Point Blank (10/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 90 minutes
Not for children.
If I werenít on a scale of
best out of 10, Iíd give this an 11. Brilliantly directed by Fred Cavayť,
this starts out with a bang and picks up speed from there. Because itís
not an American big studio film, it is pretty much devoid of special
effects. It substitutes a good script and story instead.
Samuel Pierret (Gilles
Lellouche) is a fledgling male nurse in a hospital who has a very
pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya). Nadia is kidnapped. Samuel receives
a call telling him that she will be killed unless he springs a wounded
prisoner, Hugo Sartet (Roschdy Zem) from his hospital room.
Thatís what you learn in the
first ten minutes. The rest of the film is a non-stop, high tension,
chase thriller with Samuel trying to save his wife while being pursued
by lots of cops led by Superintendent Werner (Gerard Lanvin). There are
lots of twists and turns to this that kept me riveted. I was so involved
I didnít even notice that I was reading subtitles, and canít remember
doing so even after the film has ended.
If this is not a perfect film,
itís a close as one could come. I donít remember much foul language.
There really isnít much graphic violence. But it is an eminently
believable story of an ordinary man suddenly thrust into high adventure,
a genre created by novelist Eric Ambler in his string of highly
successful World War II-era thrillers, and Samuel reacts in a way that
Samuel sets off on a non-stop
journey through Paris, into subways, hospitals, warehouses, and police
stations trying to find his wife. In the process he gets involved in an
intricate plot involving lots of the people with whom he's thrown into
contact. It all seems to go from bad to worse.
There might be a few plot
holes and there is one scene in which Samuel jumps from one high storied
hotel room to a room in another hotel next to it that is impossible. But
thatís not enough to tarnish the film.