Movie Review: ACTION POINT (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

ACTION POINT was directed by Tim Kirkby from a screenplay by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and stars Johnny Knoxville, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Johnny Pemberton, Susan Yeagley, Dan Bakkedahl and Chris Pontius.

D.C. (Johnny Knoxville) is the proud proprietor of Action Point, an out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun.  When a slimy developer schemes to shut down the park, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits must risk everything and pull out all the stops to save Action Point.  Packed with jaw-dropping gags and bone-crushing stunts, get ready to laugh ‘til it hurts.

The movie follows D.C., who revisits his glory days back in the 80’s when he ran Action Point, a run down, old  amusement park that was held together by duck tape and a prayer. He shares his exciting stories with his curious granddaughter and the viewer gets a front row seat through flashbacks. The story is about the final days that the park was open when his estranged daughter Boogie (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) came to stay with him that summer. What happens is, a much larger mega-park opens up in the same area and D.C. doesn’t have the cash flow to compete so he has to make up for the park’s shortcomings in other creative ways. With the help of this trusty crew of misfits, D.C. comes up with a plan to go out with a satisfying bang and get even with the corporate suits that’s trying to put him out of business.

The story about this grandfather sharing these fun stories with his granddaughter was okay but sadly it wasn’t the best part of the movie even though it was something a little new for Johnny Knoxville to tackle. The Jackass-style humor is still rude and crude even though the movie does have a little heart and soul to it. Knoxville puts on some makeup when he plays the older version of his character D.C. and I thought that looked pretty good. The only highlights of the movie were the well-choreographed stunts that the daredevil star put himself through and some of it looked really painful. I hate that Knoxville has to do this crazy stuff to himself to get a few laughs but that’s really all we get in Action Point – a few cheap laughs. At least Knoxville brought Chris Pontius (one of his Jackass buddies) along with him for this not-so-safe ride.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though Action Point was a bit of a departure for Johnny Knoxville because this movie had a bit of a family theme going for it but it was only an okay watch at best. Now, when I say this movie has a family theme, I mean Knoxville’s character has a daughter and granddaughter in it but that’s about it because there’s also plenty of adult humor, foul language and even a beer drinking grizzly bear. Knoxville’s old school fans are pretty much the only ones who’ll get any kind of entertainment value from this hardcore action-comedy that’s kind of a mixture of Meatballs and Jackass that’s all rolled into one mediocre watch. The highlights of the movie are the real stunts performed by Knoxville who once again puts his life on the line to get a few laughs but unfortunately the laughs are few and far between this time around. All in all, even though this movie isn’t as good as Bad Grandpa it’s still okay for a one time watch. Action Point is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital).

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio  7.1 / French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Audio 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese Dolby Audio 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include four behind-the-scenes and making of featurettes, nine deleted/extended scenes, a blooper reel and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Benny and the Sh*tbirds (07:22)
  • Anarchy in the Amusement Park (04:12)
  • Old School, Bone-Crunching Stunts (05:04)
  • Drinking Beer with Grizzly Bears (04:37)
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (12:13)
  • Bloopers (02:00)
  • Digital Copy

 

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