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Point Blank (2010)

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  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 1 December 2010 (France)
  • Runtime: France:84 min
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  • IMDb page: Point Blank (2010)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 3,727 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 1 December 2010 (France)
  • Runtime: France:84 min
  • Budget: $16,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $706,937(USA)(13 November 2011)
  • Director: Fred Cavayé
  • Stars: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem and Gérard Lanvin
  • Original Music By: Klaus Badelt   
  • Plot Keyword: Three Word Title

Writing Credits By:

  • Fred Cavayé (scenario) &
  • Guillaume Lemans (scenario)

Known Trivia

    Plot: Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse who saves the wrong guy — a thief (Roschdy Zem) whose… See more » |  »

    Story: Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse who saves the wrong guy — a thief (Roschdy Zem) whose henchmen take Samuel's pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) hostage to force him to spring their boss from the hospital. A race through the subways and streets of Paris ensues, and the body count rises. Can Samuel evade the cops and the criminal underground and deliver his beloved to safety?Written by thewanger  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Jeremy Burdek known as co-producer
    • Cyril Colbeau-Justin known as producer
    • Serge de Poucques known as co-producer
    • Jean-Baptiste Dupont known as producer
    • David Giordano known as executive producer
    • Sylvain Goldberg known as co-producer (as Sylvain Golberg)
    • Nadia Khamlichi known as co-producer
    • Adrian Politowski known as co-producer
    • Gilles Waterkeyn known as co-producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Gilles Lellouche known as Samuel Pierret
    • Roschdy Zem known as Hugo Sartet
    • Gérard Lanvin known as Commandant Patrick Werner
    • Elena Anaya known as Nadia Pierret
    • Mireille Perrier known as Commandant Fabre
    • Claire Pérot known as Capitaine Anaïs Susini
    • Moussa Maaskri known as Capitaine Vogel
    • Pierre Benoist known as Capitaine Mercier
    • Valérie Dashwood known as Capitaine Moreau
    • Virgile Bramly known as Capitaine Mansart
    • Nicky Naude known as Capitaine Richert
    • Adel Bencherif known as Luc Sartet
    • Vincent Colombe known as Interne de garde
    • Chems Dahmani known as Aide-soignant
    • Grégoire Bonnet known as Jaffart, chef DPJ
    • Brice Fournier known as Marconi
    • Patrice Guillain known as Capitaine Auclert
    • Max Morel known as Max Collet
    • Diane Stolojan known as Témoin bus 1
    • David Saada known as Témoin bus 2
    • Arnaud Maillard known as Agent RATP
    • Laurence Pollet-Villard known as Gynécologue
    • Julie Mouamma known as Infirmière
    • Bénédicte Dessombz known as Réceptionniste hôpital
    • Grégoire Guist'hau known as Journaliste interview aide-soignant
    • Sylvia Anicone known as Journaliste LCI
    • Frédéric Kontogom known as Agent PC sécurité hôpital
    • Dorothée Tavernier known as Policière uniforme
    • Bertrand Disset known as Policier escalier
    • Jean-Charles Rousseau known as Policier flashball 1
    • Frédéric Dessains known as Policier flashball 2 (as Fred Dessains)
    • Sebastien Vandenberghe known as Policier barrage Samuel
    • Jean Selesko known as Policier salle de contrôle
    • Sylvain Maury known as Prévenu travesti
    • Marie-Catherine Soyer known as Léa (7 ans)
    • Léa Philippe known as Cousine Léa
    • Angelo Aybar known as Victor Spattoni
    • Jacques Colliard known as Francis Meyer
    • Frans Boyer known as Capitaine Marek
    • Philippe Couerre known as Fils Meyer
    • Eric Malo known as Homme de main
    • Arnaud Klein known as Capitaine équipe Fabre
    • Jade Breidi known as Capitaine équipe Fabre 2
    • Robin De Lano known as Capitaine Anaïs Susini (voice)
    • Cedric Cirotteau known as Flic civil Quai des Orfèvres (uncredited)
    • Renée Fleming known as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Catherine Bruchon known as key makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Arthur Beaudoin known as trainee set designer
    • Khadija Ben Mustapha known as set dresser
    • Frédéric Cambon known as assistant art director
    • Nicolas Decaux known as supervising rigger
    • Anthony Lecomte known as trainee set designer
    • Nicolas Romand known as set dresser
    • Félix Roue known as swing gang
    • Christian Vallat known as assistant art director
    • Uriel Zylberman known as art department assistant

