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Genre: Thriller
Starring: Brian Austin Green, Melissa Keller, Kayla Ewell, Linden Ashby, Joe Manganiello, Nikki Novak, Kelly Walker and Ron Rogge
Director: Hayley Cloake
Rating: NC-16 (Some Nudity)
Year Made: 2008




- Serve It Up - Training for "Impact Point" Featurette
- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Preview



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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The only thing that Kelly Reyes (Keller) has ever thought about was playing beach volleyball. Until one day when a mysterious reporter named Holden (played by Brian Austin Green), comes into her life and strange events start to happen to her, as well as the people around her.

As Kelly becomes skeptical of Holden, she must maintain focus on what has always been essential to her and play beach volleyball at her highest level. Is she being paranoid, or is there something darker to this mystery man? This sexy and obsessive thriller will keep you hoping for more.


Big screen ideas have a way of being regurgitated for the small screen. And I have no qualms with it. The ride may not be new, but at least it should be entertaining.

Unfortunately, Impact Point is not one such movie. Drawing many parallels with what was arguably one of Tony Scott’s lacklustre efforts The Fan, Impact Point takes one lukewarm thriller and turns it even more tepid.

Much of this has to do with the script by Brett Merryman, who can add this into his list of forgettable direct to DVD releases, the likes of Bats: Human Harvest and Glass House 2. Though Impact Point counts as his third thriller so far, Merryman has so far revealed no talent for the genre.

Just like his previous two movies, this is an entirely pedestrian story right down to its heroine saves the day climax. Perhaps acknowledging the threadbare nature of the script, the already short 84-minute movie devotes an entire 10 minutes to the finals of the AVP Championship Game, which does little to advance the story.

To make things worse, the characters in Impact Point are just as forgettable, especially Brian Austin Green’s stalker. At least in The Fan, some attempt was made to explain the motivations behind Wesley Snipes’ down and out salesman turned obsessed fan. Unfortunately, Impact Point never allows its audiences to understand why Green’s character is so obsessed with Kelly. This is indeed the film’s largest missed opportunity- to probe deeper into celebrity obsessions and understand the psyche behind rabid fans.

With little challenge therefore, lead actor Green practically sleepwalks through the role. Better known for playing Derek Reese in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Green carries a sufficient amount of menace to look convincing in the role. But since the script gives little room for him to explore his character, Green is practically forced to carry one expression throughout the film.

The other actors fare no better. Melissa Keller, who plays probably the meatiest character Kelly, does look good in tight shorts and beachwear (which is her attire for more than half the movie) but her dramatic acting skills are severely limited especially in one hospital scene where her coach gets seriously injured. Her co-star Kayla Ewell in fact does a better job in the acting department, and with a longer list of credits to boot, it puzzles me why the producers did not cast Ewell in the lead role instead.

Perhaps the film’s only saving grace is its good production values (well, at least by direct to DVD movie standards). Taking advantage of the sunbathed setting, Impact Point does boast some nicely shot scenery and neat editing.
Ultimately however for a film with such a title, audiences will be expecting a little more action and much more suspense. Little impact, and no point, Impact Point fails to deliver.


There are two main featurettes included here. The first, “Serve It Up: Training for Impact Point” looks at how the film’s two stars, Melissa Keller and Kayla Ewell, new to the sport of beach volleyball, prepared themselves for their roles.

The second, “AVP: Pro Beach Volleyball Tour” is basically a plug for the 25th anniversary of the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) and an introduction to the sporting organisation which was first founded in 1983 by Leonard Armato.


Presented in five different languages, the film is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 for its English, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai language tracks and Dolby Surround for its French language track. The 5.1 channel track is best experienced during the volleyball game scenes in the movie.

The movie itself is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1). Overall, a great visual transfer that compliments the film’s golden sunbathed locales.



Review by Gabriel Chong


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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