POINT BLANK (A BOUT PORTANT)
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Gerard Lanvin
What's it about
A male nurse saves the wrong guy. In return, his wife is kidnapped and its up to him to get her back.
Is it good movie?
For some reason I kept thinking I had seen this movie before. I knew I actually hadnít seen THIS movie as this Point Blank is a new French film. But the premise, involving a male nurse who brings the wrong guy back to life which results in the nurseís pregnant wife being kidnapped, feels very, very familiar. I could easily see Liam Neelson or Jason Statham or Mark Walberg starring in this. Or maybe they could reinvent the Meet the Fockerís franchise into an action thriller and make Ben Stiller the action star his arms demand they be. In other words, the premise of the angry man out for revenge isnít anything new. Itís all about the presentation. Much like Taken.
Point Blank (A Bout Portant) is a good movie because of its presentation. Not great but it looks good as itís well-acted and directed, and has some nice tense moments. Not on the level of Taken, but it has enough juice to keep it moving. What prevents it from being great is that the premise is a tired one. Be there, done that. Sure, thereís nice twists and turns that keep eyeballs focused in the direction of the screen, but I just kept comparing it to Taken because it did so well in giving us a new badass character. It was an excellent example of how to do the genre right. Not that Point Blank fails, but by the time the credits rolled, I couldnít remember anything that stood out, anything that made me want to say this is a great film. That is until I thought more about male nurse Samuel (Gilles Lellouche). Director Fred Cavaye effectively used a main character that wasnít an action star in waiting. Lellouche looks and behaves like a standard dude. None of his actions looked intentional or heroic. They look like the actions of a desperate man. That works and becomes the one aspect of the movie that stood out. The part the makes this movie good. And thatís why I also thought of Ben Stiller. This is a serious version of Meet the Parents (to a point, obviously). I could even imagine DeNiro slumming it up as the CIA guy who knows too much.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround. Both in French and dubbed English.
Behind the Scenes Its a documentary about the making of the movie. French people are strange to me.
Youíve seen it before, but itís still solid all the way around. Worth a viewing and a couple bourbons.