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Point Blank (2019)

TV-MA | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 12 July 2019 (USA)
An ER nurse and a career criminal are forced into an unlikely partnership in taking down a ring of corrupt cops threatening the lives of both their families.

Director:

Joe Lynch

Writers:

Fred Cavayé (characters), Adam G. Simon (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Grillo ... Abe
Stuart F. Wilson ... Thug #1 (as Stuart Wilson)
Buster Reeves ... Thug #2
Christian Cooke ... Mateo
Anthony Mackie ... Paul
Teyonah Parris ... Taryn
Bob Herzog Bob Herzog ... News Reporter
Reggie Willis Reggie Willis ... Pops
Shanessa Sweeney ... Janet
Boris McGiver ... Masterson
Nik Pajic ... Jones
Marcia Gay Harden ... Lt. Lewis
Adam G. Simon ... Patrolman
Clara Harris ... Security Supervisor
Bryan Coffee ... Homeless Man
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When his pregnant wife is kidnapped and held as collateral, Paul, an ER nurse, must team with the badly injured career criminal and murder suspect under his charge in order to save the lives of his wife and unborn child. Pitted against rival gangs and a deadly ring of corrupt cops, the unlikely duo find a way to survive together in the fight of their lives. Written by Netflix

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A Hell of a Day. A Hell of a Pair.

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Trivia

In Wheelman, Frank Grillo's character repeatedly calls a 'cheeter' for help. In Point Blank, Frank Grillo's character requests help from a pawn shop owner named 'cheeter' who, it turns out, owes him a favour. See more »

Goofs

(At 33 minutes) While speeding away from the police, Paul tells Abe to "crank the wheel to the right" while driving forward. When Abe does this however, the car spins left. See more »

Quotes

Abe: I'm a fucking grown-up, man. I don't play video games.
Paul: Yeah, well maybe you should try, to help you with your aggression.
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Connections

Features Sorcerer (1977) See more »

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I'm Broken Hearted
Written by Ernest Kelley
Performed by Little Bessie
Published by Iris Properties, Inc.
Courtesy of Iris Properties, Inc.
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A Decent Watch on Netflix
14 July 2019 | by kjproulxSee all my reviews

Netflix has been making a much better name for themselves in terms of feature films recently. From Always Be My Maybe to even last years Oscar-Winner in Roma, they are proving that they're not just in the game of making great television shows. With that said, they also have an endless slew of content that leans on the mediocre side, and while I wouldn't exactly call Point Blank (one of their recent releases) mediocre, it's certainly quite average and didn't live up to its fullest potential.

The premise is rather simple; Paul's (Anthony Mackie) wife is pregnant and nearing her days of possible delivery, but when she is kidnapped, he is willing to change who he is in order to save her life and their child. Being a nurse, he helps a murder suspect escape from the hospital and the two of them become unlikely partners in the underground crime world in order to fulfill both of their missions. This movie is nearly everything you've already seen a hundred time, so what makes it different from the others? The answer is not much.

Anthony Mackie has proven himself over the years as a great dramatic actor, so I wasn't surprised to see him give a solid performance here. What always impresses me, however; is the fact that Frank Grillo can pretty much do no wrong, in terms of making his characters believable. On top of their commitment to these characters, their chemistry lept off the screen and made this movie worth watching. Sadly, their chemistry (which, thankfully there is a lot of) is really the only selling point here, for the most part.

There is a lot of energy in terms of the film's pacing overall and at a mere 87 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but there just isn't enough substance in the script to really dive deep into this world that's set up. Personally, I enjoyed watching this movie but felt short-changed by the final few minutes. As you can tell the movie is coming to a close, I fear that many viewers may find themselves with a little more to be desired.

In the end, Point Blank ultimately deserves to have its debut on Netflix, but I also wouldn't have minded sitting in the theatre for 90 minutes with these characters either. It's really a mixed bag of drama and action for me, but I will sway a little more on the positive side this time and recommend it as a fine watch on Netflix if you're looking for a breezy viewing experience. Point Blank had a lot going for it, but overall, it feels like wasted potential, but in a good way at times.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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