Point Of No Return (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 1993.  Warner Bros., Art Linson Productions.  Screenplay by , ,based on the film La Femme Nikita by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The perfect way to examine the cultural differences between European and American cinema is by comparing this to its original, La Femme Nikita. Both start out with the tale of a messed-up runaway ( in this one) who is recruited by the government as an assassin, and both have her mix up her new perfectly streamlined life as a killer by falling in love (this time with dopey-faced ).  Where Nikita was a fascinating character study, Point Of No Return becomes an action movie in its last third that ups the big guns and bloody violence. It’s not a particularly bad film, but in comparison it’s not nearly as interesting. Fonda is great in the lead, and would have done even better had the film retained the original material’s substance. The films eventually became the basis for a long-running television show.

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