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • LGM Productions (as LGM Films) (co-production)
    • Gaumont (co-production)
    • TF1 Films Production (co-production)
    • K.R. Productions (co-production)
    • Nexus Factory (in association with)
    • uFilm (in association with)
    • Canal+ (with the participation of)
    • TPS Star (with the participation of)

    Other Companies:

    • uFund  funding
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Film Music Services  composer's agency
    • Studio Line  post-production sound services (ADR)
    • TSF.be-ATHALYS  camera equipment provided by
    • TSF.be-ATHALYS  grip and lighting equipment

    Distributors:

    • Gaumont International (2010) (worldwide) (all media)
    • Gaumont (2010) (France) (theatrical)
    • Broadmedia Studios (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • Golden Village Pictures (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • MVP Entertainment (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Magnolia Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Monopole-Pathé (2010) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
    • Vertigo Films (2011) (UK) (theatrical) (limited)
    • A-Film Home Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • A-Film Home Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Belga Home Vidéo (2011) (Belgium) (DVD)
    • Dark Light Media (2010) (China) (all media)
    • EDKO Film (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
    • Madman Entertainment (2012) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD)
    • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (all media)
    • One Movie (2011) (Italy) (all media)
    • uDream (2011) (Belgium) (DVD)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Benjamin Ageorges known as visual effects supervisor
    • Stephane Bidault known as visual effects supervisor
    • Olivier Blanchet known as digital artist
    • Nicolas Delbecq known as on set supervisor
    • Jean-Antoine Lacolle known as digital compositor
    • Paul Moriaux known as digital artist
    • Bruno Nicolas known as digital artist
    • Arnaud Ortmann known as digital artist
    • François Poupon known as visual effects artist
    • Amélie Rey known as visual effects coordinator
    • Adrien Servadio known as digital artist
    • Christian Tomikowski known as digital compositor

    Release Date:

    • France 4 November 2010 (Réunion Film Festival)
    • France 8 November 2010 (Arras Film Festival)
    • France 10 November 2010 (Sarlat Film Festival)
    • France 1 December 2010
    • UK 18 February 2011 (Glasgow Film Festival)
    • Turkey 27 May 2011
    • Ireland 10 June 2011
    • UK 10 June 2011
    • Japan 25 June 2011 (Tokyo Festival du Film Français)
    • South Korea 13 July 2011
    • Greece 28 July 2011
    • USA 29 July 2011 (limited)
    • Japan 6 August 2011
    • Sweden 24 September 2011 (Lund Fantastisk Film Festival)
    • Hong Kong 6 October 2011
    • USA 15 October 2011 (New Hampshire Film Festival)
    • Canada 5 November 2011 (Cinemania Film Festival)
    • Spain 11 November 2011 (Festival Internacional de Cinema Negre de Manresa)
    • Germany 2012 (DVD premiere)
    • Netherlands 10 January 2012 (DVD premiere)
    • Spain 17 February 2012
    • Singapore 15 March 2012
    • Portugal 29 March 2012

    MPAA: rated R for strong violence and some language

    ..

     
     

    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    10 Comments

    1. rightwingisevil from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      this movie will keep your eyes open and sit on the edge of your chaironce it starts. i often consider the good french action thrillers arethe most creative and original, that's why Hollywood keeps copycattingand adapting from the french movies one after another once there arenew good french thriller movies in the market. "the next three days(nota bad adaptation)" and "the tourist(just horrible!)" are the mostrecent examples adapted from the french originals.

      this 'point blank' is a great thriller from beginning to the end. thechases from the hospital to the subway station and the chaos in thehospital and the police central are just exceptionally directed,edited, acted. i was sleepy before watching this movie, but once itstarted, the heavy eyelids just became light and wide open.

      i didn't quite like the final scene. it seems a bit unnecessary but atthe same time quite necessary, and that's a funny thought.

    2. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      The health care assistant Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche) goes withhis pregnant wife Nadia Cortez (Elena Anaya) to the doctor thatrecommends a complete rest for Nadia for the next weeks. Samuel will bepromoted to nurse very soon and he is very happy.

      When he is working in the night shift, a man tries to kill the patientHugo Sartet (Roschdy Zem), who had been wounded by a motorcycle whilechased by two men. However, Samuel uses the adequate medical procedureand saves the man. On the next morning, he is proud of hisaccomplishment and telling Nadia at home when he is attacked by astranger. When he wakes-up, he receives a phone call from the strangertelling that Nadia has been abducted and he needs to remove Hugo fromthe hospital until midday, otherwise she will be murdered.

