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Point Blank (15)

Action, Crime, Thriller

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? Read more …

The critical consensus

The game of chat and mouse that ensues manages to be gallopingly preposterous and an absolute blast, frequently at the same time.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 31/05/2011

Point Blank maintains a pulse-racing forward momentum with chases, narrow escapes, twists and betrayals.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 23/05/2011

Another sparkling thriller from the Anything For Her director. See it, then wait for the inevitable US remake.

****(*)Philip Wilding, Empire Online, 06/06/2011

The whole picture is pretending to be a lot grittier than it really is, but the experience is breathless enough that we barely care.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 09/06/2011

Compulsively exciting French thriller.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 09/06/2011

It is entirely ridiculous, but it certainly rattles along at a fair pace.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/06/2011

Let's hear a fanfare for the common man.

****(*)James O'Brien, Daily Mail, 09/06/2011

The stakes are high but there is nothing mechanical about the film’s air of ruthless efficiency because we actually care about the characters. Gilles Lellouche creates a hero whose physical exhaustion and emotional anguish are all too believable.

****(*)Caroline Jowett, Daily Express, 10/06/2011

The film packs in so much one is surprised to learn that it runs for less than 90 minutes. Even during the somewhat incredible denouement at a chaotic police station, Alain Duplantier's camerawork is so frenetic you don't have time to stop and question it.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 10/06/2011

A good idea but what follows is a long parade of repetitive growling, gunfights and near arrests.

**(*)(*)(*)Daily Record, 10/06/2011

Lellouche and Zem, while actors of some note in France, don't come with the kind of movie star baggage that frequently sabotages blockbusters. Instead they ground Point Blank and make it easier to buy into the ridiculous plot, which in this kind of film is essential.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/06/2011

There are no pauses for banter between the nurse and the deadpan crook – the humour is as quick and economical as everything else – but despite the breakneck speed and whiplashing plot twists, it's always clear what's happening, and it's all relatively logical.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 12/06/2011

The film is plausibly plotted and forcefully played, character is delineated through action, and there is no time for glib moralising.

Philip French, The Observer, 12/06/2011

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