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The Hollow Point (2016)

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A new sheriff of a small town along the U.S. & Mexico border investigates a drug cartel deal that went horribly wrong.


Nils Lyew





Credited cast:
Patrick Wilson ... Wallace
Lynn Collins ... Marla
Ian McShane ... Leland
John Leguizamo ... Atticus
Jim Belushi ... Shep Diaz
Heather Beers ... Ellie
Michael Flynn ... Jesse
Nathan Stevens ... Clive Mercy
Derek Boone Derek Boone ... Samuel
David Fernandez Jr. ... Eugenio
David H. Stevens ... Ken Mercy (as David Stevens)
Yolanda Wood ... Lydia
Karli Hall ... Lilly
Craig Clyde ... Harry
Marlon V. Gaines Marlon V. Gaines ... Tow Truck Driver (as Marlon Gaines)


Across the Southwest United States, dozens of towns in the Mexican borders are being plagued by arms dealers who make a fortune by smuggling guns and ammunition to arm the cartels. Rumoured to be dead, Sheriff Wallace returns as the prodigal son to his hometown in Los Reyes County, Arizona, to replace Leland, the unapologetic, small-town man of the law after a routine check that went terribly wrong and forced him to retire. Soon enough, Wallace will get caught in the middle of a bloody inquiry trying to find out those who struck the profitable deal, while at the same time, a stash of blood-money and a kill list made by the relentless Atticus, the cartel's resilient hit man, threatens the town's peace. From now on, there will be no arresting anymore. Written by Nick Riganas

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A Brutally Entertaining Thriller! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 December 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man on Carrion Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Atlas Independent See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second film that Patrick Wilson has had to replace original lead actor Timothy Olyphant who also dropped out of Bone Tomahawk (2015). See more »


The opening intertitle card refers to "ammunition" and then in the next line says "millions of store bought bullets are now being smuggled into Mexico." Bullets are a component of an ammunition cartridge. For the remainder of the movie, all smuggling involves loaded cartridges. The correct term in the context of the title card would be "rounds," "cartridges," or "rounds of ammunition." Bullets is incorrect. See more »


Leland: You' re not an unfortunate man. You're an auspicious parasite, and I need you to tell me who's on the other side of that spook!
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"Nothing Arrived'
Performed by Villagers (as Villagers) (Live From Spotify London)
Written by Conor O'Brien
Licensed courtesy of Domino Recording and Publishing Company Ltd
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Violence by numbers
14 January 2017 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"The Hollow Point" is a movie that feels lazily and cynically assembled by a committee. It looks good, has some really violent moments, and some dependable stars. Who cares if it doesn't make sense, or you don't care about any of the characters?

It becomes clear early on that you don't need to make any investment into the characters not only because the movie doesn't adequately explain who they are or what they want, but also because you know they are going to get maimed and mutilated in some pretty gruesome and graphic ways, that only the special effects people seem to understand the repercussions of.

Case in point: early on, our hero, if that's who he is, is attacked by a madman wielding a machete, who hacks off one of his limbs. This is depicted every bit as violently as you might expect. Does he go into shock, pass out from blood loss, and die? Does he manage to get help, go to hospital, recover, learn to live without the limb, quit the police force, because I'm pretty sure a one-armed-man would be ineligible for service, and live out his days on disability?


He apparently drags himself to the house of his partner - if that's who he is - bleeds on the guy's walls, and waits politely until sun up.

When he finally goes to hospital, he asks wryly about the chance of the limb being found and reattached, to which the doctor or nurse makes an almost cruelly flippant response.

It's a grim-dark, bleak, nihilistic thriller, see?


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