start getting involved. Relentlessly pursued on the streets of Paris by just about everyone, a desperate Samuel learns that Sartet might not be his biggest problem after all.

The Good: Point Blank is a fast-paced, thrilling adventure with plenty of intensity and great action. It's a well-focused chase movie that manages to give its characters just the right amount of development. Gilles Lellouche is excellent as the story's protagonist, and does a convincing job playing a regular guy who rises to the occasion.

The supporting cast is solid as well, with every role clearly defined and not a shred of unnecessary exposition.

The Bad: The plot twists might be tricky to follow on the first viewing because of the film's fast pace. This may be especially true if you don't speak French and have to rely on subtitles.

Who would like this film: Point Blank is for you if you're into action movies. The story works its way through logically, and the plot is nothing that seasoned action fans haven't seen before. But it's stylish and has a script that's very well executed.

The movie pulls no punches so be prepared for a film that's a little more brutal than the average action flick.

And don't watch this if you're pregnant.

(3 out of 4 stars)

Review written by Joe Yang

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