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  • Loaded With Action
    Point of No Return is full of action and shoot-em-up scenes. Bridget Fonda stars as Maggie/Claudia, a troubled woman who has a serious drug problem. She and a group of thugs rob a local convenience store, and shoot everything and everyone up in the process. The police come, arrest Maggie, and sentence her to die by lethal injection. Unknown to her, a man named Bobby, from an elite covert operations bureau, has been watching Maggie. Maggie's execution and funeral are staged, and she joins the agency as a highly trained hit woman. She's given the fake name of Claudia, a fake birth certificate and passport, and sent ot California. There, she carries out her task of hunting down and disposing of undesireables. While she succeeds reasonably well, Maggie is realizing that she no longer cares for this part of her life, but she is powerless to escape, because the bureau would have her killed. To make matters worse, she has fallen in love and cannot tell her boyfriend about her past. Finally, she makes a deal with Bob to do one more job in exchange for his help of getting out of the bureau.

    Overall, I did enjoy this movie, but the plot was a little hard to believe, and I felt some of the acting performances were only average. I'm a big Bridget Fonda fan, but this is probably not her best movie. The action scenes make the movie worth watching, though....more info

  • Not a Bad Movie
    I think it is wrong to compare 'Point of No Return' to the original French film, 'Nikita'. After all, they are based in two different cultures at different times. That said, 'Point of No Return' is a very entertaining movie. Sure, it isn't a perfect film, but I don't know many that can not be criticized. Overall, it is a good movie. I agree with those who say that Nina Simone adds a lot of depth to the film. I first heard of her music through this film many years ago. What a gift?! That is worth watching the movie in itself. I would recommend this film to anyone....more info
  • Nina over Nikita
    European moveas are not alwasy better than American. The originals are not always better than the copies.
    And this film is exactly the case than American copy beats the French original.

    Here we have better main actress. Bridget plays her role with greater credibility and sex appeal than Anne Parillaud. As punk or glamour lady Bridget Fonda is just shining.

    You should not forget Gabriel Byrne as Bob and Harvey K. as the cleaner. This film have good actors in it.

    Oscar winner Hans Zimmer have composed wonderful soundtrack. Maybe one of the best in his career; melody which would stuck in your brain. Do not miss some of the best Nina Simone`s songs featuring in this film.

    Luc Besson, the author of the original, actually liked this copy. Bridget Fonda was last year a co-star in his movie.

    So just do not be such an arrogant pseudo critic and just watch the movie. You will enjoy it....more info

