Well, if you think Netflix is currently ruling the industry when it comes to entertainment and more specifically, streaming, you are shorthanded by barely an inch: Netflix IS the industry. The streaming giant has significantly upped its number of originals in the past few months with atleast two new releases including original films or television series coming out every single week, sometimes even surpassing the number of movies you would see named on a billboard outside a theatre on Friday. It is tough to predict whether this upsizing is to be at the top of their content game or an effort at mere padding up its content before it loses a vast majority of it, most significantly Marvel, Disney, DC and WB films to Disney+ and HBO Max, respectively.
Whatever the reason, Netflix currently has the single largest library of online content, both original and borrowed, and the dual paradigm of such a magnanimity is what would lead to a by-product such as ‘Point Blank’. Remade from the 2010 French film of the same name, ‘Point Blank’ brings together Marvel co-stars Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo from opposite factions on the MCU, particularly the ‘Captain America’ films, to an unlikely buddy team up on the wrong side of law. While usually I reserve my final word and what I felt about the film till the end of the writeup, here I am just going to go ahead and divulge it earlier.
‘Point Blank’ is the perfect example of why too much of anything is not a good thing at all, even Netflix original films that aren’t masterpieces to begin with, ‘Roma’ being a fine exception among them. There are people who walk into a film venture with lowered expectations. I went in with none, and still came out pretty dang disappointed. This is not a film I would critically deconstruct to state everything that went wrong despite a promising start; however, if for some reason you too happened to chance upon this film that quite subtly stating, has mediocre written all over it, we can perhaps talk about it a little bit before this film gets pushed to the back of the Netflix library. Here is my take and a plot breakup of the latest Netflix original film that is too insipid even for background noise. Read on.
The film is quickly put into action with the very first frame as we hear gunshots inside the residence of later revealed to be an influential and honest Assistant DA, Joshua Gregory. Glass shatters and the first to emerge from a broken window of the house is a shot in the abdomen, injured and on the run Abraham Guavera (Frank Grillo) who is relentlessly pursued by two men from the house, who most definitely aren’t cops. That right there is your first giveaway into realising that everything is not as it seems. While on the run, Abe quickly calls his brother Mateo to extract him on wheels, but is unfortunately hit by a car at a junction, leading to Mateo fleeing the scene in reluctance.
Meanwhile, at the DA’s house, the Police team headed by Officers Regina Lewis and Masterson have investigated the crime scene and it is assumed that the murder was another one in a string of high-profile homicides, and that the perpetrator was shot by Joshua before succumbing to a point blank shot. This leads them to narrow down on their search, and it is not long enough before they discover Abe admitted in the hospital with a gunshot wound recorded after his accident.