Recently, this column reviewed "Point Break" and "Speed," which are action films of the early 1990s. These are two of many great action movies from that era. If you are in the mood for a female action heroine from the 1990s, a good choice is "Point of No Return," from 1993. Like "Point Break" and "Speed," this film is set in Southern California.
"Point of No Return" is an American remake of the 1991 French film "La Femme Nikita." It stars Bridget Fonda as Maggie, a young junkie who kills a policeman and is sentenced to death by lethal injection. After the ostensibly fatal injection, she wakes up in a room and meets Bob (played by Gabriel Byrne), a government agent who informs her that the execution was staged. Maggie has been given a second chance. She has the opportunity to train to be an assassin. Although reluctant at first, she does ultimately agree to it. When Maggie completes the arduous program that both teaches her to kill and how to wear the right accessories, she starts a new life and meets J.P. (played by Dermot Mulroney). They fall in love, but Maggie's job threatens their relationship.
"Point of No Return" is well-worth watching because it has a lot of action. One particularly good scene is when Maggie has to make her first hit at a restaurant. She does not know she will have to do this when she goes in. The scene closely follows the first hit in "La Femme Nikita." Both scenes work very well.
Bridget Fonda is perfect as Maggie. She is an interesting character who goes from being a street weary drug addict to being a polished lady and highly-skilled assassin.
"Point of No Return" is a good choice for those who want to see how filmmakers have positioned women in action heroine roles.