I've seen a lot of stuff blow up this summer. Yet all of the most action-packed movies I've seen were medium-budget thrillers with great pacing. First "Source Code," then "Hanna" and now the French import "Point Blank."

I've seen a lot of stuff blow up this summer.

Yet all of the most action-packed movies I've seen were medium-budget thrillers with great pacing. First "Source Code," then "Hanna" and now the French import "Point Blank."

After Parisian nurse Samuel saves a criminal's life, his wife is kidnapped by thugs. Samuel's wild adventure to get her back involves double-crossed criminals, crooked cops and a lot of random violence.

If you liked "Taken," the ransom-and-revenge thriller that made Liam Neeson a badass, "Point Blank" is for you.

The pace is absolutely relentless. The camera work in the Parisian streets is superb. The action is of the sort that ludicrous moments are part of the fun.

And the whole thing clocks in at a drum-tight 84 minutes. Well worth the subtitles.