Action Point (2018)

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A daredevil designs and operates his own theme park with his friends.


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8 June 2018 | Hellmant
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| I like Knoxville, Pontius and the other 'JACKASS' movies, but this film just isn't funny.
'ACTION POINT': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A 'JACKASS' comedy film starring Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius. The movie features the usual stunts and pranks, all connected by a story based on the notorious New Jersey theme park 'Action Park'. It was directed by Tim Kirkby, and it was written by Knoxville, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Derek Freda and Mike Judge. The film is a bomb at the Box Office, and it's gotten mostly negative reviews from critics too. I found it to be mostly a bore as well.

Through flashbacks told to his grandson, D.C. (Knoxville) explains how he once owned a successful New Jersey them park, called Action Park. The park was famous for having dangerous rides, ran by inexperienced delinquent teenagers. D.C. and his crew did everything they could to keep the park running, even when it faced stiff competition from a giant evil corporation theme park. In the process D.C. also bonded with his estranged teenage daughter Boogie (Eleanor Worthington-Cox).

I like Knoxville, Pontius and the other 'JACKASS' movies, but this film just isn't funny. I do appreciate it's attempt to recreate the 80's style youth theme park movies of yesteryear though, and in that way it is nostalgic. That's the only thing the film really has going for it though. Other than that it's just a bore, sadly. The other person in the theater I saw it at even walked out half way before the movie was over!

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Trivia

The film is loosely inspired on the now defunct Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey that first opened in 1979. The park was considered by many to be one of the most dangerous theme parks in the United States. At least six people were known to have died as a result of incidents that occurred within the original park. The park closed in 1996 and later reopened, under new ownership, as Mountain Creek. After yet another ownership change, the park briefly changed its name back to Action Park for the 2014 and 2015 seasons before reverting back to Mountain Creek in 2016, in order to disassociate itself from the former park's infamous reputation.


Quotes

D.C.: What a day! We ran out of beer, corn dogs, and toilet paper. In that order.


Goofs

The handbill Boogie shows D.C. shows The Clash playing Thursday 23 August, but they never played a concert on a 23rd August that fell on a Thursday (1979, the year of their first US tour, and 1984). They were supposed to play in Ohio at the Heatwave festival in 1980 on Saturday 23 August, but their appearance was cancelled. They played in Massachusetts from 20-24 August 1982. Their last US performance was in Seattle on 30 May 1984. The band parted ways in 1986.


Crazy Credits

Two dedications - one to Tim and Michelle Prier, the other to Johnny Knoxville's mother, Lemoyne Clapp - are seen at the end of the credits, followed by a small scene with the bear and the Bear Mascot (who is credited as Unknown).


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Hell Raiser
Written by
Eric P. Caspar (as Eric Caspar)
Courtesy of APM Music

Details

Release Date:

1 June 2018

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA, South Africa

Filming Locations

Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,390,164 3 June 2018

Gross USA:

$5,059,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,103,663

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