Point Blank (A Bout Portant)
- Allan Hunter
- 23 May 2011
Director Fred Cavayé's French thriller is engaging and well-paced
(15) 84 min
Fashion photographer turned filmmaker Fred Cavayé (Anything For Her) would have thrived in the old Hollywood studio system. His films operate with the speed and single-mindedness of a runaway locomotive. Give him a high concept premise and he will wring ever ounce of tension from it, drag you to the edge of your seat and send you home suitably shaken and stirred in under ninety minutes.
Cavayé’s Point Blank (A Bout Portant) is a suitably breathless nail-biter told with the dynamism of a Bourne thriller. Ubiquitous French star Gilles Lellouche is trainee nurse Samuel. His tender ministrations save the life of career criminal Sartet (Roschdy Zem). Soon, ruthless henchmen have kidnapped Samuel’s pregnant wife Nadia (Elena Anaya). If he wants to see her alive again and live to enjoy fatherhood, he has to break Sartet out of intensive care and evade half the cops and criminals in Paris as the unlikely duo run for their lives.
Point Blank maintains a pulse-racing forward momentum with chases, narrow escapes, twists and betrayals. You may want to pick it apart afterwards but Cavayé ensures that your are lost in the moment as it unfolds. Catch it now before Hollywood mucks up the remake.
General release from Fri 10 Jun.