A breakneck French thriller, Point Blank is so ridiculously successful at keeping its momentum going - and keeping the audience tense with suspense - that it's likely to leave you with your heart pounding, gasping for breath. So, a health advisory: Have a long chug of water when you leave the theater, and maybe try a little yoga, or meditation, too.
Like Tell No One, Guillaume Canet's 2006 man-on-the-run hit (soon to be Hollywoodized, with Ben Affleck directing and starring), Point Blank presents an adrenalin-fueled scenario in which an innocent Every Guy must contend with sinister creeps, gun-toting thugs, and clueless cops - leaping across rooftops, dodging cars, tearing into crowded Metro stations in order to save the day.
Coincidentally, it's the actor who played Tell No One's colorful sidekick - Bruno, the gruff, garrulous street gangster who helps François Cluzet out of a major jam - who takes the lead in Point Blank. As Samuel, a hospital nurse who unwittingly gets embroiled in some deadly business, Gilles Lellouche has our sympathy and support from the get-go. How can he not?
Here's this earnest, industrious nursing student, with a beautiful and very pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) at home, who saves a patient on the brink of expiration. Someone had cut off the man's oxygen supply, and if Samuel hadn't acted fast, he'd be dead.