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42 out of 59 people found the following review useful:
Well written, well plotted show, 26 July 2007
Author: galendev-1 from United States
I just finished watching the pilot myself. I couldn't help but think
how well done this was.
"The Nine" had a similar premise, but it fell flat of expectations. "The Kill Point," by contrast, was tautly suspenseful, was laden with brilliantly crafted characters, and brought the sublime talents of Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo to the forefront.
The writing made you actually feel for the characters, both "good" and "bad." Wahlberg and Leguizamo play off each other perfectly in a cat-and-mouse hostage game which, at least, kept me guessing as to how it was all going to play out.
Even the smaller details, like the cinematography and music, the colors used by the production designer, the little quirks of all the characters, make this story feel so real despite the implausibility of it all.
This is a show well worth watching, and I can't imagine not loving every moment of this truly intelligent miniseries. In the end, I wish more shows were done this well.
42 out of 61 people found the following review useful:
very cool show, gonna be a good miniseries!, 22 July 2007
Author: IceSkateUpHill from morris plains nj
ironically this and the negotiator were on the same night, both written
by the same writer and both kick ass, dialog between Donnie
and john is very cool sounding and enjoyable, also the action is pretty fun, kinda has a heat feel to it and point break but u really seem to get to know and understand the robbers and the police and feel for them i don't get the feeling of a generic back robber movie, maybe thats because this is a TV movie, and they can suck, but who knows they seem to have improved with TV (anyone catch burn notice THAT SHOW ROCKS) and action TV seems to be on a rise, thank god,so for good action and good characters watch this while its still on, for it is a limited series
19 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
The suspense is killing me!, 8 August 2007
Author: sicisneros from Texas, United States
My husband and I really like this program. We cannot wait for each episode to find out what happens next. The writing is better than a lot of TV shows today, the acting is good, and the suspense level is high. As an English teacher, I love that Wahlberg's character cannot stand poor grammar. The fact that the lead bank robber, Leguizamo, is a bank robber with a heart and feelings reminds me that this is only a TV show and not reality. Although the bank robbers are former solders who served in Iraq, I am sure they will be dealt with on a terrorist-type level. There are enough twists and turns to keep my interest and make me want to tune-in every week. Boo to the nay sayers! Keep it going.
19 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
Amateur-hour!!!, 24 May 2008
Author: carltonbanks-1 from Sweden
I had great hopes for this show. The idea, the plot and the action
depicted in the teasers, all seemed great, but the show was a great
....maybe not to all viewers, but anyone with ANY experience from military, security or law- enforcement will definitely be embarrassed to see this pathetic attempt at portraying soldiers and police.
The great lack of thoroughness in the production became evident in the first shoot-out outside the bank and continued through several embarrassing scenes throughout the season. I don't even know where to start! ...experienced soldiers and police shooting hundreds of bullets at close range without hitting anyone, SWAT-guys with all brand new equipment, who don't know how to move, hold a weapon, aim or fire. Even the female SWAT-commander has not been taught how to draw, hold or fire her glock. I could go on and on! ...and then there's the continuity-errors!
All in all: amateurish!!! I haven't seen so much bullshit action-acting since the so-called "special forces" in Die Hard 2!
9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
While it has its share of plot holes and flaws, the series is nonetheless entertaining and feels like an extended movie format more than simple television., 18 October 2007
Author: dmfaust from United States
By and large TV mini-series are horrible little things, plagued by low
production values and actors that barely qualify as B-list.
Occasionally you see a Stephen King story pop up that is told fairly
well, but other than that the field is sparse with anything of decent
quality. Because of this, the Kill Zone deserves special attention for
what it is - an extremely well produced piece of television that falls
more in line with a moderately low budget movie than the typical TV
mini-series you run into.
The acting is top notch, Leguizamo and Wahlberg(who looks exactly like Bruce Willis circa 1990 oddly) deliver performances worthy of any film and the rest of the cast who are primarily unknowns(except for an appearance by Wahlberg's Saw 2 nemesis, Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell) all fill their purpose more than adequately.
Unfortunately it does has its share of flaws, otherwise it wouldn't be stuck on a mediocre cable network as a mini series to begin with. Primarily there are a number of plot holes and quite a few issues of improbable occurrences(a massive fire fight between two heavily armed forces that results in the casualty of not one character central to the story for example), so basically the stuff you can typically lay at the foot of any action oriented movie, series, or other.
