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
The French are rather talented in making fast action movies, the most known - directly or via remakes - are connected with the name of Luc Besson. But apart from him, there are dozens of good filmmakers whose production remains within the French-speaking countries or a bit wider - in the event of topical French film days or similar. Anyway, À bout portant is an interesting and well taken action by Fred Cavayé, with a strong and versatile cast, leading by Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem and Gérard Lanvin.
There are some clichés and repeating scenes, but they do not become annoying as the past is fast and multidimensional - and the total length of the film is 1 hour 15 minutes only. The ending has also several layers; thus, the film is surely for them who like rapid twists, chases on foot, double-dealing characters etc.
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