Movie Review: Point Blank (2010)

Point Blank (2010)

3.5/4 out of 5 stars

Summary from IMDB:  Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse who saves the wrong guy — a thief (Roschdy Zem) whose henchmen take Samuel’s pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) 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 and deliver his beloved to safety?

I added this film to my Netflix streaming queue yesterday morning because after reviewing the DirecTV guide for Sunday the 15th, I could not find anything worth watching.  Initially, I did not fully grasp the fact that the movie was filmed in France and had English subtitles.  This did not put me off, though, as most action movies tend to have less dialog and I read very fast.  Being able to pause and rewind also helps get the entire experience (not just the read dialog, but the body language of the actors).

That being said, this film impressed me.  The story, the action, the stunts, even the acting, were every bit as good as movies made in Hollywood.  In fact, it outshone many of those.  This is by no means a ‘new’ twist on the ‘old’ crime thriller.  It had all the usual suspects: organized crime henchmen and bosses, dedicated detectives and their bad apples (corrupt cops), innocent bystanders who push the moral envelope to ransom their kidnapped loved ones.  Tons of tension and thrills abounded and I had no trouble staying riveted to the screen.