With an experienced cast including William Forsythe and Fred Williamson, Check Point had the makings of a cool independent action film. Wrestler Bill Goldberg, who incidentally is back in WWE is the lead in Check Point. Goldberg's character TJ is searching out a cell of some sort of homegrown terrorism. The main issue is Goldberg just does not have the acting chops nor the semse of urgency that is required, in this film. Goldberg rides in town on a cruiser bike, he is not riding angry nor is he riding dirty, Goldberg is just riding!
Check Point is shot well, and solid directing from Thomas J. Churchill, again the main issue is the time spent on the action and urgency is really wasted. There is a few action sequences and Michelle C. Lee who works in a restaurant has a somewhat interesting fight scene about 55 minutes in. A director can only do so much when the source material is not up to par with the desired result.
The proficiency of the actors including Kenny Johnson and William Forsythe, coupled with the cool settings cannot hide the fact that Check Point fails to deliver a true action story and memorable action sequences. The subject matter of homegrown terrorism is a great concept, but in Check Point, it is merely window dressing to the film.
After conducting a detailed interview with William Forsythe http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/06/actor-william-forsythe-interview-c-2016.html and he discussed the film and a bit of the behind the scenes, I perhaps had too lofty of expectations. What amounts to an average film with a few consistently good performances, yet the lack of real conflict and urgency in the story detracts from the overall experience. Check Point is perhaps worthy of a mild rent, but should be on Netflix before long. Check Point rates a 5.5 out of 10, not bad, but not great.
Above video: Check out actress Michelle C. Lee discussing the controversial nature of the Check Point.
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