Netflix has released the Point Blank trailer. Not to be confused with the excellent 1967 Lee Marvin movie, this Point Blank has Anthony Mackie playing an ER nurse whose pregnant wife is kidnapped by dirty cops. In order to save her, he has to free a career criminal (Frank Grillo) from the hospital and team up with him to take down the bad guys.
This isn’t Netflix’s first attempt at an action movie with name actors, and really, it’s more grist for the content mill. They’re hoping that rather than going out and seeing something like Stuber, you’ll stay home and see this mismatched buddy action film. And maybe you will. There’s nothing wrong with Mackie or Grillo as actors, but that being said, this looks pretty generic. And hey, sometimes a generic action movie is what you’re in the mood for, and I doubt Point Blank will make any serious demands on its audience. But watching this trailer, there’s no urgency to see this movie the day or weekend it comes out. It feels more like something that’s destined to sit in your list until you’re feeling bored on a weekend afternoon and looking to kill some time. And as far as Netflix is concerned, that’s totally fine as long as you’re watching something on their service.
Check out the Point Blank trailer below. The film hits Netflix on July 12th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Point Blank:
When his pregnant wife is kidnapped and held as collateral, Paul, an ER nurse, must team with the badly injured career criminal and murder suspect under his charge in order to save the lives of his wife and unborn child. Pitted against rival gangs and a deadly ring of corrupt cops, the unlikely duo find a way to survive together in the fight of their lives. A gritty, action-packed thriller starring Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo.