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Juncture (2007)

Soft-spoken Anna transforms herself into a ruthless vigilante bent on hunting down file criminals who have somehow eluded justice... until now.

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Kristine Blackport ...
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Bar Patron
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Honky Tonk Bartender (as Tom Doyle)
Diana Dresser ...
Dr. Shelby
Rod Elisha ...
Judge
Chris J. Ferrante ...
Marty Cox
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Jordan Hancock ...
Christopher
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John Hutton ...
Jonathan Lamont
Nadiya A. Jackson ...
Brenda
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Michael Reese
Jennifer E. Mabry ...
Donna
Michael McNeil ...
Martin Shaver
Kristen Nice ...
Johnathan Lamont's girlfriend
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Soft-spoken Anna transforms herself into a ruthless vigilante bent on hunting down file criminals who have somehow eluded justice... until now.

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Rated R for violence, language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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12 August 2008 (USA)  »

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First in a planned trilogy. See more »

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During their game of "Horse", when Jonathan Lamont rejoices that his shot was "nothing but net", Anna responds, "Actually, it hit the rim." In fact, his shot hit the backboard, not the rim. See more »

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Gun Dealer: [while selling Anna a gun] That's your third one this month. What are you doing, eating them?
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How To Love You
Performed by Ten Tiers
Written by Jonathan Tiersten (2006)
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Hack Director Meets Lame Script
2 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

John Huston once said that a good story should have "excitement, color, spectacle and humor, adventure, high drama, tragedy, good conversation, truth and irony". Although 2007's "Juncture" is missing most of these ingredients it does manage to put most of its tiny budget on the screen in a professional manner and should get high marks for the crew's hard work. But it is one of those sow's ears to silk purse things where you just can't do much with such a weak script (thankfully the writer has had no screen credits since).

This low budget action picture is basically a combination of "Death Wish" (1974) and "La Femme Nikita" (1990); with a sterile heroine both homicidal and irritable from a bad headache.

Kristine Blackport, in her first and only feature, plays Anna Carter, an executive who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. With three months to live she decides to check out with a bang by taking out criminals who have abused children and been inadequately punished by the judicial system. That old vigilante justice thing.

Blackport looks like Leighton Meester, which probably accounts for a lot of close-ups of her face and eyes. This is a good thing with Meester, because an "actress" is able to use close-ups to nonverbally convey things about her character and to connect with viewers. Unfortunately Blackport's skills are more on the order of Ali Larter (well maybe not quite that bad); with an emotional and sensuality range confined to a look of dull surprise and the occasional blink. A competent "acting for the camera" director could have helped, but James Seale appears to entirely lack that skill set. Like the writer, he too has been on the sidelines since directing this movie. Blackport fares much better on the DVD's behind the scenes featurette, where you begin to suspect that Seale's directing contributions add up to "less than zero".

So poor Blackport gamely plods around with little help from the likewise unskilled supporting cast as they cut back and forth between wide master shots and extreme closeups; without managing to create an identifiable point of view or a character with any sort of dimensionality.

The DVD release includes a filmmaker's commentary (gag), a behind the scenes featurette (excellent), deleted scenes, trailers, and Spanish subtitles. Given all this extra stuff it is extremely odd that they did not choose to include English subtitles. The audio is a not very good and Blackport's squeaky "Rocky the Flying Squirrel" voice is often inaudible. Maybe this was a way to add some dimensionality to the Anna Carter character, a viewer can mentally replace inaudible elements of lame dialogue with comments from Robert Shiller about the state of the economy.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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