Picks and Pans Review: Killpoint
The ads say Richard Roundtree gives his "toughest and roughest performance since Shaft." The audience is never really sure, though, as he only appears in about a quarter of the film. The rest of Killpoint offers the blood, bullets and bad acting prevalent in low-budget cops vs. kingpins flicks. Brutal crimes are being committed in southern California with the use of automatic weapons stolen from a National Guard armory. A federal agent in charge of the case, Roundtree calls on Leo (Blind Rage) Fong, also the film's associate producer and fight choreographer, an aging martial arts expert/ cop bent on revenge since his wife was murdered by thugs, but haven't we heard that one before, 50 or 60 times in the last year or so? Cameron Mitchell is sleazy as a crime boss, and Stack (Vice Squad) Pierce is menacing as his right-hand man. But the film goes nowhere. The scenes are confusing, the acting wooden, the violence gratuitous. And none of it seems the same without that Isaac Hayes Shaft sound track. (R)
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