Paul (Anthony Mackie) is a nurse who is about to have a terrible day after receiving a new patient named Abe (Frank Grillo); a criminal and prime suspect to a murder. Paul’s pregnant wife then gets kidnapped, and Paul has no choice but to release the murder suspect from hospital and team up with him to save his wife. Along the journey, they will encounter multiple hurdles, including crooked cops and other hired killers looking for our two leads. This concept isn’t anything new to me but as a film, but I was curious to see it through given our leading performers. But ultimately, I’ll let readers know in advance that this film frustrated me for most of its duration.
The film’s biggest disappointment is the plot. It’s nothing new, nothing fresh and nothing exciting. At no point did I feel any suspense and interest in our characters. The plan is incredibly predictable, and I always felt like I was ahead of the film each step of the way. It’s predictable because this film has been done multiple times. Given the film’s talent, there was an awesome opportunity here, but the ball has been dropped.
Point Blank also provides some of the most unusual edit cuts I ever seen for a Netflix film. Sometimes characters are delivering dialogue one moment, and then their actions in the next don’t match up. Sometimes these moments felt more like an editing mistake, and I found these errors distracting. There’s also another scene of a car leaving, and as it drives away we have a random yellow balloon flying past the camera, what the?
As for the film’s soundtrack, we have fantastic hits from the ’80s, but none of the tracks fit with the film’s tones or the scenes they are slotted into. Is the film not set in the 80s, last-minute editing choices again?
Overall, I can see many movie lovers will find fun in this. Unfortunately, for myself, I found this film extremely frustrating. The poor edit cuts which are distracting and predictable plot all adds up to ultimately bringing nothing new or fresh to the screen. Our leading actors do their best, but the direction I feel our actors have been given means their talents are genuinely wasted here.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden