Sony // 2008 // 85 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 27th, 2008
Ultimate fan...killer obsession.
When an all-star women's volleyball player finds herself on the business end of a lunatic stalker's feverish affections, she'll have to summon all her competitive fervor to BUMP! SET! SPIKE! her way to survival.
For Kelly Reyes (Melissa Keller), all she's ever wanted was volleyball immortality. Rocketing to the top of the pro women's beach volleyball world comes with its dangers, however. Namely, a wack-job that's been sleazing around the after-game parties, preying upon athletes from the circuit and that's taken an interest in Kelly and her amazing cleavage.
Is it possible this creep is connected to a charming, mysterious sports reporter named Holden (Brian Austin Green) who suddenly shows up with a passionate interest in telling her story and maybe getting into her Speedo?
Comparisons to The Fan are unavoidable, and entirely appropriate, mainly because both that movie and this are mostly boring with a handful of interesting scenes.
Look, if you want to stay unspoiled and are desperate to preserve the plot twists leave here now and watch the movie, content in the fact that if you love beach volleyball and psychos -- in that order -- then Impact Point was made specifically for you and run off and bask in its sand-swept glory.
Now that both of those readers have left, consider this your OFFICIAL SPOILER WARNING and reveal that -- surprise! -- Brian Austin Green is the psycho. And since all Psycho Stalker Movies and their resultant success are dictated by a) how memorable the villain is, b) how memorable the twist to the villain's identity is and c) how memorable the villain's death is. Ranking Impact Point's scorecard:
1. Memorable Villain
Green isn't bad and turns up the menace with some verve when the script calls for it. He snarls and screams and talks trash and when the film calls for it, makes out with his costar, and overall I'd say he deserves a thumbs up for his performance. His character is a dick, and you want him to get his comeuppance.
2. Memorable Villain's Identity Twist
I'll stop short of spilling the beans with this one, but it's not bad. When we finally see who this guy really is, there might be some raised eyebrows among the viewership. I was caught off guard.
3. Memorable Villain's Death
Here's a big disappointment. Derivative, suspense-free and made possible thanks to a laughable plot contrivance. ("Say, what's this hard object under the small of my back? Hey, it's a handgun!") Grade: D-
Overall Psycho Movie Grade: C. Generic, adequate, mediocre.
The other half of the film is sports-centric, focusing on Kelly's quest to become a volleyball champion. It too is generic, adequate and mediocre, stocked with the typical clichés of Setting Aside Rivalries, Working Hard and Pulling Out the Big Win in Dramatic Fashion.
Your disc: anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital, a making-of featurette, some promotional stuff for the AVP (not that AVP) Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, trailers and a digital copy of the film.
Part sports movie, part stalker thriller, all blah.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Portuguese)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (French)
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Digital Copy
* AVP Promos