  • "return to the original"
    Since I am a fan of the French version, La Femme Nikita, I was really excited to see and share this film with my family. Do yourself a favor, get the original. Part of what made the original so great was Nikita's transformation from a dirty druggie, to a sexy yet vunerable spy/agent. Bridget Fonda is soo unbelievable in this role it's appalling. 1) There is something about her personality and character that you really can't believe that she has suffered a day in her life. So she is no good as a drug addict 2) While I can see that people might find Fonda pretty, she lacks the hard core sexiness and strength that's needed to portray a secret agent. So she fails on both counts. The whole movie was so plain vanilla, it was sad. It's like expecting to go to a five star restaurant and get a five star dessert..and instead, you get the diet sponge cake that tastes like cardboard....more info
  • Courtesy of Bridget and Nina...
    Although lacking in some respects compared to the French original (you end up hoping that Bridget as assassin will pulverize her whimpering boyfriend with one of those big, big machine guns), Bridget Fonda as the star and Nina Simone with the soulful soundtrack give this movie the edge over La femme Nikita in at least two important departments. Bridget's performance here amazes me every time I see it--simultaneously believable as a feverishly trained assassin and a tragic hero so cute you just want to reach out and pinch her cheeks. But the highest marks go to the soundtrack. The writers of the adaptation wove in Nina Simone as a motif throughout the movie, well-complemented by 5 Nina songs, including "Feeling Good" and a cover of "Here Comes the Sun" tracked to the "relationship" scenes that /ALMOST/ make you forget how much you'd like Bridget to terminate her relationship with extreme prejudice..... Provides soulful reflection absent from the French original, and worth watching more than a few times for that reason alone. Pretentious naysayers say this remake has gone through the Hollywood ringer, but it's an A+ action-flick-plus-morality-tale spun before Quentin Tarantino made it socially acceptable for PBS-watchers to admit they like 'em. Give it a chance....more info
  • Point of No Return
    One of my favorite films - will watch again and again. And Dermot Mulroney, I never tire of!...more info
  • Never Underestimate Women
    I think Bridget Fonda does a really good job in this remake of the French movie, "La Femme Nikita". She's very believable in the action scenes and Gabriel Byrne & Harvey Keitel are always great in any movie. I loved seeing Anne Bancroft - she was, as always, superb! The best thing about this movie for me was introducing me to Nina Simone! I had never heard of her before, but when I heard her music (Bridget's character listened to her on her headphones) I had to hear more - I just love Nina's music! Some say the American remakes of foreign films never live up to the original, but I believe this one's worth watching - especially if you've thought women can't handle the tough jobs as well as men....more info
  • GUILTY PLEASURE
    Yes, La Femme Nikita is the real classic. But after repeated viewings on cable, this movie sneaks up on you. For all of its commercial hype and fake glamour, there are guilty pleasures throughout, not the least of which is the emotional core of the relationship between Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne. Dermot Mulroney is also winning in his underwritten role. The wild premise survives the remake, because it is just so compelling and dramatic, and Anne Bancroft steals every scene she appears in. Give it a try, on its own terms....more info
  • An Old Favorite
    An old favorite just got better now that it's on Blu Ray. Excellent picture and sound quality for a movie that's more than 10 years old....more info
  • Get the original and enjoiy
    The french original has vastly more style and presence than this remake. Fonda, who does a very nice job in "Kiss of the Dragon", carries neither the street threat of the "before" or the conflicted calculating assasin of the "after". A copy in the worst sense....more info
  • Good Action Drama
    I liked this movie. Fonda does a good job of portraying the drug addict/murderer, Nikita, who is sentenced to death for killing a police officer. She is 'saved' from her death sentence at the last minute by an ultra-covert government agency that allows her to live if she agrees to become an assassin/agent for the agency. To be useful to the agency, Nikita has to be 'civilized' so that she can pass as a normal person in society. She spends a year at the agency's camp, learning how to be a 'lady' and also learning the skills of an assassin. When Fonda's character is finally released into the real world, she meets a man and falls in love with him. Fonda's character IS transformed (by the agency and by love) -- but in the process of becoming 'civilized', she develops a conscience and finds herself less and less able to do the nasty work that the agency demands of her.
    I think that all of the actors do a credible job in this film. Gabriel Byrne, as Fonda's control agent, is a perfect combination of cruelty and kindness. Fonda is great -- her character has to have an 'edge' but at the same time, she has to show the growing vulnerability of the 'civilized' Nikita. She makes the character believeable.
    And as another reviewer said, the Nina Simone soundtrack adds alot to this film.
    In conclusion, you will be entertained by this movie. And by the end, despite the main character's despicable behavior at the opening of the story, you are rooting for her and hoping that she will find a way to escape the agency and to live a normal life.
    Watch this movie -- you won't regret it!...more info
  • AMERICAN LE FEMME NIKYTA
    A remake of Le Femme Nikyta, true, but nobody makes movies better than Americans. This version is much less depressing than the French version although the original had a much harder edge to it. I would recommend watching both films because they both have merit. For true disappointment watch the cheesy TV series. Bridget Fonda was a natural for this part and I think was actually one of her better roles. If they were to remake this film once again I think I would use Michelle Rodriqez who will playing in SWAT....more info
  • A quest for sanctuary
    Maggie (Bridget Fonda) is a drug-addicted street punk who is hurting. Maggie and her friends try to solve their problems by robbing a pharmacy. Maggie commits murder during the robbery -- she is convicted, imprisoned and executed by lethal injection. Maggie awakens in an obscure Federal facility, learns that her father attended her burial, and learns that she has a choice -- Maggie can become a (disposable) Federal agent/assassin, or die. Maggie submits and is trained in weaponry, hand-to-hand combat and table manners. Maggie survives her training and becomes a Federal agent/assassin, but Maggie's missions tear her life apart ... Maggie again seeks sanctuary.

