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Point Blank(À bout portant)

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France · 2010
Rated R · 1h 24m
Director Fred Cavayé
Starring Gérard Lanvin, Roschdy Zem, Elena Anaya, Gilles Lellouche
Genre Action, Thriller, Crime

Samuel Pierret is a nurse who saves the wrong man – a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's pregnant wife hostage to force him to spring their boss from the hospital. A race through the subways and streets of Paris ensues, and the body count rises. Can Samuel evade the cops and the criminal underground in time to deliver his beloved to safety?

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Empire by

Another sparkling thriller from the "Anything For Her" director. See it, then wait for the inevitable US remake.


Time Out by Eric Hynes

Point Blank fires nothing but blanks in the end, dealing in increasingly ludicrous plot twists and one fizzle of a finale.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

An impressive feat that relies on distraction rather than fancy effects, it's easy to get swept up and forget that it's a very sweaty retread that's been done many times before.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

No good deed goes unpunished in former fashion photographer Fred Cavayé's cunningly contrived, energetically directed, thoroughly economical second feature.


Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

If you lop off the closing credits of Fred Cavayé's preposterously exciting - and pleasingly preposterous - French-language thriller, the running time is a mere 80 minutes. Not since "Run Lola Run" has the term been used more aptly.


Variety by Jordan Mintzer

Unlike John Boorman's trippy 1967 L.A. noir of the same title, frenetic Gallic suspenser Point Blank provides few existential thrills but plenty of heart-racing action as it follows one man's marathon dash to save his kidnapped wife from execution.


Slant Magazine by Nick Schager

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.


The A.V. Club by Sam Adams

The actors' charisma is a draw, but mostly, the movie relies on Pavlovian reaction to the genre: The audience has its designated place as surely as any element in Cavayé's relentless machine.

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