The sound effects/soundtracks were unbelievable. The filming was so fresh and new, didn't know what to expect. My husband and I loved it. I truly love shows were you cant predict what is going to happen. This one delivered as a true mystery all the way to the end. Wilson is fantastic. Belushi was excellent, good to see him again. The guns and gun sound effects were off the chart. I would have loved to have seen this on the big screen. No spoiler alerts, you have watch this one on your own. Belushi can truly act the serious bad guy. I had to take pain medicine during the show because the <more>
movie hurt so bad. The sound and visual is what made this movie.
"Apollo 18" director Gonzalo López-Gallego and freshman scenarist Nils Lyew have done wonders with their Mexican cartel versus American lawmen movie "The Hollow Point," starring Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Jim Belushi, and Lynn Collins. This gritty, bullet-blasting, machete-wielding thriller set in Arizona reminded me of "No Country for Old Men," "Blood Father," "Sicario," and "Savages" with a budget that is probably only a fraction of these superior sagas. Nevertheless, "The Hollow Point" doesn't go <more>
slack in any department. The veteran cast deliver gripping performances, especially Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Jim Belushi. Mind you, the multi-talented Patrick Wilson whose career continues to defy pigeon-holing is good as the good guy sheriff who eventually turns into the "Dirty Harry" lawman that British actor Ian McShane portrays with gusto galore. "Open Grave" lenser José David Montero's widescreen cinematography is atmospheric, particularly in a foggy, nocturnal, highway gunfight. Not only does López-Gallego helm this concise though brutal thriller, but he also edited it for maximum impact. The irony of "The Hollow Point" is spelled out in the opening credit when we learn that the evil Hispanic dastards have more weapons than ammunition to feed them and bullets on the black market mean big bucks. Predictably, the cartel is the villain here, and none of these wicked fiends is treated with anything approaching sympathy or sophistication. They are thoroughly bastards who have no compunction against killing anybody including all the relatives relating to their intended targets. Although it duplicates the treacherous likes of the cartel, "The Hollow Point" examines the dastards above the border in Arizona. The current sheriff has been waging a campaign against the ammo smugglers and he advocates 'shoot first and worry later' in his dealings with these criminals who turn out to be Americans. No sooner has Sheriff Leland Kilbaught performed his sworn duty on one smuggler than he is reprimanded and a replacement is dispatched to replace him. The reputation of the new sheriff, Wallace Patrick Wilson of "Watchmen" , precedes him and everybody labels him an 'asshole.' Nevertheless, Wallace is nothing like Leland because he believes in giving the criminal the benefit of the doubt, until he confronts a 'do-or-die' cartel enforcer, Atticus John Leguizamo of "Carlito's Way" , who prefers a machete to a pistol. Some things about Nils Lyew's screenplay you must figure out as the straightforward action unfolds. The most mysterious character is none other than Atticus, and he appears to be an inmate at a prison who changes into an official guard's uniform and then walks as casually as you please out of the facility without attracting attention to take down a target. Atticus is as cold as they come. Keep in mind, little in Lyew's screenplay appears to be original in the sense that you have never seen something before. In this respect, genre aficionados will appreciate this rough and tough tale with its predictable violence. Some of this violence may upset the squeamish, but it is entirely in line with what you should expect from a cartel caper. Into this mix, we have Wallace's former wife, Marla Lyn Collins , who has taken up with one of the American villains that has disappeared because he worked for the cartel. Wallace is out to find him. Uttering anything else about this swiftly-paced movie would mitigate its ferocious pacing.Basically, "The Hollow Point" is a standard-issue B-movie, but López-Gallego never wears out his welcome with this slam-bang, 97-minute melodrama. Based on the number of surprises that will jolt you throughout this violent epic, this movie deserves the highest rating that I can give it. Count them—five ball-busting surprises—smack you when you least expect them, right up until the last scene. "The Hollow Point" never misses bull's eye!
How is this movie only rated 5.4.. (by jamesadambrown-98429)
I have been glued to my seat for this film, lots of talent, great acting, and the story line is brilliant!!!
Very good movie (by dsdrp)
Realistic, frightening, gritty movie - unfortunately based on a real current topic/threat/situation. Movie visuals were stunning. Scenes of dusty roads, rusted trucks showed a pretty realistic view of life in a small border town. Somewhat of a cross between an old western with a good dose of modern day reality. Acting was good enough to make you forget that these guys are only playing characters to tell a story. a story. Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane and James Belushi were very good portraying good and bad sides of their characters. John Leguizamo was terrifying. I cannot understand why this <more>
movie was given only a limited release. It should have received a theater release to mass markets. Very good movie.
If you watch a lot of movies -- please check out my 1250+ reviews -- you tend to have low expectations for Indies. On the other, die-hard movie buffs are a lot like the story of the little boy who finds a room full of manure and smiles ... because he figures, with so much manure, there has to be a pony around somewhere...? And the truth is, it is Indies just like this one that make reviewers feel like that little boy ... finally something new, refreshing and interesting that somehow managed to swim upstream to the viewer, defying all odds, and avoiding the Hollywood cookie-cutter franchise <more>
and deal-making system.Superficially, this is a police procedural about a deal gone wrong in a small border town that no one has ever heard of.But, it in fact, it is no such thing. And if you approach Hollow Point purely on the basis of the story, you might end up disappointed.What it actually offers is a fun ride through a series of almost-disconnected events, events that only have in common the skill of the director and the art of his actors constantly trying to keep you interested and entertained.For example one of many, to make the point there is a scene where the local sheriff forthrightly is questioning a local car dealer who, presumably, he knows and has no fear of. The car dealer, sitting behind his desk, offers the sheriff a drink, and then makes an offhand, ambiguous, comment along the lines of "I can see you have already made up your mind" -- and next proceeds to shotgun said sheriff with a hidden trick weapon built into the desk. The camera then switches to the POV of the victim, the sheriff, and slowly fades to black. The viewer ASSUMES the character is gone to his greater reward ... until the same character pops up in a later scene unharmed, and the viewer has to put the pieces together and deduce the character had a bullet proof vest all along.IT IS THAT KIND OF FILM. A film more interested in entertaining the viewer than in preaching or making a point or even in telling a story. And it works.Director Gonzalo López-Gallego has a great career ahead, his work is flawless. Ditto for the cinematography. Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane are both mainly character actors here elevated to starring roles -- and they are more than up to the challenge.THE JOURNEY, NOT THE DESTINATION.Fun. Entertaining. Recommended.
Fun and entertaining thriller!! Much better than I ever expected!! (by eHappyDayZ)
In the beginning we weren't sure how far out in left field this one was going to go! Trust me, just stick with it! It's well worth it in the end!! It was fun and entertaining without getting too far off course to be unbelievable! A little slow to start but it builds at a good pace and turns out being a really great movie!! Much better than I ever expected! We watch movies EVERY day! And I've only felt inclined to leave a review 3-4 times EVER! This is one of those RARE occasions where I believe a movie is so much better than it may ever be recognized for... but who knows! I hope <more>
Eclectic modern western with lots of twists (by wwaigl)
This was a very unusual movie, and I am certain it will not be to everyone's taste. I am not a professional critic but to me this is almost what I envision to be "art-house" in a modern western genre.What I loved is the movie has lots of atmosphere, intrigue, fine acting and many unexpected moments. I do think it gave up a couple of its secrets a touch to early, but I don't believe that detracts from the overall story.There is suspense and action, and some pretty gory outcomes along the path to the conclusion. And there are at least 3 wtf moments while all that plays <more>
out.Overall, I really enjoyed. I live for action movies, but they don't all have to be over-the-top massive cgi efforts. This was more grounded action but for me very enjoyable nonetheless.This movie made me think of Get the Gringo with Mel Gibson from a couple of years ago. The Hollow Point lacks the humour of that movie, but it is generally in the same genre dealing with the rot that is the USA/Mexican border, the grit and seediness of the area and all the trouble of existing in it. IF you liked Get the Gringo you will like this movie - they are definitely not the same, but there is in my mind some style similarities.Anyways, its definitely not a 5.5 movie the current overall rating on IMDb when I write this . I have sat through enough movies of that caliber to know! I give it a solid 7 to 7.5 for overall movie value.