We’ve been meaning to see the French action film À Bout Portant (Point Blank) for several months.
In the hurly-burly of our hectic life, we missed the film when it was playing in select theaters in NYC and Philly last year.
So when the movie hit Netflix Instant Play we eagerly grabbed our Roku remote.
Directed by Fred Cavayé, Point Blank features Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin and Elena Anaya.
Cavaye and Guillaume Lemans wrote the screenplay.
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If you’re the kind that gets off on the nonstop pandemonium of American action movies like the Bourne or Mission Impossible series then you don’t want to miss Point Blank.
Straight up your alley, baby.
Point Blank is high octane stuff, right from the opening scene when you see two guys chasing an injured fella down a semi-dark stairwell.
You instinctively know that none of these people are on the right side of the law.
In a few seconds, Hugo Sartet (Roschdy Zem) the guy being chased is hit by a motorcycle before his pal can whisk him off.
Soon as he lands in the hospital with trauma to the head, efforts are made to rescue Sartet but foiled by an alert nurse’s aide Samuel (Gilles Lellouche).
So in desperation, the bad guys bludgeon Samuel and kidnap his pregnant wife Nadia (the lovely Spanish actress Elena Anaya). All this obviously in an effort to compel Samuel’s assistance in getting Sartet out of the hospital.
From then on until almost the very last frames of the film, it’s an unending, frenetic, high adrenalin rollercoaster of chases on the road, shootings and chases in the subway.
And one big twist.
The nurse’s aide, played very well by Gilles Lellouche, is desperate to save his wife.
The injured man Sartet is cold-bloodedly relentless and goes about shooting anyone in his way or if they fail to give him an answer to his questions.
Did we say that Roschdy Zem is no less impressive.
And the police are all over the place, in more ways than one.
Like most films of this action genre, Point Blank will linger in your mind for long.
It’s nonsense, pure and simple.
Albeit, one that’s well made, well enacted and well written to keep you in thrall.
Action movie buffs will have little to complain about even if some of the scenes like the easy entry into the police station in the second half completely strain credulity.
SearchIndia.com recommends Point Blank for all action film aficionados.
The film is on Instant Play and DVD at Netflix with English subtitles.