Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A Bout Portant aka Point Blank
Not the classic John Boorman movie but a French action film from 2010 directed by Fred Cavaye. Point Blank doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel by any stretch of the imagination but provides enough incident and a few holy shit moments to satisfy most genre fans.
Samuel, A nurse's aide (Gilles Lellouche) inadvertently becomes embroiled in a situation out of his control when he saves the life of an injured criminal (Roschdy Zem) from two killers. As a result his heavily pregnant wife (the gorgeous Elena Anaya) is kidnapped and Samuel is given orders to get the injured man out of the hospital or she dies. Unsure of what else to do, Samuel follows the order, pushing himself and his wife into even greater danger.
After a brief introduction to Samuel and his wife, showing us exactly what he has to lose, Point Blank gets to the point and barrels along for the rest of it's running time. A breathless chase movie, one that's exciting but not particularly memorable. It's strongest asset being it's brevity, in these days of two hour plus action movies, Point Blank's running time of around eighty minutes feels like a breath of fresh air. As a result the characters are sketched rather than fleshed out and the movie relies on the universal theme of desperation to save a loved one or two in this case. It works but as a result don't expect to remember it for very long afterwards.
This is exactly the kind of film that would have been the B film in a double bill back in the day. Filled with solid performances and excitement, it's briskness which is it's best quality is also is it's biggest weakness, if you're in the mood though it could just hit right the spot for you.