With Spring characters coming to a close, we move on to The Summer Of 2018 starting with a comedy about an owner of an unsafe amusement park without safety rules, adult supervision & inexperienced employees lacking full responsibility, resulting in hazardous consequences. The Premise I’m referring to is from “Action Point.”
Loosely based on a now defunct real life amusement park named, “Action Park” located in New Jersey, Johnny Knoxville came up with an idea to star in a film about an amusement park with no rules after watching a short documentary called, “The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever.” Action Park was around from 1978 to 1996.
So far, Action Point has earned negative reactions from critics and slowly making revenue at the box office.
The following review contains SPOILERS. If you’ve haven’t seen this film, read at your own risk.
Yay & Nay Elements
Yay: Johnny Knoxville & Chris Pontius (Party Boy) both did a good job on their performances. This is the closest thing for a Jackass reunion between Johnny & Chris.
In addition to starring in a lead role, Johnny also co-wrote the story alongside Mike Judge.
The Stunts were creative such as a catapult, a water slide, I’ll give Johnny an Extra Point for enduring every single dangerous stunt without a stand-in. He’s use to doing something incredibly stupid.
Funny Moments managed to give me a chuckle other than certain stunts. For example, a non-C.G.I. bear was used along with other animals like a raccoon, deer and squirrel. In every movie or TV show, no animals were harmed in the making of this film or show.
By setting up the time period back when the actual park was around, the film is set in 1979. Same year Bam Margera was born.
A businessman has an unfortunate last name, he becomes the butt of a running gag as several characters mock his surname.
Prosthetic Makeup was applied to Johnny to resemble an elderly version of D.C. similar to his character Irving Zisman in The Jackass Trilogy & Bad Grandpa.
Nay: The film’s conflict is about a corporate businessman who wants to buy or demolish a business. This con often occurs in other films like Ernest Goes To Camp, Hey Arnold: The Movie, The Lorax, Ferngully etc.
Johnny Knoxville’s character D.C. has a daughter who is completely forgettable I don’t really remember her full name.
Besides D.C.’s daughter, the rest of the characters are not memorable other than Chris Pointus/Party Boy. I would assume that most of the cast were just stand-ins for the Jackass crew, because some of them went to rehab, (most notably Bam Margera) got married or spending time with their families.
When D.C.’s daughter is fed up with her dad, she goes out and drinks with D.C. fellow co-workers. I believe that the film accidentally switched into an episode of Degrassi. Kinda felt unnecessary to shift into an ABC Family/Freeform teen drama as in Shailene Woodley’s role in The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. What’s next going into The Fault In Our Stars territory by kissing your love interest who’s actually an onscreen brother/sister in Divergent?! That’s very messed up!
Relationship between D.C. & his daughter felt useless. Bad Grandpa worked by blending a narrative and pranks by shocking people who didn’t signed up as extras. Action Point however, fell flat on its face. If the film only worked for people who didn’t work as extras, their reactions would’ve made us hysterical, since witnesses are the people who represent how they feel in the middle of a predicament.
Party Boy earned himself an early girlfriend. I don’t know anything about her. In real life two people have to know each within a few days or weeks before they establish a relationship.
The Final Verdict: D, FOR DUNCE!
Action Point is an unfunny poorly executed ride lacking excitement, it’s as if you’re feeling trapped inside a seat with the handles stuck on your lap, you wished you’d never participated from the beginning. If I were you, I would definitely skip this movie. If you want to watch something that’ll make you soil your pants from laughter, go watch Deadpool 2, The Jackass Trilogy & Bad Grandpa. It won’t be long til’ Incredibles 2 comes out, just be extra patient.
I will continue to watch selective films during the course of The Summer Of 2018, whether they’ll be successful or just plain rubbish. We shall see my fellow movie goers.