Point of No Return (1993) Perhaps the first commercial American movie in which a female action hero gets to blow people away the same way male action heroes do: for… R Action/Adventure Drama Gabriel Byrne Bridget Fonda Anne Bancroft Miguel Ferrer Harvey Keitel Dermot Mulroney Michael Rapaport
Movie Review

Point of No Return (1993)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama; With: Gabriel Byrne and Bridget Fonda

Perhaps the first commercial American movie in which a female action hero gets to blow people away the same way male action heroes do: for the meaningless kinetic thrill of it all. A scrungy criminal, Maggie (Bridget Fonda), is reborn as a sleek government assassin. Who does she work for? The CIA — or, at least, a guy in black (Gabriel Byrne) who seems to be in the CIA. What are the consequences of her actions? We have no idea. Like La Femme Nikita, the 1991 French thriller on which it's based, Point of No Return is an exercise in violent punk chic, a series of empty nihilist gestures posing as a character study. At its best, though, the film is enjoyably preposterous, and Fonda helps breathe life into this lady gunslinger. You root for her, even if it feels like sympathy in a vacuum. B-

Originally posted Apr 09, 1993 Published in issue #165 Apr 09, 1993 Order article reprints