Synopsis: Produced by Cyril Colbeau-Justin and Jean-Baptiste Dupont, POINT BLANK also stars Roschdy Zem, Gerard Lanvin and Elena Anaya. Gilles Lellouche plays Samuel, a nurse working at a hospital when his pregnant wife (Anaya) is kidnapped before his very eyes. Knocked unconscious, he comes to and discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet (Zem) is responsible, and if he’s ever to see his wife again, he must do Sartetâs bidding. Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child.
Release Date: July 29, 2011 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Action, Thriller
They don’t make movies like this anymore. Point Blank harks back to the 70s action crime thrillers that were more about the thrill and suspense of solving the mystery than blowing up cars and jumping from helicopters to get the viewer excited.
In Point Blank Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is studying to become a Nurse when he has the unfortunate timing of being on staff in the hospital when an attempted murder occurs on one of his patients. He saves the man’s life, only to have his house invaded and his pregnant wife kidnapped with the one demand that he must get the patient, gangster and wanted criminal Hugo Startet (Roschody Zem), out of the hospital, amidst police guard, or his wife will be killed. This ordinary man has just been thrown into an extraordinary situation and one he cannot fully realize as to just how complicated it will become over the course of the next few hours. This simple break-out of a gangster leads to much more than Samuel could have imagined and the stakes that come along with his mission grow higher by the minute.
Point Blank is as fast paced and taut as a crime thriller can be. It has all of the makings of a great film of the genre, with twists and turns aplenty and the the blurring of whom exactly are the bad guys and who are the good played perfectly. As well as placing an ordinary man into the shoes of having to become something he is not, a person on the opposite side of the law trying to find his way back. The tension builds exponentially as time passes and the pacing of the action never slows. Samuel is a man willing to do anything to save his wife and unborn child, while Hugo is a man bent on solving the greater mystery of why he was targeted for death after a job he was hired to do went as planned. Point Blank takes you on a surging rush of a ride, with an ending that satisfies beyond a doubt.
Director Fred Cavaye knows how to direct an action sequence, and write one as well as he is also the co-screenwriter of Point Blank with Guillaume Lemans. Using areas of the city that are familiar he creates action sequence after sequence that are constructed with unstoppable rhythm. Whether chasing Samuel through a subway tunnel, on the city streets, or the unforgettable finale in the police station, it is a constant charge of adrenaline that Point Blank provides.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Fred Cavaye
- Producer(s): Fred CavayeGuillaume Lemans
- Screenwriter(s): Gilles Lellouche (Samuel Pierret)Roschody Zem (Hugo Sartet)Gerard Lanvin (Commandant Patrick Werner)
- Story: Elena Anaya (Nadia Pierret)
- Cast: Mireille Perrier (Commandant Fabre)Claire Perot (Capitaine Anais Susini) Benjamin WeillAlain DuplantierPhilippe Chiffre
- Cinematographer: Klaus Badelt
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- Country Of Origin: France