If you’re a fan of ‘Jackass’ (even if you don’t want to admit that in public), you’re going to find a whole lot of stuff to enjoy in ‘Action Point’ – and a whole lot of stuff you probably won’t.
I mean, ‘family friendly’? Really?? Did someone tucked somewhere within this gonzo brain trust actually think that for an operation born from staging such dangerous shenanigans as penis-breaking motorcycle tricks to the “poo-cano” (yes, it was a thing), suddenly serving up something that most ages could enjoy is what their target audience was requesting??
Guess so. ‘Cause here comes ‘Action Point’.
On second thought, perhaps family friendly isn’t an overly fair label to slap on ‘Action Point’; while the painful slapstick is considerably toned down here, there ARE a lot of potential concussions to be had. And a crotch loving squirrel. And an alcoholic bear. And…..aw the heck with it, just leave the kids at home, okay??
This isn’t the first experiment from some of Jackass’ more familiar faces to mesh fiction with legit stunts; ‘Bad Grandpa’ attempted much the same. But the overly playful hook with that film was that it included a heap of fall-down-moments in the midst of actual, unsuspecting people. ‘Action Point’ is entirely staged, and attempts to fill some plot into the few moments when star Johnny Knoxville isn’t putting his body at risk. And the results are….well…..not as spectacular as images of Johnny falling off something. Or having something projected AT him. Or him being projected INTO something. Or……well, yeah, it pretty much goes on and on.
The set-up, based on a true story if you can believe it, is honestly a decent one. A playful senior (Knoxville, pancaked up in a just-get-it-done manner to sort of pass as an old man….sorry team, the best makeup Oscar is likely going elsewhere) tells his granddaughter the story of his shining moment, owner/manager of Action Point, a rundown amusement park riddled with so many malfunctions, the entire facility is wrapped in duct tape and dust. Constantly armed with a can of Schlitz and twisted ideas, Knoxville dodges bankruptcy and takes on a flashy competitor by making the park more dangerous than ever, which….surprise, surprise….only makes it more attractive to those crazy 70’s teens, thirsty for adrenaline.
‘Action Point’ is at its best when it’s in full-blown ‘Jackass’ mode, i.e. crazy stuff, and plenty of it. Whenever it veers away from the physical numbskull routine and tries to explore the fractured relationship between Knoxville and his daughter – good intentions, yes, but a move no one buying a ticket for this flick wants – it fails. Big time.
I think the tag line for ‘Action Point’ sums the results better than I ever could.
Real messed up.