The Kill Point

 
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Action-packed drama with a political message.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of shades of gray here -- the show consistently raises questions about whether the bank robbers are bad people or good ones driven to do bad things.

Violence

Tons of gun battles with automatic weapons. Threats with guns, and occasional death by gunfire. Several bloody scenes, including a makeshift tracheotomy operation. One character has scars from war wounds all over his legs and torso.

Sex

Brief scenes of a couple getting undressed, presumably to have sex. Some sexual tension and use of sexuality to coerce people. Sexual banter. Several cleavage shots.

Language

Frequent profanity, with nothing bleeped. "S--t" and "ass" are common.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action drama revolves around a bank heist and hostage negotiations between cops and criminals. Both groups are heavily armed, and several gun battles occur (leading to several injuries and at least one gunshot death). In one particularly graphic scene, a man performs a makeshift tracheotomy on an injured woman with a pen, and lots of blood oozes around the wound. A couple sneaks into a closet to fool around and viewers see clothes coming off, including a brief close-up of the woman's bra; the camera also catches regular glimpses of other women's cleavage. Language is harsh for basic cable, including "s--t" and ass; sexual and scatological repartee also crops up.

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What's the story?

Focusing on the relationship between two men on opposite sides of the law, this action-packed drama hinges on the tension created when a bank heist goes wrong. John Leguizamo (whose voice, at least, is familiar to kids thanks to his work in the Ice Age movies) plays Mr. Wolf, a former U.S. soldier whose bitterness toward the government about how he was treated after returning from war has put him on a criminal path. As the head of a small team of bank robbers, he enters into negotiations with Horst Cali (Donnie Wahlberg). Cali is a smart, gritty hostage negotiator who bristles at authority and has his hands full with Wolf's band of military-trained robbers, who've earned some public sympathy.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

You might think an original series on Spike TV, a cable channel specifically targeted at men, would be packed full of guns, blood, breasts, cops, and maybe even soldiers. In the case of THE KILL POINT, you'd be right. With such a narrow focus, The Kill Point doesn't have much room to move. But the scenario does offer plenty of opportunity for gun battles, tense standoffs, sexual banter, and hostages' attempts to outsmart the criminals.

Fans of thrillers and action flicks will enjoy the show's cinematic "look," as well as the fact that it tackles a topical political issue and that the cast includes some good character actors. But lots of violence makes The Kill Point best for mature teens and adults.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the end justifying the means. What does that phrase mean? Is it ever OK to kill or steal? In the face of injustice, when all legal means for resolution have failed, what options do people have? Do you think this series presents a realistic picture of how a hostage negotiation might work? Situations like this are often exaggerated in TV shows and movies -- why? Is the reality any less terrifying?

TV details

Cast:Donnie Wahlberg, Frank Grillo, John Leguizamo
Network:Spike
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byeffinyoo April 9, 2008
 

Great Message

The pilot was quick paced and moving. The message is loud and clear. I think that we need more movies with a political message. It creates conversation.
Adult Written byraiderland29 April 9, 2008
 
Adult Written byshadowcat April 9, 2008
 

On the edge of your seat wanting to find out what happens

I love the show. It keeps you right on the edge of your seat to find out what's next. I feel sorry for the robbers, especially Wolf. He's been through a lot. He really does care about the hostages, but at the same time, he knows what he has to do if necessary, so you really wonder if he would have killed the older gentleman. I saw relief in his face when he didn't have to. He seems very angry and upset at what has happened to his life now that he's served 15 years for his country and he feels betrayed. The negotiator is in a hard spot when he knows exactly what will happen. The other man in charge is an idot to have sent in the team, ending in someone being shot.

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