    "Point Of No Return" is an American version (almost a copy) of French director Luc Besson's film "La Femme Nikita". Bridget Fonda is the best aspect of "Point Of No Return" -- post-transformation Maggie is a very elegant young American woman and Bridget Fonda plays the part well. But French director Luc Besson's film "La Femme Nikita" is superior to "Point Of No Return" -- director John Badham did *not* effectively utilize the Venice California setting. "Point Of No Return", in turn, is superior to the television series "La Femme Nikita", whose entire cast became increasingly mechanical (demoralized?) as the television series progressed.

    The Armed Forces labor to instill esprit de corps and comradeship among their members -- 'We are strongest as a team and nobody gets left behind.' The two films and the television series discussed here share ***a common weakness***: Can a threatening organization expect quality performance from its agents? Continuous internal threats weaken agents' morale. And when trouble strikes, threatened agents cannot run to the threatening organization -- why should they fight, and where should they seek sanctuary?...more info

  • There is a point.
    This is not a five-star film. It may not even be as good as the French original. But that's not to say that it's bad.

    I very much enjoyed watching Bridget Fonda's portrayal of "Maggie for Margaret". She took the role given her and gave a good performance. I found her straight-faced tackling of the sometimes cartoonish script quite engaging.

    Gabriel Byrne fans already know his performances, and this one will not disappoint.

    Harvey Keitel's Cleaner was, while being one of the more cartoonish characters, a pleasure to watch as well.

    Also, don't forget Miguel Ferrer, who can currently be seen in television's "Crossing Jordan". His small role in this film is played to perfection.

    By far, however, the best acting comes from Anne Bancroft. When I decided to review this film, I was going to title my review, "I Never Did Mind About the Little Things" after one of her more memorable lines, but someone beat me to it. Seeing her growl (literally, I'm not joking) at Maggie in one of their training sessions is a true delight.

    I like Art House films as much as anyone, but this is not one of them. This is what it is, a Hollywood action movie with a sense of humor about itself. It is not High Art, nor does it aspire to be. With that in mind, give it a shot. If viewed with an open mind, there is fun to be had here....more info

  • Why waste your time with a lousy remake?
    I went to see this movie without realizing it was a remake of Nikita. Poor me! The original captured French cynicism, class and style, and was pretty gripping. Take away these elements, and nothing remains. The movie moves along in a tired, uninspired way, the actors are unconvincing at best....more info
  • Hollywood, you've done it again
    Another horrid remake from our friends in Hollywood. Why anyone would try to re-make a perfect movie casting a Fonda is beyond me. It was destined for disaster before it even began. Please, if you want to see a wonderful action adventure, do yourself a favor and see "La Femme Nikita". Don't waste your time or money with "Point of No Return"--it's a sickening commentary on what Hollywood thinks they can get away with in a sad attempt for profit....more info
  • Good Action Drama
    I liked this movie. Fonda does a good job of portraying the drug addict/murderer, Nikita, who is sentenced to death for killing a police officer. She is 'saved' from her death sentence at the last minute by an ultra-covert government agency that allows her to live if she agrees to become an assassin/agent for the agency. To be useful to the agency, Nikita has to be 'civilized' so that she can pass as a normal person in society. She spends a year at the agency's camp, learning how to be a 'lady' and also learning the skills of an assassin. When Fonda's character is finally released into the real world, she meets a man and falls in love with him. Fonda's character IS transformed (by the agency and by love) -- but in the process of becoming 'civilized', she develops a conscience and finds herself less and less able to do the nasty work that the agency demands of her.
    I think that all of the actors do a credible job in this film. Gabriel Byrne, as Fonda's control agent, is a perfect combination of cruelty and kindness. Fonda is great -- her character has to have an 'edge' but at the same time, she has to show the growing vulnerability of the 'civilized' Nikita. She makes the character believeable.
    And as another reviewer said, the Nina Simone soundtrack adds alot to this film.
    In conclusion, you will be entertained by this movie. And by the end, despite the main character's despicable behavior at the opening of the story, you are rooting for her and hoping that she will find a way to escape the agency and to live a normal life.
    Watch this movie -- you won't regret it!...more info
  • Lots of action with good acting. Keeps you interested.
    Bridget Fonda did an outstanding job as Nina in this movie. Action throughout with a bit of romance thrown in. You certainly don't know what will happen next and it will keep you in suspense. Good Blu-Ray quality....more info
  • not good, not bad, just blah
    This movie isn't horrible. It's just such an unbelievably watered down, sterile carbon copy of the original that it really has no true soul, good or bad. If this 'remake' decided to go in a different direction, but failed, I would at least give it some credit for trying something new. Not the case here, as this movie tries to duplicate every detail, but ultimately comes up short in every aspect. It's the cinematic equivalent of karaoke.

