I recently caught a bit of this movie on TV while on a business trip and was instantly reminded of why I fell in love with this flick way back in the early 90s.
It is a spy-thriller movie with plenty of action and explosions ... but it is so much more. It is a love story ... a tortured love story.
The main character, Maggie (Bridget Fonda), is a wild - possibly homeless - untamed criminal. She is captured by the government, taken into witness protection and forced into training as a secret assasin. Pretty cool, right? Then comes Bob (Gabriel Byrne). Bob is her handler, he tames her, trains her, cares for her, nourtures her and yes ... he falls for her. He never says so, but she has to know it.
In the end, he sacrifices his feelings for her and sets her free. She is believed to be dead, but he knows otherwise and doesn't report it to his government agency. Instead he watches her walk away ... out of his life and into an uncertain future as a fugitive with no identity.
Byrne's preformance as Bob is so convincing. You can tell by the way he looks at Maggie that he would do anything for her. In the end he loves her so much that he does the only thing he knows how to do - he suffers the burden on his own so that she can choose whatever life she wants.
I always wondered if there would be a sequel. What would become of Bob and Maggie? Would they ever see each other again? How would Bob live with himself and the decision that he made? In the end, it's best that there is no sequel because it could never compare to the limitless endings that I have stored away in my simple little mind.
Did I mention this movie has an awesome soundtrack featuring several tracks by the soulful Nina Simone, who is promintently mentioned in the dialogue? Did I mention an awesome performance by the Great Harvey Keitel as "The Cleaner"? All worth the price of admission, true believers.
The Point of No Return is available on DVD, possibly on Blue Ray and sometimes offered for free OnDemand for Comcast subscribers. Call your local video rental store for details on this and other tortured romance titles.