Day 163 & Day 164 – Action Point and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

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Movie Title: Action Point

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 25 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Mike and Justin

Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA

Review:

Action Point stars Johnny Knoxville in a return to Jackass-like escapades. D.C. (Johnny Knoxville) is an old man telling a story about his middle aged escapades running Action Point amusement park. Action Point was an incredibly cheap, poorly designed amusement park, held together by duct tape. It is based on the entity of the same name in New Jersey (which is a fascinating story on its own) but is for some reason based in Los Angeles. There is too much frame narrative and too little sketch comedy. The parts with old D.C. are pretty boring and the large portion of the movie focusing on D.C.’s parenting is lackluster.

The movie shines when it comes to the stunts at the park. My personal favorite was an alcoholic bear that has an affinity for Schlitz. There is a colorful cast that works at the park, but they aren’t developed very well. Instead they are used as props for the stunts. The stunts aren’t as extremely ridiculous as Jackass, but they are funny. Chris Pontius also appears and basically plays himself. He serves as the sole bright spot outside of Johnny Knoxville. Because the park is so dangerous a lawyer named Knoblach (Dan Bakkedahl) works a scheme to try and swindle D.C. out of the park and sell it to their newest rival 7 Parks. This all joyously backfires.

Verdict:

Nothing about Action Point stands out as particularly noteworthy or even well put together. But, it has charms that are greater than the sum of its parts. It is especially good if you are looking for some nostalgia. Take it or leave it, but I’d recommend it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)

 

Movie Title: Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End stars Henry Rollins as former Marine and current reality TV show host Dale Murphy. Murphy is hosting a show called Ultimate Survivalist: Apocalypse where a group of divas are dropped into the woods to try and survive a simulated apocalypse. The grand prize is $100,000 dollars. The contestants along with the show’s producer are all degenerates.

Every element of the show is scripted from a reality TV show perspective. The violence is extremely over the top. This is foreshadowed early on when a contestant is cut in two with an axe. Henry Rollins made this movie when he was still ripped and his action scenes are over the top and exciting. The other characters are annoying and their dialogue is stale, but the story is much better than the original by virtue of it being ridiculous and taking every conceivable liberty with decency.

Verdict:

It is a sequel that is vastly superior to the original and the first is definitely not required viewing. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)

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