    There are too many flaws in this movie to name, but the biggest discrepancy (at least for me) was the difference between Bridget and the original chick. The original actress had the sexiness, pizazz, and athleticism to carry the character; she was believable (as well as unbelievable!!) It would take the largest suspension-of-disbelief quotient known to man to think Bridget Fonda could actually kick somebody's butt or perform any of the stunts in the movie.

    If you have any self-respect as a movie-person, get the original. The subtitles actually are pretty meager, so don't worry. If you are too lazy to read subtitles, I suggest typing "Barney and Friends" into Amazon's search engine....more info

  • DIFFERENT
    I LOVED this movie!

    It is an unusual plot with excellent acting, cinematography, and sound.

    If you want very realistic, non stop action with a different twist,
    and emotions that span the gamut, TRY this one out. I can't imagine
    how you could be disappointed.

    This DVD will be one of my keepsakes. (Also, Bridget Fonda turns me on!)

    Rating: 10/10 5/5

    Bill Schaefer
    Berwyn, PA.

    ephraim@chesco.com...more info

  • What was Harvey Keitel thinking?
    La Femme Nikita La Femme Nikita La Femme Nikita This re-make only goes to prove Hollywood thinks its American audiences are a bunch of morons who won't read subtitles. See La Femme Nikita instead. Anne Parillaud (french version)makes a convincing and sophisticated natural born killer while Bridget Fonda looks like a doe trapped in someone's headlights....more info
  • Saggy remake
    It's a universal movie law that good movies should never, ever be remade, certainly not revamped to fit Hollywood tastes. "Point of No Return" violates both those laws with this mind-numbing remake and revamp of Luc Besson's stylish action flick "La Femme Nikita."

    She's a violent, savage, drug-addled thief, and during a break-in she coldly shoots a cop through the head. But Maggie Hayward is given another chance. After supposedly dying by lethal injection, she wakes up in a secret government compound and is offered a choice by secret agent Bob (Gabriel Byrne) : Die for real, or be trained as an assassin. She reluctantly chooses the latter, and after many months of rebellion becomes a killer with style and sophistication.

    She enters a new life in California and moves in with a naive photographer (Dermot Mulroney). For awhile, it seems like Maggie has a new life -- until she is called out to bomb a building. After that, she realizes that she really has changed, and wants out. Bob promises to help if she does one last mission, impersonating a billionaire's spoiled girlfriend. But there is only one way out of the organization -- being killed herself.

    "Point of No Return" is sort of "A Day in the Life of a Bond Girl." The concept of the street-thug-turned-spy is an intriguing one, but it degenerates about five minutes in. The direction is lackluster, the acting is dull, and the plot is improbable. (I wonder why nobody has noticed all the exploding hotels and high-profile "disappearances" that the government has caused...)

    Direction is fairly bad; the film moves with remarkable sluggishness, with only intermittent action. There is only one real gun battle, and that is ruined because it's such a silly piece of work. The slow-motion and odd angles seem calculated to make it look cool, but the overall feeling is that they just wanted to show Fonda bounding and diving around in sexy outfits.

    Maggie is presented as such a psychotic wreck at the beginning that her sudden transformation into a sophisticated, trustworthy spy seems fake. Even faker is her sudden unwillingness to kill criminals, when she tried to batter everyone else. It doesn't help that Fonda lacks the solidarity and strength to make such a role work; she just smirks, leers and tears up. Byrne has more dimension as Bob, but he's underused. Mulroney was mildly annoying as the pleasant but nosy boyfriend.

    If you're simply looking for a girl-with-big-gun movie, this will fill the bill. But if you're looking for a good action thriller, keep looking for something better....more info