Point Blank

Fast-paced Gallic suspenser about a nurse's assistant (Gilles Lellouche) whose pregnant wife has been kidnapped and who has been ordered to release a wounded criminal from his hospital if he ever wants to see her alive again. The thrills that ensue are non-stop, with plenty of dark little twists and turns and just the right amount of emotional manipulation.

Point Blank - no relation to the 1967 Lee Marvin movie of the same title - is such a good old fashioned action picture that I don't have much to say about it. It's exciting, it's well-acted, and it's emotionally satisfying, with good guys you can root for and bad guys you can hate. It's not exactly unique, and it says nothing meaningful, but sometimes you just want to see a movie where people run around shooting at each other. I could have done without the epilogue, which introduces a couple of hard-to-believe story elements (unless France's criminal justice system is truly whacked) and ends abruptly with a terrible rock song playing over the end credits, but otherwise I found Point Blank a flawlessly engineered thriller.