SYNOPSIS: Johnny Knoxville (star of Jackass) is D.C., 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 crew of misfits must 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!
Action Point harks back to Johnny Knoxville’s glory days in MTV’s Jackass but with the passing of time, the novelty of watching Knoxville getting himself badly injured or nearly killed just isn’t that funny anymore.
Instead of being a reality comedy liked Bad Grandpa or Jackass the Movie, Action Point does contain a decent story far more than Knoxville can handle. Knoxville plays DC, the owner of a dilapidated amusement park called “Action Point”. Run by a group of inexperienced, runaway teenagers, “Action Point” is a place with shady, dangerous facilities. When a far superior competitor named 7 Parks begins to steal their customers away and the landlord pressuring DC to sell away the land, DC must find a way to keep business going or face foreclosure.
At the same time, DC’s estranged teenage daughter, Boogie (Eleanor Worthington Cox) comes to visit from New York. But DC is too busy planning to keep his business going that he neglects the feelings and presence of Boogie.
On the surface, Action Point sounds liked a good opportunity to showcase Knoxville’s crazy painful stunts liked jumping off a tree to avoid a bear, catapulting himself to a barn, crashing himself to the ground and hurting his eye socket and stuff. Yet beneath all the outrageous pranks, there is a meaningful story about the tender relationship between a father-and-daughter and fighting against an evil corporate giant.
However, stunts and story don’t really seem to go hand in hand and the poorly received Action Point is a good example. It’s clearly designed to showcase Knoxville’s no rules, no brakes Jackass-style stunts but the half-baked plot seems to be more of a hurdle than anything else. Maybe it’s high time for Knoxville to do a final Jackass movie before he hits the big five-oh. Still if you missed Jackass, one of the original members of the series, Chris Pontius also has a role as DC’s wacky brother, Benny.
A 4K or bluray release might be a bit overkill for a title such as Action Point, the DVD is generally serviceable enough to showcase the less than exceptional picture quality and the Dolby Digital 5.1 is adequate in terms of delivering the music tracks and dialogue.
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Review by Linus Tee