Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo form a reluctant team in Netflix’s action thriller Point Blank

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Point Blank is Netflix’s upcoming action thriller from director Joe Lynch (Everly, Mayhem) that reunites Captain America: Winter Soldier and Civil War compatriots Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo. It’s a remake of the 2010 French film of the same name (except in French, obviously) that was written and directed by Fred Cavayé, and has nothing to do with Mickey Rourke’s 1998 stinker, Lee Marvin’s 1967 classic, or even John Cusack’s 1997 Grosse Pointe Blank. Point Blank sure is a popular movie title.

Mackie stars as an ER nurse who, after his pregnant wife is kidnapped, is forced to rescue a wounded criminal (Grillo) from the hospital where he’s under police guard. This puts him squarely in the middle of a conflict between rival gangs and corrupt cops, and the only person he can rely on to help him get his wife back is the very man he was forced to save against his will.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

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.

Let’s take a look:

I’m confused. Not because Nick’s trying to count with his toes again or I can’t follow the basic plot of what’s going on in the trailer, but because the giant tonal shifts are really weird. One minute it’s dark and gritty (and that’s how the movie is billed) with brutal action, and the next it’s an odd couple action comedy. I’m normally cool with tonal shifts because they keep me engaged in what I’m watching, and provided they flow into each other, but here they’re incredibly jarring and the rap soundtrack jumping in didn’t help at all with that.

I’m hoping this is just a case of a poorly cut trailer because this looks like it could be a decent action movie. It’s got a good pair of lead actors and a serviceable plot that’ll keep things moving from one kickass action scene to the next.

What do you think?

Point Blank will premiere on Netflix on 12 July. It also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Christian Cooke, Teyonah Parris, Boris McGiver, and Ming Wang.

Last Updated: June 21, 2019

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