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Point Blank 1967

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Posted: Mon Mar 25 2013

British director John Boorman’s 1967 Hollywood debut (he was hired off the back of Dave Clark Five vehicle ‘Catch us if you Can’, amazingly) is a slippery beast. The story – from Donald E Westlake’s frequently adapted novel ‘The Hunter’ – is magnificently simple. Walker (Lee Marvin) wants revenge on the hoods who left him for dead, so he goes out and kills them, one by one. Marvin was never better, the ruthless personification of late ’60s bulldog cool, all snarling quips and sharp suits. And Angie Dickinson is equally magnificent as his squeeze Chris, simultaneously remote and needy, brittle and brash.

Boorman’s flashy direction hasn’t aged quite so well. His unashamedly Godardian smash-cuts and off-kilter angles add style and there are moments of breathtaking visual creativity, from the not-quite-freeze-frames over the opening credits to a series of confrontational close-ups when things turn violent. But at times, it feels a touch self-conscious – a box of directorial tricks employed to compensate for an occasional lack of real substance elsewhere.

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1967

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92 mins

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michael126b

For anyone with even an inkling of interest in the history of cinema this is a "must see". Not only is it a good story (with as many layers as you like to make of it), but it has cinematic techniques which even today's directors probably dare not use. Of course the CGI generation may find some of the special effects crude but these occur so rarely that they are easily ignored. And what would today's directors have done with the resources available to Boorman? A great deal less, I suspect. A "Life of Pi" enigma produced over 50 years ago! Suspense and mystery to match the best of Hitchcock! Gritty, realistic, but not excessive violence. If you miss it, you'll regret it.

michael126b

For anyone with even an inkling of interest in the history of cinema this is a "must see". Not only is it a good story (with as many layers as you like to make of it), but it has cinematic techniques which even today's directors probably dare not use. Of course the CGI generation may find some of the special effects crude but these occur so rarely that they are easily ignored. And what would today's directors have done with the resources available to Boorman? A great deal less, I suspect. A "Life of Pi" enigma produced over 50 years ago! Suspense and mystery to match the best of Hitchcock! Gritty, realistic, but not excessive violence. If you miss it, you'll regret it.