Point Blank – DVD Review

Point Blank (Fred Cavaye) is fast paced French kidnap thriller. Whilst the story is standard, the film is greatly improved by the directors exceptional eye for details, and a strong thread of realism in the characters.

Point Blank follows a nurses assistant, Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche), as his wife gets kidnapped in order to coerce him to help criminal Hugo Sartet (Roschdy Zem) escape. Samuel gets mixed up in large scale conspiracy and runs for his own life as well as attempting to save his wife.

The films strength is not in story, which is very much a standard of the thriller genre, it makes no real strides or unexpected turns as the story unfolds, it is nothing that has not been seen a hundred times before. Where this film is strong is in its details, and its inherent sense of reality bred through its characters, not in personality per se, but in the character reactions and physical symptoms of the ordeals. Moments such as Samuel throwing up from running to much, and clear exhaustion and pain from running on police and criminal’s alike. Obvious wounds re-open and symptoms of the wounds is clear, gun-shot wounds are not overly visceral like they are in much Hollywood cinema but this gives them more impact and, again, aids in the realism. The film is also aided by its running time, 82-minutes, it does not over elaborate on unimportant details, and the film is left feeling clean and plot hole free, the running time also allows the fast pace to continue throughout without being an exhausting film to watch.

The camera work is excellent and is a large part of what keeps the pace so high, it is reminiscent of the Bourne films in style, with the camera holding steady for moments when characters stop, even when the impact is shocking, but the generally the camera wobbles and tilts as it follows the action giving it a more frantic and panicked feel which furthers the tension.

Overall Point Blank is a film worth watching, whilst its story is not original, its approach to the film makes it feel fresh, and its attention to details and genuine creation of realism make it an improvement on much of Hollywood’s lazier branches into the genre.

Point Blank is availible on DVD and Blu-Ray now.

About The Author

Daniel graduated in film studies and advertising at the University of Chester. Daniel is driven by a love of movies both indie and blockbuster, he hopes to forge a career writing about film.

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