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Point Blank

Point Blank
Giles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Elena Anaya, Mireile Perrier and Gerard Lanvin

Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: August 12, 2011 Released by: Magnolia Pictures

Probably one of the more tightly drawn thrillers in a while is this French import which is bound to be remade (by Hollywood) perhaps sooner rather than later if The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is any indication.
A pulsating, generically titled Point Blank (A Bout Portant) (in French with English subtitles) (not a remake of the Lee Marvin/Angie Dickinson starer) stars Gilles Lellouche and Roschdy Zem has a lot up its sleeve in a relatively brief run-time. This nearly non-stop captivating cinema begins down stairs and across rooftops with a gangster, Sartet (Zem), being hospitalized and guarded by the authorities.
In a film that says something about the human spirit, Lellouche's Samuel is thrust (like the onlooker) into a desperate situation where the stakes get higher and higher.
Samuel happens to caring for Sartet as he trains to become a male nurse when criminals invade his home and nab his wife Nadia (Elena Anaya) well into her third trimester. The harried expectant father is informed that she will be offed unless the hospitalized thug is brought to them before being taken into custody.
Without uncovering too much of the slick, prickly plotting, Samuel and Sartet need each other once the latter recovers from his injuries. Especially since the former is on the path of a killer in order to save his family. With little downtime, the entertainment is right there to be had, another foreign picture becomes involving and stimulating at the same time.
Adequate support are offered by the likes of Mireille Perrier and Gerard Lanvin as a suspicious if trustworthy detective and a corrupt cop, respectively. But, this is mostly Lellouche and Zem having the most to do to command interest as the action intensifies. In this kind of edge-of-your-seat movie it's easy to lose sight of how well the storyline and uninhibited helming by Fred Cavaye coagulate into a quality tale of wanton, wicked derring-do with enough fearlessness to go around. This surprisingly lean and unrelenting "Point" is loaded with ferocity and no blanks to mention. Maybe the best of its kind and even more exciting than the equally twisty, yet touching Tell No One.

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