Monday, July 15, 2019

Point Blank (2019)

Movie Name/Year: Point Blank (2019)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Length: 86 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Production/Distribution: WarParty Films, Netflix
Director: Joe Lynch
Writer: Fred CavayƩ, Adam G. Simon
Actors: Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Marcia Gay Harden, Christian Cooke, Teyonah Parris, Boris McGiver, Carly Tamborski, Ming Wang, Markice Moore, Daniel R. Hill

Blurb from IMDb: To save his pregnant wife, an emergency room nurse teams up with an injured murder suspect in a race against time, rival criminals and renegade cops.

Selina’s Point of View:
Even taking into consideration that the story for Point Blank was based on a French film of the same name from 2010, the plot was still a little dated. I mean, it felt kind of like a Die Hard (1988) era film. The reluctant buddies. The damsel in distress. The dirty cops.

It was all very trope-filled.

Still, I couldn’t help but enjoy it.

It’s not going to wind up being named as one of my favorites or anything, but Point Blank hits the spot for an action film. It gives you just about anything you could want from a gun-toting, blood-spilling, explosion-filled flick. There’s even some decent acting in it.

Both Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Infinity War, The Hate U Give, Triple 9) and Frank Grillo (Kingdom, Avengers: Endgame, End of Watch) are vets of the industry. I know what I’m going to get with them and, quite frankly, they have names that are going to draw people to the film to begin with. I’ve been a casual fan of Marcia Gay Harden’s (Code Black, Parkland, After Words) since she played Star on Law & Order: SVU (1999 - ), she’s a little type-cast, but she makes for a good professional part. I was also introduced to Teyonah Parris (Survivor’s Remorse, Chi-Raq, Mad Men) in this film and it was a good introduction. I believed her pain and fear pretty deeply.

The flaws that I did notice had nothing to do with acting, but they were predictable flaws. Basically, there were loopholes that just about every action-flick from the 80s had. Since it felt so much like it could have been made in that era, I found those issues easy to forgive.

If you’re interested in an action film for a movie night with family, this one isn’t bad. Even though it’s rated mature for TV, there’s no nudity that I can remember and no sex scenes. The rating is for violence. I wouldn’t recommend it for younger kids/teens, but if you want to watch something with your older teens – there won’t be any embarrassing moments to suffer through.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 55%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – 47/100
Metacritic User Score – 10/10
IMDB Score – 5.7/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating3.5/5

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