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Point Blank - Intriguing thriller that tries just a little too hard to be ultra cool,
This review is from: Point Blank [DVD] (NTSC) [Korean Import] (DVD)
Point Blank is a rather intriguing thriller that mostly works well. Filmed in the late sixties and starring Lee Marvin at his coolest, it would later be refilmed in a more populist fashion as Payback, starring Mel Gibson. The story line is simple. Walker (Marvin) wants his money back. Double crossed in a heist, he ended up being shot by his partner who ran off with the loot. Walker wants it back. And nothing will get in his way.
We follow Walker as he is led from one place to another by a mysterious Keenan Wynne. He beats people up, very dreadfully cool and macho while doing it, and very intelligently manages to outwit the mobsters he is up against. On this level it is an effective thriller with lots of well paced action and a charismatic central performance from Marvin, who manages to impress despite having nothing much more to do than look mean and thump people.
The film fails a little in its attempts to be late sixties cool. There is a certain enigmatic note about whether Walker is really still alive that doesn't work too well, and certain scenes are very dated, especially the nightclub. Some of it however does work well, especially the iconic scene of Lee Marvin walking down a corridor, and the echo of his shoes. Marvin radiates coolness, and a tough guy aurora that makes him look the kind of guy that would have Chuck Norris for breakfast without even breaking sweat. His presence, along with a pretty decent script and well paced action makes the film. 4 stars.
This multi region release offers nothing new over the region 1 or region 2 releases, and indeed is lacking in language options (strange for a multi region disc) compared to the previous releases.