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Fast-paced action thriller,
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This review is from: Point Blank [DVD]  (DVD)Directed by Cavayé, who gave us the excellent "Anything For Her", this film is non-stop action from 10 minutes into the story until the very end. While AFH was a slow build-up for two thirds of the story, climaxing in the last third with fast-paced action, "Point Blank" feels as if the writer/director decided to make the whole film in that fast pace. The result is a picture that keeps you at the edge of your couch practically from start to finish.
I can see the American remake coming in the horizon... Probably with a budget five times bigger. This French original feels very real, filmed on location at neck-breaking speed. The "making of" featurette included in the blu-ray DVD is well worth watching. It's a wonder there were not more people injured during the filming in the streets and subway stations of Paris.
The choice of title ("Point Blank") could not have been worse in translating it from the French "à bout portant". It creates confusion with John Boorman's classic with Lee Marvin, and the stories are totally different. I could think of twenty other suitable titles for this picture: "Relentless", "Unflinching", "Practical Training For Nurse Exam"... Do distributors do this deliberately to confuse us?