Crossing Point (2016): Capable Action Thriller (Review)

Film poster for Crossing Point

Crossing Point is a capable  action thriller that stars newcomer Shawn Lock as Michael;  a gringo tourist in Tijuana whose girlfriend is kidnapped. He is forced to run cocaine across the border to San Ysidro or she will die. He has 12 hours to make the drop. The drugs cannot be damaged, stolen, lost or confiscated. If any of these things happen both Michael and Olivia will be executed.

Lock, who co-wrote the screenplay with Paul Dominic, acquits himself very well in his first starring role.  (In his first role full stop.) He wisely keeps his character from running off at the mouth.  In the “action” scenes he moves well and we believe in  his quiet desperation.

Director Daniel Zirilli (who also provided additional dialogue for the script) sets a cracking pace for Crossing Point. At no time does the film drag. While it is not a high octane thriller the film does move on and as a result seems much quicker than its 92 minute run time.

The new star is backed up with a supporting cast with bona fides that contain more than  a few pedigree performers. Prolific actors Jacob Vargas and Tom Sizemore add a lot to the proceedings although Vargas is a main role and Sizemore is a cameo for all intents and purposes.

Luke Goss (one half of the  former Brit band Bros with twin brother Matt) plays a DEA agent who steps in at the very end of the film. Luke has been very busy since the band broke up. He has 51 credits under his belt and hides that Peckham accent very well.

The two stand out performances in Crossing Point  belong to newcomer Lock and Jacob Vargas. Vargas gives his Tijuana cop a legitimacy that feels almost effortless. Paulina Gaitan is spot on as Lucille, the petty thief turned ally and  María Gabriela de Faría is quite impressive as Olivia. 

Sizemore proves, yet again, that no part is too small. He makes the most of his  cameo as the coyote provider to Michael.

The film is a “race against the clock” thriller that is not full to the brim with action scenes. It has suspense and touch of romance and enough threatening situations to make most  viewers feel a bit nervous.

Cinematography for the film is beyond perfection.  The scenery is captured brilliantly and the each shot framed just as it should be. Philip Roy does a splendid job as does Michael Courtney who edits the film with a deft touch. (Rather interestingly Courtney worked as editor on the “reality” series “Shooting Sizemore”  which  starred…drumroll please…Tom Sizemore.)

There is one point in the film where credulity is stretched to breaking point. Vargas’ Tijuana cop blithely crosses the boarder and works hand-in-glove with Goss’ DEA agent. It seems pretty certain that a lot of rules and protocols would have been broken in real life had this occurred.

Regardless of  the film ignoring border laws and international crime fighting  agreements,  Crossing Point entertains. This is not, however,  high art here, do not expect Shakespeare or Ibsen, but the story flows nicely and the lead character is one we can root for.

This is a solid 4 out of 5 stars for having a  sustainable plot and a main character that was, for the most part, believable. The movie is streaming on Netflix at the moment and if action thrillers are your cup of tea, check it out.

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