Point Blank

Point Blank

The Genres Of Summer.

John Boorman's Point Blank, the greatest of all color noirs, finally comes out on Warner DVD this summer. Boorman's classic mingling of Nouvelle Vague estheticism with genre movie existentialism still resonates. Lee Marvin's gnomic protagonist is bowdlerized in Layer Cake, but Jet Li's Unleashed underdog does Marvin's Walker proud. Besson extracted the melody from Boorman's cinematic symphony; he and Li keep faith with Boorman's understanding of the soulful yearning that exists within noir's violent confusion. Seeing Point Blank again, in a vivid new transfer, should rectify the past decade of neo-noir slovenliness. It's classic proof that style is substance.