By: John M Jerva
The Good: After helping promote the indie action thriller Hollow Point for a few years now, it was finally good to see the finished product as it finally was released here in the U.S. Helmed by Daniel Zirilli who is no stranger to directing action films on a budget, the movie is a welcome addition to the vigilante subgenre and serves up enough gritty and brutal action sequences for fans craving a fix on a Saturday night. With a film like this, you know that you’re getting and Hollow Point throws it back old school with practical stunts and pays homage to other films that have come before while at the same time, giving audiences a little something different as a good portion of the middle deals with an unfortunate ordeal that Jay’s character endures which demonstrates how cruel of a world it can be.
The cast is solid as Luke Goss always delivers in his performances and here he brings it per usual with both low key flair and gravitas. The supporting cast is also on their game with genre legend Michael Paré serving up a no nonsense performance proving that there’s a reason why his name speaks volumes on a poster fir an action film. JuJu Chan steals the show with some wham bang hand to hand fight action where she plays even more rough than the boys. This femme fatale definitely deserves to headline her own action pics. Newcomer to this side of the world, Dilan Jay, brings the sympathetic side and also gets to dazzle with some standout fight choreography and I was more than impressed with his stunt work as he has practiced martial arts since childhood.
Zirilli knows what fans want and gives it to them and his script which he co-wrote with Chad Law and Evan Law does it’s job and keeps things moving at a brisk pace. This is a solid writing crew and they always treat the action with the upmost respect. Chad Law has been doing this long enough that he has become one of the leading authorities on penning indie action.
The Bad: This is kind of a catch 22 as actor Jay Mohr, who is known more for comedic turns, delivers a sadistic performance as the ruthless Trigger and makes you hate him from the word go. Unfortunately, from an action standpoint, I would have liked a more formidable opponent for the film’s climax and while the eventual showdown does an admirable job, it left me wanting more.
The film does have a limited budget and it does show at times but with a filming schedule of about 13 days, the cast and crew get a pass and should be commended for making the most of what they had and this little film that could is a true testament to hard work and perseverance and that when you have people in the business who know what they’re doing, you can always make something out of having almost nothing.
Overall: Hollow Point isn’t a happy movie but for a dark and dirty vigilante thriller, it delivers the anticipated goods on a budget and serves up enough firepower, fisticuffs and mayhem to warrant more than one viewing. If you liked the films of the past that dabbled with this kind of material like the Death Wish films and The Exterminator, then Hollow Point will be right up your alley with its unapologetic nature and low fi thrills. Bullet holes included.