Anthony Mackie rises above a rickety remake of a French thriller about a nurse teaming up with a criminal after his wife is kidnapped. I n order to create the optimal viewing experience for rickety Netflix thriller Point Blank, a quickie remake of the acclaimed French film, expectations should either be lowered or, even better, eradicated completely. In a different era and with a bit more budget, Point Blank could have been a throwaway January release, probably starring Liam Neeson, but now the best place for it is undeniably Netflix , its undemanding nature and flat aesthetic making it an adequate background watch at best. His life soon collides with Abe Frank Grillo, playing a parody of himself , a hardened criminal in his care, suffering from a gunshot wound after what appears to be a botched getaway from a murder scene. The simplicity of the conceit becomes muddied with some rather confusingly etched nonsense involving corrupt cops, an unconvincingly grizzled Marcia Gay Harden as the shotgun-toting detective in hot pursuit and a glaringly obvious plot twist. There are worse films to spend 86 minutes with on a Sunday afternoon but, more importantly, there are also so, so many better ones instead. Point Blank review — mediocre action thriller remake lands on Netflix. Benjamin Lee. Fri 12 Jul
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Westlake , writing as Richard Stark. The film was not a box-office success in , but has since gone on to become a cult classic , eliciting praise from such critics as film historian David Thomson. In , Point Blank was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress , and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry. Walker works with his friend Mal Reese to rob a major crime operation, ambushing the courier on deserted Alcatraz Island.