      The police department is divided by the squads of Detective PatrickWerner (Gérard Lanvin), who is investigating the murder of themillionaire Francis Meyer, and Detective Catherine Fabre (MireillePerrier), who is in charge of the case in the hospital, and the groupshave an internal dispute. Samuel rescues Hugo and is hunted by theDetective Fabre on the streets. When Samuel is ready to trade Hugo forNadia, they are hunted by two armed men and Samuel and Hugo runs to asafe house. Samuel calls Detective Fabre and when she arrives, she ismurdered by Werner and his detectives. Sooner Samuel learns thatWerner's team is corrupt and now he needs Hugo to save his wife.

      This is the second film directed by Fred Cavayé that I have recentlyseen and both are great full of action thrillers. They have similarstory lines, with a common man forced to an extreme act to save hisbeloved wife, and pursuits through the streets of Paris. But thestories are engaging and different from each other.

      I hope that Hollywood does not destroy this plot with a remake the sameway this industry did with "Pour Elle". Further, I am looking forwardto see his next work. My vote is seven.

      Title (Brazil): "À Queima Roupa" ("Point Blank")

    3. Rockwell_Cronenberg from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      This is how you make an action-packed thriller. Swift, brutal and voidof any kind of silly subplots that give too much time to words when thecharacters should just be racing for their lives. They quicklyestablish the characters in a clean and effective way and then shockyou by going right into the action. With a very nice 80 minute runtimethe film breezes by without dragging for a moment and you really justget caught up in the exciting chaos of it all. There's definitely noreinventing the wheel here, but it stands up with Taken and RunningScared as one of the best action films to come out this past decade. Itwas exactly what I wanted.

      There were some moments that really made me sit up in my chair just byhow much of a gut punch they were; some things I definitely didn't seecoming. Gilles Lellouche is a great leading man, capable of portrayingboth the everyman and the action star qualities of his character whilestill being completely believable when he has to portray the dramaticmoments to keep you on his side and understanding of what he isfighting for. It's stylish as hell and is seriously just pushing it'sfoot to pavement for the entire running time. This is a realcrowd-pleaser.

    4. Amin Jacoub from Croatia
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      French cinema is well known to the audience, especially to thosetending to Art film. Besides French film influence which is thereference in the field, France is also very well known as a land of theCrime genre. I am myself great fan of their Film Noir and New Wave andI am totally crazy about their crime (gangster) movies from earlierperiods and contemporary as well.

      French crime movies did not loose its charm even today, and almostevery year there are few great titles. It comes to my mind moderndirector like it is Olivier Marchal which movies I like very much, butthere are respectable list of other names, both directors and actors.

      Point Blank movie did not disappoint, and it were a pleasure to watchit. Even the name reminds me on classic US crime movie with Lee Marvin,but it have nothing similar with it. The plot of Point Blank is good,and somehow original, even it is not hard to predicts the end, which isusual for most movie.

      This is not pure crime movie, I would add that there is a bit ofthriller smell in it. The actors did a good job, especially well knownactor Roschdy Zem which can be seen in most of the crime movies. I amnot familiar with director Fred Cavaye, but he did a good job here, andhe offer us fine work in tradition of French crime cinema.

      For those looking for typical Hollywood action pack, maybe it is betterto look at something else, but for those that like classic action crimeEuropean movie, it is more than recommended.

    5. bobbobwhite from san ramon ca
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      Outside of Hollywood, good and realistic action films can be successfulwithout the Hollywood Big 3 of American action films…..CGI, carchases and boo-coo explosions. And, French films always deliver whenmean, harsh, brutal and uncaring play the main roles. Great lookingpregnant wife, Liam Neesom-resembling husband, despicable and brutalcriminals uncaring about human values and life, and brutal dirty copseven less caring about human life made this one of my faves for theyear so far.

      Point Blank was a 100% serious film with great pacing and no smart-assor comedic side tracks or poorly placed romance throw-ins as are sooften stupidly done by Hollywood, plus it had plenty of the mostterrifying and brutal behavior of human psychopathy to scare you silly.Other than a few timing errors where the director stayed with a fewscenes longer than he should have for best effect, such as the one whenthe dirty cop was discovered, it was a well done seat-edge thriller tothe end. And, yes, we all knew how it would end, as all those horribleexperiences resulted in a typical ending…….good for the good guysand bad for the baddies.

      How regular people in real life could ever have more or less normallives after all that bloody terror and murder is beyond myunderstanding, but somehow these film characters seemed to be able todo it.

    6. ccthemovieman-1 from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      This was very entertaining French thriller and, at 84 minutes, a goodway to stay riveted to the screen for under an hour-and-a-half. I wishmore movies were this short in length.

      I didn't know the actors but it didn't matter. In fact it helpedbecause I could focus entirely on the story. The had subtitles but itdidn't matter; they didn't interfere with the viewing. They were shortand to the point.

      It got a little confusing at times as everyone seems to be a bad guy -crooks and cops – and this poor "Samuel Pierret" (Gilles Lellouche) hasto be on his own for a good amount of time as he races through the cityof Paris, dodging bullets and punches all while desperately trying tofind his kidnapped – and very pregnant – wife.

      Yeah, even though you knew things were going to turn out all right, itwas still very suspenseful and almost every character in this storytook his and her lumps in some fashion. I would definitely watch thismovie again.

    7. dball-14 from United States
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      Someone who complains about "lack of depth" doesn't get it. This is avery well-acted–in fact brilliantly acted–well-directed, well-paced,well-plotted thriller. If you want "depth", see subtle films about loveand betrayal and friendship, etc. Nothing wrong with that, but this isa thriller. We know enough about the characters to make us care, andman, we do care! and make them believable. That's quite enough for athriller.

      As others have observed, the actors are magnificent. First, theunwilling hero: as in great Hitchcock films (I'm thinking particularlyof "North by Northwest"), he's an ordinary guy, not a tough, trainedsuper-hero. Gilles Lelouche is totally convincing in that role. And theone who seems to be the bad guy, Roshdy Zem, and who develops in thecourse of the film, is perfect. Neither he nor anybody else in thisfilm overacts.

    8. Guy from UK
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      Plot: A French doctor is framed and forced on the run after he helps acriminal wanted by corrupt policemen.

      Right now French cinema is so slick that even incredibly thin filmslike this are terrificly enjoyable, albeit forgettable. This is a manon the run film that understands the need for twists, shocks, seriousstakes (the lead's pregnant wife who has been kidnapped) and speed.It's less than 90 minutes long and all the better for it. Any longerand the absurdity of the plot would have been obvious.

      As it is the story is fast and not much else. There is no realcharacter development and the villains are easy to spot. Put it thisway, if you had to guess whether the sensitive female-led team of cops(with a token grizzled father figure man) or the testosterone male-ledteam (even their token woman is a little manly) were the villains thenwho would you pick? Yeah, you guessed right.

      There are a few mistakes, such as the morality of the film. The climaxof the film requires the leads to get all the French gangs to launch acrime wave which will allow them to sneak into the police station andsteal a video tape that will exonerate them. Not only is that planridiculous but it requires cheering the criminals. As in many Frenchcrime films there is a degree of romanticism of the immigrant (African,Algerian) gangs, whilst the film makes a failed attempt to make acriminal joint hero, despite his unsavoury past and actions.

      Nonetheless, the cast all have fabulous French faces, the women are allstrikingly handsome and the men are wonderfully grizzled and dour. Thebig reveal crime seemed a little dull (corrupt cops get paid to kill abusinessman by his heir) but the pace is fast enough that you won'tcare until you are out of the cinema.

    9. axlrhodes from United Kingdom
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      If you are looking for a thriller that cuts to the chase, and doesn'twaste your time with boring exposition then this is the one for you.You might feel the need to have a lie down afterwards though as thefilm is intense and furiously paced throughout. I remember seeing afilm called District 13 a few years ago, which was OK but more a less ashowcase for free running and base jumping and i must admit to havingconcerns that this would be similar. Im glad to say, the chases aremuch more realistic in this film, we even see a character spew his gutsup after a particularly long chase sequence. There's also a fewsurprises in store and the film has a short running time , clearlyintent on not out staying it's welcome and aiming for maximum impact atthe same time. Full credit to all involved, an enjoyable, tight , pacyaction thriller. 7/10

    10. valleyjohn from United Kingdom
      29 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

      Once again the French have made a another exciting cop based thriller ,a genre that is sorely lacking in Hollywood at the moment.

      Point Blank revolves around a male nurse who's pregnant wife iskidnapped because he saves a severely injured wanted man , but whowants him. All is not as it seems!

      This reminded me a little of the big thrillers of the 1970's . PopeyeDoyle from the French Connection would not have looked out of place onthis thriller. Sure , it's more action than substance but it's non stopand because it's only 80 minutes it never gets boring.

      Good performances from Gilles Lellouche and Roschdy Zem add to what isan enjoyable joy ride of a movie.

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