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New Netflix movie ‘Point Blank’ sneaks in a shout-out to Syracuse

Did you catch it? A new movie on Netflix features a shout-out to Syracuse.

“Point Blank,” directed by Syracuse University alumnus Joe Lynch, premiered on the streaming service Friday. The action thriller stars Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, who both appeared in two “Captain America” movies and “Avengers: Endgame,” as an ER nurse and the murder suspect he must team up with to save his pregnant wife while battling rival criminals and corrupt cops along the way.

About 26 minutes into the movie, the characters meet at a Cincinnati train station as a PA system announces: “Last call, the 11:05 for Syracuse is now boarding.”

The reference, snuck in between a chase scene and a cool fight in a car wash, serves as a brief nod to Lynch’s alma mater — and his wife’s hometown. The filmmaker met his wife Briana Mackay, a Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate whose family still lives in Central New York, while both attended SU.

This Netflix video still shows a reference to Syracuse in the streaming service's new movie Point Blank, directed by Syracuse University alumnus Joe Lynch.

This Netflix video still shows a reference to Syracuse in the streaming service’s new movie “Point Blank,” directed by Syracuse University alumnus Joe Lynch.

Lynch filmed two shorts while attending Syracuse University, “mAHARBA” and “hiBeams,” which earned him Filmmaker of the Year honors in 1999 in The Long Island Voice. He graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in visual and performing arts, and credits his time at SU with cultivating his interest in acting, writing and directing.

“Since I was already shooting short films and developing

Article source: https://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/2019/07/new-netflix-movie-point-blank-sneaks-in-a-shout-out-to-syracuse.html

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