Monday, June 4, 2018

Movie Review: "Action Point" (2018)

Director: Tim Kirkby
Year: 2018
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

The owner of a small family-owned amusement park called Action Point is in danger of losing his business when a corporate theme park is built 30 minutes away. Desperate to save it, he turns it into a place without safety limits and rules to make it more exciting and fun.
"Who's shittin' down whose chimney now?" (Image Source)
How much longer can Johnny Knoxville sling himself through walls and knock himself unconscious before his body and brain break permanently? "Action Point" is directed by Tim Kirkby, who hasn't done much in the way of directing movies. He is mostly known as being a director for multiple television shows including "Grace and Frankie," "Fleabag," and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." The screenplay is written by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who have written movies like "Blades of Glory" and episodes of shows like "King of the Hill" and "Silicon Valley." It stars Johnny Knoxville as D.C., the one-time owner of a criminally unsafe amusement park run by drunk and stoned young adults. D.C. is now an old man. One afternoon while watching his granddaughter, he reminisces about the 'good old days' when he owned and operated the theme park Action Point. He tells her about the summer that a big corporate competitor came into town and tried to put him out of business.
"Sometimes I get my best ideas when I'm concussed." (Image Source)
What do you get when you combine summer-themed movies like "Adventure Land," "The To Do List," and "Hot Rod" with a sprinkling of "Jackass" stunts? You get a movie that feels like a half-assed version of any of the aforementioned titles, only the worst parts have been amplified, and any redeeming qualities are dead and gone. "Action Point" is worse than even the worst of those four titles. The story is thin and hollow as hell. It is very reminiscent of old 80's/early 90's movies like "Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo," "The Dirt Bike Kid," or "Ski Patrol" where misfit underdogs have to save a piece of property from a greedy land developer. That's basically what this movie is: a rehashed failure without any charm or kitsch. As for the "Jackass" portion of the film, all of the stunts are watered down and don't take any risks or do anything new. Most of this is because Johnny Knoxville is almost 50 years old. Instead of being hilarious when he goes flying off of a loop-de-loop slide, we found ourselves wondering if this was the final blow that would put him in a coma because of the inevitable C.T.E. he has acquired over the years. If you've seen the trailer for "Action Point," you've seen almost every stunt that made it into the movie. These stunts are limited to hard pratfalls where the actors fall off things, fall through things, or get thrown or pushed through things. There's nothing interesting or new here, it's just the same old tired crap we've seen 100 times before on any old "Jackass" episode or movie. The difference is, instead of having to wait for a flick like this to open in theaters, any person who wants to can go on YouTube or any other streaming site and watch people doing stupid shit for free without a wait time or any residual embarrassment from admitting they saw this movie in the theater.
"It's like one continuous trainwreck." (Image Source)
As you fine readers know, the goal of any comedy film is to make the audience laugh. We would be able to forgive this movie's thin story, its poorly developed characters, and its meaningless relationships if it were even slightly humorous. Unfortunately, it is not. Through the entire movie, BigJ managed to chuckle twice, while I was left so irritated, annoyed, and unsatisfied that I couldn't even muster up one pity chortle. In the end, "Action Point" is a slog of a movie that drudges its way through its extremely short 85-minute runtime with no laughs, no risks, no action, and no point. It is forgettable, empty, and sad, and it isn't worth your precious time or your precious money.

My Rating: 1/10
BigJ's Rating: 1.5/10
IMDB's Rating: ~5.2/10
RT Rating: ~19%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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