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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good triumphs over evil. Redemption is possible.
Positive Role Models
Hero is courageous, smart, loyal, and resourceful. Villains range from 100% evil to nuanced men caught up in events out of their control.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme violence: frequent gunfire, point-blank killings, bloody corpses and wounded, car chases and crashes, pregnant woman in jeopardy, brutal struggles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Profanity is constant: "p---y," "d--k," "Jesus," the "N" word, and countless uses of "f--k," "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Pepsi, PT Cruiser.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Morphine and Toradol are administered to an injured patient. Cigarettes. Social drinking in bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Point Blank, an action thriller in film noir mode, is a remake of a 2010 French movie of the same name (aka "A Bout Portant"). Set in Cincinnati, for this story's purpose a city teeming with crime and police corruption, the movie relies on a familiar premise -- an innocent caught up in circumstances beyond his control must summon his courage and smarts to defeat a powerful enemy. Violence is brutal; gunfights, up-close shooting deaths, bloody victims, car chases/crashes, hand-to-hand fights, and repeated life-or-death moments for the hero and a pregnant woman come early and often. Countless uses of "f--k" and "s--t" are heard along with other curses and racial slurs (i.e., "ass," "p---y," "d--k," variations of the "N" word). Drugs (morphine and Toradol) are administered by syringe, mostly to ease the pain of wounded man. Characters smoke cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Joe Lynch has elements of film noir in place: gritty city, guns and blood, dirty cops, criminals with hearts of gold, and an innocent in way over his head, but it doesn't add up to much. The action starts out strong; the stakes are high; the acting is first rate, but as the story plays out it becomes muddy and predictable (who in the room didn't know that Taryn would go into labor before the final credits?). For some, the pounding, pervasive music over the action (what feels like the director's homage to of Edgar Wright's ground-breaking work in Baby Driver), will be irritating and distracting; for others, it will feel hip and fun. The addition of an overly-cute drug dealer with a movie obsession doesn't help build suspense to the grand finale.
Still, Frank Grillo may have this film noir thing down pat. He's every bit the part, and good at it. Anthony Mackie makes a great Everyman. And, Marcia Gay Harden must relish getting to play a different kind of gal. Point Blank is okay for action lovers, but not for kids.
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