With his action comedy ACTION POINT Johnny Knoxville is back in his popular profession of stunt comedy. But the concept is now not only outdated, the makers no longer know what to do with the potential for anarchy. We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
DC (Johnny Knoxville) is the wacky owner of Action Point, a run-down and out-of-control theme park that excels at minimizing safety standards and maximizing fun factors. Just when DC’s daughter Boogie (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) comes to visit her father for the summer vacation, a mega theme park opens right next door, endangering the future of Action Point. In order to save both Action Point and the relationship with his daughter Boggie, DC and his crazy and rarely sober staff leave no stone unturned… They pull out all the stops and “stunts” and are not afraid to put everything on one card for more wild ones Trips in the realms of Action Point…
Movie explanation of the ending
The fact that ex-“Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville’s eyes popped out of their sockets while filming his new comedy “Action Point” is just one of various side notes that are more exciting than the film itself. The actor and stuntman is there In his 46 years, he has once again gone to the fullest and is essentially helping to ensure that the mix of tame family comedy and anarchic stunt fun, which is only released in very limited numbers in cinemas in this country, does not completely fail because of its ambitions. What’s particularly interesting is that based on Knoxville’s medical records, one would assume that “Action Point” would be the next “Jackass” spin-off after “Bad Grandpa”. Because as often and as diversely as Knoxville has injured itself, you also expect a corresponding number of breakneck stunts. But in the end you wonder how the broken hand, the torn meniscus and various concussions could actually have happened. “Action Point” is pretty far removed from the original stunt tirades of the “Jackass” boys and focuses primarily on its tepid father-daughter story. Every now and then the well-known anarcho vibes come through, but they are so rare and not even close to their crazy forms that “Action Point” is overall not just unfunny, but also really lame.
Johnny Knoxville in the film, ACTION POINT by Paramount Pictures
What’s particularly interesting is that the film’s premise is based on something like true events. Although it is not explicitly referred to, there really was an “action park” in Vernon, New Jersey, USA, which claimed at least six lives over the course of its 17-year existence, because the operators were more concerned about having fun for the guests , than observing the safety regulations. Today this park still exists. For two years now, with a new name and a new concept, they have been trying to polish up their image and make them forget their less than praiseworthy history. However, Johnny Knoxville’s film is likely to make things more difficult for those responsible for it, because the accidents he presents here in less than 80 minutes don’t necessarily speak for the park. It may sound paradoxical, but despite the above-average accident rate, “Action Point” is still far too harmless; In short: there are a lot of people, but not enough, for the film to function as a “Jackass” latecomer, and for a harmless family comedy, which the film pretends to be for a large part of the time, the breakneck maneuvers seem simple a touch too blatant. “Action Point” is therefore neither fish nor meat and is unlikely to satisfy one or the other type of audience, although the film would like to appeal to both.
One reason for this is probably that there are only a few members of the former “Jackass” combo behind “Action Point”. In addition to Johnny Knoxville as the main actor, screenwriter and producer, only his colleague Chris Pontius can be seen in a supporting role and behind the scenes Derek Freda continues to work as a producer. Director Tim Kirkby is primarily responsible for the film. And the most anarchic thing he has done so far was directing series like “Veep”. The fact that there were five people behind the script is almost unintentionally funny considering what the film delivers. True to the motto “Many cooks spoil the broth”, “Action Point” means you can see exactly how differently individual scenes were prepared, so that hardly a single writer could have been responsible for all of it. A narrative bracket around the main character DC (Johnny Knoxville with a pensioner mask, as we already know from “Bad Grandpa”) and his sick granddaughter spans the entire narrative in a largely down-to-earth way (probably the most disgusting foot in film history only appears once here). the “Jackass” urge for disgust humor). Otherwise, the flashbacks about DC’s time at the “Action Point” theme park alternate with a story about the rapprochement between father and daughter and the attempt to bring life back to the park with the help of a new concept. One of them goes something like: Get rid of the brakes! But anyone who hopes that this also applies to the film is unfortunately very much mistaken.
A lot happens in “Action Point”, but not enough.
Maybe it’s because the taboo-breaking things the “Jackass” boys used to break can now be found around the clock on the Internet. Maybe it’s because the main actor, Johnny Knoxville, at the age of 46, simply doesn’t want to take the big risks anymore. Perhaps the fact that “Jackass: Bad Grandpa” managed to bring an outdated concept into the present with precisely this mixture of amiable comedy and anarchic nonsense also plays a significant role. But even though Knoxville is allowed to walk around in his grandfather’s outfit again in “Action Point,” the staging balancing act between “amiable” and “nonsense” doesn’t work at all here. While the narratively relevant scenes take place in the foreground, the action often takes place casually in the background. This understatement is sometimes quite amusing, but it also affects those scenes in which the stunts are supposed to be the focus. At best, people slide down the water slide particularly quickly, a fat child falls from a tree onto a slide and breaks through the plastic, and Knoxville shoots his vehicle uncontrollably past the finish line on the summer toboggan run. It’s never really rough. By including a few animals (a squirrel is allowed to look for nuts in a man’s pants, a crocodile snaps and a bear gets out of control), the makers also try to use another stunt branch of the “Jackass” people, but all This is neither provocative, disgusting nor taboo-breaking.
Conclusion: “Action Point” just isn’t funny enough for a family comedy and there isn’t enough oomph behind the stunts for another “Jackass”-brand riot movie. You just have to take your hat off once again to Johnny Knoxville and his willingness to make sacrifices.
“Jackass” can be seen in selected USA cinemas from August 23rd.