"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."
Action, romance a winner
pebblepuppy | Missouri | 01/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bridget Fonda is outstanding in this role. Good mix of tense action and romance. I have recommended it to several friends and they all love it too. It's even better the 2nd time you watch it. It doesn't get stale. I also "love Nina"."
Another Blu Ray Hall-of-Shamer...
Mark Barry at Reckless Records, Lon | UK | 12/01/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"*** BLU RAY 2009 REVIEW ***
If ever a disc was a textbook example of how NOT to present BLU RAY, then "Point Of No Return" (called "The Assassin" in Europe) is it.
The print is awful almost the whole way through. There's blocking everywhere, blurriness and clearly no attempt to restore the film. Depressingly this release on BLU RAY only accentuates how badly filmed it was in the first place - in short its worse on this format than it was on DVD. It's not as bad as "The French Connection" or "2010" on BLU RAY (see reviews), but it's close. There are no extras either. Personally, I've always liked the movie, but I wanted a better copy of it - and this is NOT it.
This shoddy release only reconfirms the worst fears of movie fans - film companies are throwing any amount of crap at the BLU RAY wall at the moment to bolster up the sales numbers - and it's being done without any care being given to the release.
Even if you're a lover of the movie, hire it first before you buy - 20 minutes in and you'll be too disappointed to reach for the credit card...
"The Assassin/Point of No Return" on BLU RAY is a very real reason as to why Amazon reviews exist.
One to avoid I'm afraid."
R. Penola | NYC, NY United States | 03/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Good Action Drama
Mark Barry at Reckless Records, Lon | 10/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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!"