The basic story however is quite solid, and has multiple layers presented to keep it from just being some guys holding hostages in a bank for 8 hours straight. While some of these lines are never taken to their true potential(primarily Tobin Bell's involvement) in favor of keeping the focus on Leguizamo and Wahlberg's interaction, for the most part they serve their purpose.
All in all, you have to look at this series for what it is. A mini-series on Spike with a moderate budget at best. And for what it has going for it, it is damn good and a solid 8 hours of entertainment. And really, what more can we ask from our TVs? Not everything need be a masterpiece.
10 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
Boring and Unlogical, 30 December 2007
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Idea is great: War Veterans try to rob a bank and the think turns into a hostage situation. But after two or three interesting shows it turned dull. The bad starts with the hostages taking over the soldiers (5 civilian succeed in stealing trained soldiers there guns!!!) and then none of tehme has the guts to shoot! The second stupid scene is when the bad guys flee the bank into a subway tunnel, the police is in the tunnel within seconds, but they don't storm the (then empty) bank to check for the hostages, but leave the retreat free for the criminals! At the end the Sergeant wants to shoot himself, but gets executed by the negotiator, who actually wanted to save lives, stupid... What a waste of time it was to watch the show...
8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Caught me by surprise!!!!!!!!!, 22 August 2007
Author: ken_canada from Canada
What can I say, I never thought this cast could pull it off. I've tuned
into every episode and it keeps me wanting more every time.
I thought the plot was impossible at first but then as I watched, I realized what an excellent job they've done at making this show realistic and intense.
If you dislike this show, then obviously you have a different taste for drama. This show provides a twist to the bank heist shows/movies we've seen in the past.
John Leguizamo as a lead cast member is excellent. He's really captured the dramatic and intense nature of the character he portrays. Never thought he could do it!
As for Donnie Walhberg, well if you haven't noticed since this is a Lions Gate production, they do have they favourites they like to use. (Anyone notice jigsaw :-P) Anyhow I've become a fan of Donnie after seeing his performance in a few recent flicks. He's come a long way from the New Kids On The Block days!
Gotta love Lions Gate as they keep coming out with some unique products lately that the audience hasn't seen before!
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Promising Premise but terrible writing, 27 December 2011
Author: snafux7 from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I recently watched the whole series (8 episiodes) on Netflix because I
was home sick and needed something midless to watch. The Kill Point fit
the bill nicely but I had hoped for much more after watching the
opening episode. Basically it starts off pretty well, the opening
sequence is well done and feels like a good bank heist action movie
with an interesting premise (i.e. the bank robbers are all U.S.
Marines). But after the first two episodes it rapidly deteriorates into
crappy, lazy writing. There's not a single cliché or trope they don't
find a way to work into the plot, its really pathetic to watch.
Remember the chemistry between Dirty Harry Callahan and his Chief (the
whole hard-ass vs. the cop who does things by his own rules theme)? OK
well its been forty years and how many iterations have we seen of that
since? How bout the scene where the Feds come in and say 'were taking
control of this operation now', how many times have you seen that tired
old scene played out? So many times that its become a joke. This is the
kind of mess that the writing devolves into and it just gets worse as
the series progresses. Probably the stupidest thing about the show is
that we are expected to believe that these robbers are highly trained
Iraqi-war vets from an elite unit who despite firing off 1000s of
rounds throughout the course of the series are unable to kill anyone
but are systematically taken out by the Pittsburgh SWAT team and a
dumpy Donnie Wahlberg, the hostages are even able to disarm the robbers
at one point, it just becomes impossible to suspend one's disbelief.
