Point Blank (À bout portant, France, 2010)

No time to stop

Gilles Lelouche, as a trainee nurse who has to save his wife (played by the unfeasibly gorgeous Elena Anaya), is virtually constantly on the run in this terrific thriller from Fred Cavayé (who gave us the equally good Anything for Her). There’s no time to stop for the audience either, as the film hurtles from implausible plot point to one that may even exceed that. Doesn’t matter: this is edge-of-the-seat stuff.

This typical thriller character – the ordinary guy thrown into extraordinary circumstances – has no time to consider what to do; either he tries to save his wife or not. Like Anything for Her, the protagonist’s motivation is based upon a deep love and dependency upon his wife. In this both are highly romantic but, while in the former the ‘guy’ has to plot his way of the mire, here he can only run. It’s a breathless 80 minutes: give me more Fred!


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