Point Blank, a new Netflix thriller about an emergency room nurse who teams up with an injured murder suspect to save his pregnant wife isn’t a terrible film. Directed by Joe Lynch; starring Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, I admit to having a little more fun while watching Point Blank than I expected to.
In addition to the overall execution of the story being adequate enough for me to watch through to the very end, a key highlight was the comic relief courtesy of Markice Moore’s unexpected character; a gangster boss who just happens to have movie making aspirations. Also, seeing Marcia Gay Harden in a role we don’t often see women play and her doing a great job proved memorable.
Lastly, the onscreen chemistry between Mackie and Grillo is OK. It’s certainly not as ‘sizzling’ as that between Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal in End of Watch (2012); or Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2013’s2 Guns but those guys are really very special cases; I’m convinced of it.
Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Marcia Gay Harden and Teyonah Parris are the stars of new Joe Lynch directed action / thriller Point Blank.
In a race against time, rival criminals and renegade cops, an emergency room nurse (Mackie) must team up with an injured murder suspect in order to save his pregnant wife…
I’ll give this a chance because of Mackie, especially. Also Netflix movies seem to slowly be getting better.
I admit that there’s actually one specific point in this trailer that captured my imagination more than anything else – and that’s the gorgeous purple hue of Mackie’s outfit. You can see it from approximately 0:10 into the trailer.
Christian Cooke, Boris McGiver, Ming Wang, Carly Tamborski, Harrison Sheckler, Markice Moore and Lea Hutton Beasmore also star.
Written and directed by Paul Weitz, Grandma is a comedy/ drama that follows a troubled, no nonsense grandmother played by Lily Tomlin, as she tries to help her teenage granddaughter with a time-sensitive personal crisis.
Also starring Nat Wolff, Judy Greer, Julia Garner and Marcia Gay Harden, I enjoyed this movie as a well written and acted production. A lot of the humour comes from Tomlin’s troubled and acerbic grandma character plus the encounters she has with people. People including her family, strangers and friends.
By the end, I found myself thinking about whether the so-called ‘great mother / daughter relationship’ is actually a myth. My conclusion is that nothing is perfect. Families face challenging times together and they make a decision to reach a resolution or not. Some people face bigger challenges than others which can make resolutions less likely.
Watch Grandma because it’s a good movie, well paced and it will make you grateful for everyone that has ever been there for you in your time of great need, including those you didn’t even know you needed until you had them there.