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Point Blank: Old school action

By inSing.com EditorMovies - 14 March 2012 2:53 PM | Updated 5:51 PM

Point Blank: Old school action

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

The Stars: Gilles Lellouche, Elena Anaya

The Buzz: Another action-packed French action film.

The Story: Male nurse Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche) saves a criminal (Roschdy Zem) from the hospital he works at, after the criminal’s henchmen takes Samuel's pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) hostage. Little does Samuel know that is just the beginning of his problems.

insing.com thinks: One might think the French are only good at two kinds of movies; high art films like recent Oscar winner “The Artist”, or action packed stuff that take a leaf from Luc Besson such as “Leon”. “Point Blank” firmly belongs in the latter.

It’s a fast-paced action film that barely crosses 80 minutes, with wallpaper-thin characterisation and too convenient setups. The plot does have its fair share of twists and turns, as Samuel gets entangled in more than he’s bargained for, but you’ll have to look past the plotholes and contrivances.

Nonetheless, there are some decent action set pieces, including the inevitable “lets sneak around” segment. This time the protagonists have to sneak into a police station in order to find Samuel’s wife and a tape with valuable information.

Yes, you should swallow a tablespoon of salt and just enjoy “Point Blank” for what it is: A solidly made action film where a normal guy off the street takes on professional armed goons. Enjoyable, but wafer thin.