Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, Point Blank, Car chase

Is ‘Point Blank’ worth watching?

Point Blank is worth watching if:

  • You often complain other movies are too slow.
  • You liked Anthony Mackie in IO and want to see him show more personality.
  • You value fun over great writing and attention to detail.

Point Blank is not worth watching if:

  • You’re looking for something slow and character driven.
  • High stake car chases and shootouts put you to sleep.
  • You expect a deep and captivating story.

Pros:

  • The action is perfectly balanced. Not too much and not too little.
  • Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo are likeable in their unlikely duo of Nurse and Killer.
  • Does justice to its categorizations of being a ‘chase movie’ and ‘crime movie’.

Cons:

  • The film doesn’t do a great job with the finer details.
  • The story and characters feel hokey and unrealistic at times.
  • Certain scenes could have used a better licensed song selection.

score: 70% CHILLIN 

One sentence story summary: To save his pregnant wife, an emergency room nurse unwillingly partners with an injured murder suspect in a race against time and renegade cops.

Point Blank isn’t a movie that will blow you away, but it doesn’t feel like it’s shooting blanks either, like Netflix Original movies often do. It’s a really solid action movie with suspenseful car chases and the like, and it manages to keep a perfect pace of tension and thrills, without going overboard.

The writing can often be fairly mediocre, and many of the films smaller details aren’t great. Imagine you took a really nice outline of a painting and then had a kid color in parts of it with crayons, that’s how you feel when watching Point Blank. You can appreciate the core of the movie as a surprisingly good action flick, but elements of the writing, parts of the story, certain characters, among other things make it clear this is no Van Gogh.

With that said, if you just want some fun action, Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo present a fairly likeable duo in their co-starring roles, and will help get you through to the end credits. It’s also worth mentioning that while many elements of the film aren’t particularly impressive, things never get particularly terrible either.

If crime based action and fast-paced chases are your thing, Point Blank might be worth checking out.

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