The Kill Point

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed drama with a political message.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

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 thro... Continue reading
Adult Written byraiderland29 April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

not reccomed for kids under 10

kids under 10 might have a proble with this
Teen, 13 years old Written bywolfbear87 April 9, 2008

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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