Point Blank

DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Point Blank
A thief is double-crossed by a crime group called 'The Organization' after pulling a heist. Their mistake was not killing him; now he is out for revenge and the $93,000 that The Organization owes him. Based on Donald E. Westlake's novel.

Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005].
ISBN: 1419807501
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 07, 2015
  • plotline rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Neo-Noir Extraordinaire

"Somebody's gotta pay."- Walker to an irritable crime boss in POINT BLANK.

Listen. Hear that? Heavy footfalls reverberating off the walls and ceiling and floor; marching inexorably, undeniably closer; sounding like small explosions, getting louder and louder. A millisecond of silence, then a door smashes open, followed quickly by the thunder of a .38 handgun erupting and erupting and...

He's loose again (finally on DVD). Walker is coming. And he ain't no Texas Ranger.

John Boorman's first masterpiece (three years before DELIVERANCE) isn't the first neo-noir (see 1962's CAPE FEAR), but POINT BLANK'S jolting stylization (flashbacks on flashbacks; disorienting flashforwards; audio dubs that extend from one scene into another) made moviegoers sit up and take notice.

A no-honor-among-thugs crime story, the film opens with a multiplicity of double crosses. Yet for all the brandishing of guns and bruising encounters (a nasty fistfight backstage of a disco; a used car test drive from hell) the film is nearly bloodless. Boorman maintains constant tension by establishing the relentless nature of Lee Marvin's Walker early on. Walker's inescapable menace is one of the film's best jokes: while the character is never more than a heartbeat from dispensing violent death to all who stand in his way, he never actually kills anyone.

Boorman nods briefly at mid-sixties Californian society: debilitating drug use; the obligatory disco; the binding values of alternative lifestyles; and even some fleeting Angie Dickinson cheesecake (look sharp). And the film's biggest jest prods the incorporation of organized crime, wherein the company officers plot each other's demise and liquid assets are difficult to find.

Eclipsed in 1967 by the truly blood-soaked BONNIE AND CLYDE, the icy grimness of IN COLD BLOOD, and even Lee Marvin's Maj. Reisman in THE DIRTY DOZEN, the dazzling panache of POINT BLANK has justly enshrined the film in the neo-noir pantheon.

Mar 06, 2015
  • NoirBuff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Extremely vivid cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography), showcasing Los Angeles' post modern, modern and mid-century architecture is another reason to watch this film again. The extreme close-ups, colours and textures are delicious. A very good 1960's film (one that busts out of its age, yet showing its time).

May 14, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm not usually into 'noir',.. but this film seems exceptional. Lee Marvin had both cast and script approval, and turned those powers over to fledgling director John Boorman. The resulting creative control gave birth to an innovative template for future Relentless Chase scripts. Film students and fans will find rich nourishment in the Commentary by John Boorman and Steven Soderbergh.

Apr 03, 2014
  • d1967 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Watched it 3 times now !

Sep 04, 2013
  • 8honcho8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best crime movies ever made. This is considered one of the first 'art house' crime films and a true modern noir. Even more difficult because it was filmed in color. It was the first movie that made me fall in love with movies. Marvin's best film. He was probably drunk but he was the rare cat that could act while he was drunk.

Jun 20, 2013
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Point Blank ---- By Richard Stark(DVD/CD - c - 2005/ Orig. c - 1967 Novel " The Hunter ") ---- This is one of the better Richard Stark works. To see it as a movie is great to see. If you like action this is a movie for you. ---- ---- ---- Performers: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Michael Strong, James Sikking, Sandra Warner, John Vernon, Sharon Acker. ---- MPAA rating - Not rated. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul(finished 6-20-2013)


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