So bottom line is that if you need to kill an afternoon on the couch fighting a bad cold and need some brain-dead programming to watch then this should be just what the doctor ordered, otherwise you can do much better. The first episode or two I'd give a 7 or 8 out of 10, after that, its all 2's and 3's at best.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Better than Expected, 5 September 2011
Author: right left from United States
"Kill Point" is a very, intense movie and worth the watch. I really don't expect TV Mini Series to be worth watching unless they're on Pay Cable or something, but I don't think this was on Pay TV, which means this should have "sucked". Anyway, this was a "nail-biting" suspense that delivered from start to finish. It was a very addicting watch, and I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was no ridiculous Character development, or far fetched scenes that stinks of lazy/ stupid writing. All the Characters were well written and behaved as if they were really in a hostage situation. This movie is good enough that after watching it, all the parties involved are seen in a new respectful, light. I also gained new respect for all the Actors in the movie. Donny Wahlberg who is pretty much dismissed as Mark Walhberg's, less talented, older Brother is actually fantastic. John Leguizamo was also very good as the Hostage Taker who has to manage an intense situation, and try to maintain his honor. Of course, it's not an Academy Awards acting job, but they were worth watching because this was a great movie, and I would recommend it to even the hardcore action/ suspense movie goers.
5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Undemanding but distracting fare even if it is stretched and not gripping or tight enough to make me totally buy into it all, 5 May 2008
Author: bob the moo
A quiet working day in the centre of Pittsburgh is momentarily
disrupted when a group of masked armed men walk into a bank and, with
ruthless efficiency rob it and leave within minutes. However a passing
cop, a security van and an FBI agent all come together at the wrong
moment for the gang and the result is a gun battle in the street.
Retreating back into the bank, the groups leader, Mr Wolf immediately
sets up a hostage situation and prepares to defend the bank. Outside,
Police negotiator Horst Cali learns that he is facing a group of Iraq
veterans and political pressure starts to mount on him and his working
This got a bit of a mention in The Times and Guardian and it made me decide to check it out. Although it was not brilliant, the show was short enough both in terms of running time of each episode (if you forward the adverts) and the overall season (eight episodes). To be honest the main thing that grabbed me about it was that it does seem to have been somewhat of an acting "busman's holiday" for a chunk of the cast of HBO's brilliant The Wire. Sadly the overriding thought in my head seeing so many of them together in one place was that it is genuinely unlikely any will ever have work that good again, but still it was nice to see them. On The Kill Point itself, the series throws the viewer right into the bank job and the first episode is pretty frantic. In the style of 24 it tries to keep this up and some episodes do really well on it, but it does have frequent and clunky dips in pace that frustrate.
These aside, it must also be said that the whole series is not quite a great example of how to maintain pace and deliver within a thriller. The themes surrounding Iraq are held up like billboards rather than woven into the story and characters and likewise some emotional content is ham-fisted in delivery and just serves to suck dramatic tension out of the series rather than increasing it by adding depth. That said it still functions at a level that the majority will find distracting, if never really gripping. The direction gives proceedings tension but somehow never nails "urgency" in the way that I wanted.
The cast back up the "solid but not special" feel that the whole thing has, with reasonable performances from reasonable actors. Leguizamo leads the cast well with the strongest performance and character, getting the conflict and urgency in his character. Wahlberg is nearly as good when given the material but his grammar pedantry is nonsense (his own dialogue is full of "less" instead of "fewer" and such) and it is a crass quirk that doesn't work. Davidson is satisfyingly unhinged and works well with Grillo's incredibly buff (and I say this as a straight guy) and charming performance. The Wire's Fitzpatrick and JD Williams are both good but don't have much to do the latter in particular quite hard to watch as he doesn't have a lot to get his teeth into in the way he did in The Wire. Although really this could be said of all of them but not in the same way. Hyatt has more time on screen than in The Wire (where she was Avon's sister) but she is not that good with it and she cannot get her character to work. Conversely Michael Williams seems to be unable to escape the wonderful character of Omar, although fan that I am, this is not a bad thing really. He has dialogue that could have been given to Omar (with a bit of tightening) but for the majority of the series he appears to be in his own show, totally detached in terms of plot and material from the rest of the goings-on! Enough "The Wire" chat though, I am conscious that I am already a bore on the subject, but the connection does add a novelty value to this show that it probably doesn't deserve. On its own terms, The Kill Point doesn't totally work but it has enough trash appeal to just about make it worth seeing if you want a couple of months of disposable distraction. It is far from being Dog Day Afternoon (although it has a touch of that), it lacks the urgency and pace of 24 (when it is good) and the writing lets it sag far too often for its own good but for the undemanding viewer it might just do the job.
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