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Hollow Point

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent vigilante revenge action movie; language, rape.

Movie NR 2019 89 minutes
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This is a clunky and extremely violent vigilante action fantasy movie. Hollow Point is a movie that paints a portrait of urban life as bleak and crime-filled as anything conveyed in 1970s vigilante action movies like Death Wish. The overarching themes aren't much different from Death Wish -- in this case, a college professor who speaks in platitudes and theoreticals about "an eye for an eye" and the sanctity of the American criminal justice system has these thoughts frayed then broken after his wife and daughter are senselessly murdered, and the killer gets away with it. As if that's not bad enough, Nolan, the college professor, is sent to prison after he tries to kill the killer (a dead-eyed psychotic mumbler played by Jay Mohr). And so the revenge fantasy is set into motion, with the expected vigilante justice that comes with it.

If it sounds ridiculous, that's because it is. The plot points come across as a little too convenient, and the fight scenes are a little too easy of a setup. Speaking of Death Wish (and its sequels), the bad guys in this movie are as cartoonishly evil as anything from the days of Charles Bronson taking on the dirty rotten punks who made our once-great cities a haven and a playground for any and all felons. And the less said about Luke Goss's American accent, the better. Essentially, this is a mindless revenge fantasy movie that's too dumb and predictable to provide anyone with any outlet for escape or satisfaction when the evildoers get their comeuppance.

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