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Point Blank (1998)

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Convicted corporate criminal Howard engineers a prison break as he and a number of fellow inmates are being transferred to a new facility. The escapees storm a shopping mall and take a ... See full summary »

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Matt Earl Beesley

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James Bannon (screenplay) (as Jim Bannon), Chuck Konzelman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Schreyer Werner Schreyer ... Billy
Michael Wright ... Sonny
Danny Trejo ... Wallace
Paul Ben-Victor ... Howard
Kevin Gage ... Joe Ray
Robert Zachar ... Armani
James Gammon ... Dad
Mickey Rourke ... Rudy Ray
Nina Savelle Nina Savelle ... Tracey Deakin
Yolonda Williams ... Darla
Oliver Tull Oliver Tull ... Bathroom Security Guard
Gene Raye Price ... Woman in Pink (as Gene Ray Price)
Frederic Forrest ... Mac Bradford
Todd Gordon ... Hardwood
Melinda Renna ... Female Officer
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Storyline

Convicted corporate criminal Howard engineers a prison break as he and a number of fellow inmates are being transferred to a new facility. The escapees storm a shopping mall and take a group of shoppers hostage (after killing many more of them) before making their demands. Only Rudy, a former mercenary and brother of one of the fugitives, can take out the criminals before more of the hostages die. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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They're the most dangerous criminals in Texas. And they're seriously out of control.

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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A costo della vita See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

[last lines]
Mac Bradford: You never did tell me why you just walked in one day and laid down your badge and never did come back.
Rudy Ray: Didn't fell right.
Mac Bradford: Didn't... have anything to do with your brother Joe, did it?
Rudy Ray: It had a lot to do with my brother Joe.
Mac Bradford: Ya know, Rudy, you both ran the fast track. You got off, he just kept going. You done everything you could for him.
Rudy Ray: [tearfully] Maybe I could'a done more.
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I really wanted to like this movie...
2 January 2000 | by steve-545See all my reviews

I decided to roll the dice when renting POINT BLANK. My desire for a B-action film became unbearable and past experience proves that solid B-action films do exist in the direct to video market (e.g. Black Cat Run, The Guyver II: Dark Hero). Mickey Rourke is an established actor (YEAR OF THE DRAGON) who in the past years traded his legitimacy for a few inches on his bicep (I did enjoy DOUBLE TEAM however). But then the ripoffs within POINT BLANK became unbearable... Mickey Rourke plays an ex-military, ex-Texas Ranger now working for Pa who mentions to him one day that his brother is one of a group of convict escapees now holding an entire shopping mall hostage. Pa also mentions his brother's future is in his hands. An overriding theme of sentimentality plays well in the movie between the two brothers and even with some of the convicts revealing their human side. I also enjoyed the music played during these sequences. But that's about it... Paul Ben Victor (over)plays a gay ex-business man convicted of money laundering coming back to roost in his office underneath a mall, now stashed with military weaponry. Having masterminded the convict breakout, his motives conflict with the other convicts including Rourke's brother (who merely wants freedom and money....I think....the storyline gets a tad muddled here). With the ok from lead Tex Ranger in charge, Rourke makes his way into the mall and "pays homage" to many of the action movie greats of the 1990's: Martial arts by a non-martial artist, two gunmen shooting at each other between obstacles a la John Woo's Hard Boiled and Hard Target (but looking MUCH more clumsy), high floor mini gun without the dramatic punch of T2, and finally the most blatant artistic theft possibly EVER coming straight from Luc Besson's THE PROFESSIONAL (you've got to see it to believe it). Couple this with extremely sloppy editing and you've got yourself a film that maintains the reputation that direct to video films are of low quality. As an action hero, Mickey Rourke does have potential. He possesses a cool, calm bad ass quality reminiscint of an early MAN WITH NO NAME Clint. His physique compares to that of a Van Damme (of course without the grace or charisma). However, if he ever wants legitimacy as an action hero, a film of "grander" (not necessarily more expensive) proportions is needed.


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