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Point Blank

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Super-violent action thriller with profanity, blood.

Movie NR 2019 85 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Would prefer a plot with my violence

Far too mature for kids, particularly the language which is thrown around as if it’s acceptable to use the N and P words. Good film noir should still have a decent plot and this one falls flat for me.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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