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Action Point Blu-ray Review

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“Action Point” fails to deliver laughs.

Based on the now defunct theme park Action Park in NJ, “Action Point” begins with an older D.C. Telling his grandchild the story of how he used to run an amusement park called Action Point. In this time period, we see D.C. struggling to run the infamously dangerous and unsafe park amidst money woes and lawsuits. While all of this is going on, he’s also trying to connect with his teen daughter Boogie who is visiting for the summer.

As a fan of the “Jackass” franchise, I was hoping “Action Point” would be something along those lines. While star Johnny Knoxville does put himself in harm’s way with real crazy stunts (which I’ll get to in a bit), this movie is in no way shape or form anywhere near the quality of the “Jackass” films. Instead, it’s a one-joke movie filled with unfunny jokes, tired bathroom humor, groan worthy visual gags with animals, underutilized characters (namely the employees of Action Point), and a father-daughter story that lacks emotion. The sad thing is there was a real opportunity here to dig into the notion of this being a bygone era, but it’s barely touched upon really.

On the plus side, it is nice to see Johnny Knoxville and “Jackass” alumni Chris Pontius again even if the material around them falls flat. Once again, Knoxville does manage to do some real crazy stunts (most of which have been featured in the ads) which are easily the most noteworthy thing about the film. Heck, the movie was often marketed on that fact alone! Unfortunately, the stunts can’t make this movie any more watchable. Perhaps it’s time for another “Jackass” or “Bad Grandpa” esque movie instead?

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? One thing is for certain, this is a handsomely shot film and it looks spectacular on Blu-ray.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A perfectly adequate 7.1 track.

Extras: * Digital copy * DVD copy * Paramount trailers * 9 deleted and extended scenes * 2 minutes of bloopers * “Drinking Beer With Grizzly Bears”- Stories from the set about the animals * “Old School, Bone-Crunching Stunts”- A featurette about the stuntwork in the film. * “Anarchy In The Amusement Park”- This extra covers the rides in the film. * “Benny And The S***birds” revolves around the ensemble of characters and the actors that play them.

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August 28, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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