Gallery: Point Blank
Of all the French thrillers out there (and there are many), why did Magnolia Pictures deem Fred Cavayé’s pointless Point Blank worthy of American distribution? Did they think Western audiences would just instinctually flock to the nearest action film with flashy hand held camera shots and jarring smash cuts? Rigorous to the point of delirium, Point Blank bum-rushes the viewer with seizure-inducing movement from the first frame, recycling variations of similar footraces through the damp streets, swank apartments, and cavernous dungeons of a Parisian urban playground. It’s the equivalent of an 83-minute chase sequence that goes figuratively nowhere, losing all sense of narrative logic and characterization in the madness.
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