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  • Summary: Samuel is a happily married nurse working in a Paris hospital. When his very pregnant wife is kidnapped before his eyes, everything falls apart. After being knocked unconscious, he comes to and his cell phone rings: he has three hours to get Sartet, a man under police surveillance, out of the hospital. Shot on location in wide lens, Point Blank is an exhilarating non-stop ride through Paris’ streets, subways, hospitals, warehouses, and police stations, as Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child.(Magnolia Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 11, 2011
    This one is dazzling.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 4, 2011
    A breakneck French thriller, Point Blank is so ridiculously successful at keeping its momentum going - and keeping the audience tense with suspense - that it's likely to leave you with your heart pounding, gasping for breath.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Aug 11, 2011
    Finely calibrated French neonoir.
  4. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 1, 2011
    Point Blank is as disposable as a feature-length episode of TV's 24: The movie is all adrenaline and excitement, and it doesn't really stay with you. Just try to tear your eyes away while you're watching it, though.
  5. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jul 27, 2011
    A high-wire act that almost slips as it edges perilously closer and closer to the edge of improbability. But it never does.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 1, 2011
    Point Blank passes enjoyably, relentlessly, and determinedly to the moment of its final gasp.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 24, 2011
    Fred Cavayé shoots his action with both vigorous propulsion and visual lucidity. Unfortunately, however, his story's revelations, all of which are related to a recent corporate bigwig's assassination, arrive at least two-to-three scenes after they've already become obvious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 29, 2013
    Point Blank does not disappoint. I gave it a score of 10. Not because it was one of the best films I've ever seen, but because it entertained, it thrilled, and it surprised. Why bother dissecting a film that leaves you feeling that way? Expand
  2. Aug 4, 2011
    It's a fun and frantic movie in the vein of "Tell No One." The lead actor (from TNO) and actress (from "Sex & Lucia") are both excellent, but the criminal turned "buddy" in this set-up flick is the real find in the cast. It's very French in all the best ways. Expand
  3. Aug 6, 2011
    This is a interesting, fast paced and very enjoyable thriller that shouldn't be missed.. Clever plot, interesting characters, good acting, lots of suspense and great chase scenes. Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2011
    Point Blank wants to sprint from start to finish, and does start with a bang, takes off and maintains and moves at an exciting pace; but the plot, most of which happens prior to the start of the race and is so knotty, that we have to get narrated often in odd breaks in the action, while the actors catch their breath, literally. It's been a while since I have seen so much running in a movie. I see where some critic get the Run Lola Run comparism. But even after being narrated up-to-date, I still don't think I could tell you everyone's motivation for all the running and shooting. The two main runners for their lives -- one even hops up from critic care and starts running holding in his insides -- are both good solid actors when they get time to act. A simpler evil chaser would have made all the running much better. Expand
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    The movie is done well, within limits of it's genre. Plenty of fights, running, shooting, blood, etc.
    Keeps the audience tense till the very
    end. I was expecting something better than that: some class, some elegance which sometimes come from French action movies, 'La Femme Nikita', for example.. Maybe I want too much. But again, every cliché of action movie is here: the villains and the heroes; the hero appears at the very last moment (how?!); the hero (un-trained) survives serious beating from professionals; and, of course, happy ending. I am sure I will forget about this movie sooner than finishing typing this little piece... Expand