Point Blank

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point blankIt’s always annoying when movies use a title that another film has already used. At least the first Point Blank is a Lee Marvin film from the ‘60s.

This is a French film, and I’m guessing there will be another Point Blank when American filmmakers drool over this taut thriller that has you on the edge of your seat every second of its short 84 minute length.

Here’s the story.

A male nurse saves a patient. He proudly tells his pregnant wife, although he leaves out the part about the patient possibly being the victim of an assassination attempt.

He gets konked on the head and as he loses consciousness, sees his wife being kidnapped.  A phone call informs him he’ll need to take the patient out of the hospital. It seems the bad guys want to finish the job he ruined by saving his life.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be hard for a nurse to take a patient out of the hospital, but there are now police crawling around the hospital, including one stationed bedside. The nurse is crafty, though. He can think of things to say, and tools to use (you’ll never get the defibrillator scene out of your head).

Since an opening scene let’s us know his wife is having some difficulty during this pregnancy, it adds an extra knot in your stomach – as if an angry baby is kicking you in the gut.

You throw crooked cops into the mix of ruthless gangsters, and this fast-paced thriller never lets up.

There have been guys that make an escape during a trip to the bathroom or shower – but when we have a protagonist that is thrown into this world he knows little about – every decision he makes seems to be an act of desperation that makes perfect sense.

Of course, there’s so much action and adrenaline, you hardly have a chance to really analyze some of the flaws the story contains.

And certainly the character development leaves a bit to be desired.

People ask me each week to give them a good date movie. Well, if the woman in the relationship likes French films with subtitles and the man prefers Bruce Willis flicks where he’s shooting and blowing things up – this is the perfect date movie.

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