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1,328 Ratings

Point Blank

Directed by John Boorman
United States, 1967
Action, Crime, Drama


After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.

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Point Blank Directed by John Boorman
Grim, violent, elliptical, transfixingly sour and strange, it remains, 50 years later, a vital link between old and new, seeming at times like the tail end of classic noir, at others like the first sign of something fresh. It’s a hybrid of American, British, and French influences that becomes very much its own thing.
August 30, 2017
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Boorman launched Marvin across time, his progress, heavy footfall on the soundtrack, as he cuts a wave of destruction across San Francisco looking for satisfaction. Point Blank illustrated just how close we could come to screen violence, how alive a city could look as an action hero spread death across it like a plague.
May 10, 2017
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It was destined to slowly emerge as the rock-steady base of his reputation amongst cinephiles and an archetype and benchmark for the cinematic adventurousness of the period, all the more interesting and rich for being matched to genre storytelling. In Boorman’s hands, the script, credited to Alexander Jacobs and David and Rafe Newhouse, was transformed into a fractured and hallucinatory experience.
April 28, 2016
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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Point Blank

    One of the most visually stunning crime films of the 1960's. Beautifully composed frames, many using Modern Architectural elements as the basis to frame the composition, in a way that really makes this an artistic statement and in a way, even a document, at the same time being a hard-hitting crime picture. Also a number of images are psychedelic-influenced. Family Movie Day, 7 Aug 2017, projected in 1080p. 4.4 stars.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Point Blank

    Noirs can be confused with their complicated plots, but here the setup is straight-forward, yet with a very dreamlike, stream-of-conscious editing style that makes you lose your bearings in its sequencing and doubting its truth. Marvin's anti-hero oddly alludes to the greed-driven, emotional vacancy of the Beowulf character, uselessly fighting for fame and fortune, while its fragmentation mirrors his damaged psyche.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Point Blank

    A ferociously sexy fever dream of fragmented memories, POINT BLANK is 60s post-modernism dressed up as crime film. Possibly an inspiration for The Terminator, Lee Marvin's Walker is a specter with no feeling or human trace, except the mission to recover exactly $93,000. If cinema's power lies in the bending of time, Boorman like Resnais coerces multitudinous interpretations in this mesmerizing, extraordinary work.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Point Blank

    Only Suzuki can be compared to what Boorman does with "Point Blank" : refreshing a genre with wild and rythmic cuts. So smooth and casual. Somehow the true violence is restaured. Film editing at its best (and oh great cast).

  • HSBilly's rating of the film Point Blank

    the same year as le samourai and branded to kill, walker is one of the coolest killer ever. in 1967 france has jeff costello, japan has goro, and america has walker, at least according to me. a wonderful year to have a bunch of ultra-cool killers.

  • Thomas's rating of the film Point Blank

    A genuine masterpiece. Dazzling, gritty, dreamlike. Shot with a menacingly aggressive swagger which is skilfully complemented with stark brutalism and a cool stylish visual flair. There is always beauty to be found in the narrative's poetic minimalism, visual composition and the beautifully understated downbeat performances.

  • comeandsee's rating of the film Point Blank

    these are the golden days of john boorman. this film has no loose weight and is character driven and the plot goes along at such a neat pace, until the end which breaks hollywood convention. the framing and blocking by boorman is first class to. the performance by lee marvin is worth noting also. not to mention the themes of betrayal, greed and lust. this is classic neo-noir at its very best.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Point Blank

    Low-key bad assness at its finest. Lee Marvin shoots his way up the chain of a criminal organization through a psychedelic post-noir jungle with a great twist at the end. The style in which the flashbacks tends to drive me a little crazier every time I see it, but not as much as Marvin's lack of dialogue. I understand its the point of his character and I love him for it, but it still makes me want to freak out.

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