If you've already binged through the latest season of "Stranger Things" on Netflix and are looking for more adult fare this weekend, there are probably better options out there than "Point Blank."
Director Joe Lynch turned heads last year with a bloody-smart satire, "Mayhem," which starred Stephen Yeun. It was violent, funny and definitely worth your time. Unfortunately, his follow up "Point Blank" (now on Netflix) has none of the style, charm or purpose, and is instead mayhem for mayhem's sake.
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Anthony Mackie plays an ER nurse who gets tangled up in some sort of criminal underworld, and finds himself on the run with a criminal (Frank Grillo). Mackie's wife (Teyonah Parris) is pregnant and somehow is taken captive, and hot on the trail are two detectives (Marcia Gay Harden and Boris McGiver) that may or may not have their own agenda.
If it sounds like the plot of any other throw-away action flick, that's because it is. The dialogue is stunted, the action mediocre, and while it's a sharp 86-minutes, it doesn't quite make us care about any of the characters. Anthony Mackie has been better than this, and the Avenger star (he plays Falcon in the MCU) has a bright future, but this dud shoots blanks from the beginning.
"Point Blank" has no point, and this one is as blank as they come.
Genre: Action, Thriller.
Run Time: 1 hour 26 minutes.
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Marcia Gay Harden, Boris McGiver, Teyonah Parris.
Directed by Joe Lynch ("Mayhem," "Everly," "Knights of Badassdom").
"Point Blank" is available on Netflix as of Friday, July 12th, 2019.
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