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Point Blank


Stars: Gilles Lelouche, Roschdy Zem. Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Gérard Lanvin, Claire Perot

Director: Fred Cavayé

This French film may not be among the best thrillers you've ever seen, but, by golly, it certainly is among the fastest. You may have trouble telling the good guys from the bad guys, but defeinitely among the former is Samuel (Lelouche), with a seven-months-pregnant wife (Anaya). He's in deep doodoo after thwarting an attempt to terminate one of his patients, a safecracker (Zem), who's already been shot by crooked cops as part of a complicated plan to murder a businessman.

Director Cavayé makes sure you'll have little chance to fathom the plot, or work out who's on which side, by setting an absolutely thunderous pace, as the bad guys kidnap Samuel's wife and get him to release the safecracker into the open where he can be finally dispatched. From here in, the film develops into one continuous chase through buildings, streets and subways, as Samuel fights to stay alive and find his wife.

Those looking for relaxation at the movies had better search elsewhere. A Hollywood remake surely beckons.

David Quinlan

USA 2011. UK Distributor: Vertigo. Colour by Eclair.
88 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 0, Swearing 1.

Review date: 06 Jun 2011