Review by John Delia
Thrilling, Intriguing and vicious Point Blank keeps the adrenaline pumping with excitement at every turn. A fine cast ably directed by Fred Cavaye puts the film in a league with The Departed. If you like a lot of action with a harrowing storyline then pick up a Blu-ray or DVD.
Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a male Nurse’s Aid saves the life of a motorcycle patient not knowing he’s a criminal. The next morning he awakes to a gunman who knocks him unconscious and kidnaps his pregnant wife Nadia (Elana Anaya). When he awakens he’s instructed to go to the hospital and help the criminal get out and brought to a prearranged location. When he discovers that he’s helping the dangerous criminal Sartet (Roschdy Zem) without the promise of ever seeing his wife alive again, things escalate into a ragging tale of kill or be killed.
Acting by Gilles Lellouche, Elana Anaya and Roschdy Zem can only be described with words like realistic, stunning and gripping. The three take on the major roles and with the fine direction of Fred Cavaye put on a great show. I especially like Lellouche’s energy as Samuel who finds himself in some crazy dangerous situations while trying to free his pregnant wife. Never wavering, his character pushes forward not knowing what his next test may be.
The electrifying Point Blank moves along very fast with action at every turn, however the movie was filmed in the French language so it is has English subtitles. I don’t know how I can like it any more than at the movie theater, but I do because I can slow down the action so I can read the more involved subtitles during some of the significant scenes. You’ll want to see it again and again.
The cinematography by Alain Duplantier is outstanding on Blu-ray with shots that set the tone for the incredible chases, brutal attacks and punishing reprisals. If you saw Killer Elite this year than you saw some of Duplantier’s fine photography. He knows how to get all the action up in your face for amazing thrills.
The hour-long bonus called simply “behind the scenes documentary” that’s included on the Blu-ray provides one of the best diaries on making an action movie. Filled with shot by shot scenes, wild stunts and pressure filming, the special extra proves to be the best I’ve seen in a long time. It’s well worth a look, but be sure to watch the film first otherwise you’ll be treated to a lot of spoilers.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A must on Blu-ray for the electrifying story. Movie (A), Bonus (A) Overall rating (A)
Summary of Product Details:
Actors: Gilles Lellouche, Elana Anaya Roschdy Zem and Gerard Lanvin
Directors: Fred Cavaye
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
Run Time: 1hr 28min