The Kill Point Reviews

 

Here what the television critics are saying about "The Kill Point."  Check back for ongoing reviews!

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TV Guide gives it a 9 out of 10!

 

USA Today gives it * * *1/2 out of four stars!

 

The New York Post gives it 3 out of 4 stars!

 

The Washing Post says -(It) is on the right track to being something special. 

Entertainment Weekly Gives it a B!

 

The Los Angeles Times calls it a quality program!

 

The New York Times says it is quite enjoyable, gripping and predictable in equal parts, almost a mercifully abbreviated “24.

 

The Orlando Sentinel calls it -  "One of the summer's biggest surprises!"

 

The Boston Herald Gives it a B+!

 

The Hollywood Reporter says "You can bank on this hostage drama!"

Blogcritics Magazine

TV Review: The Kill Point - Brothers in Life and Crime

Written by Carole McDonnell
Published July 30, 2007

The Kill Point, a mini-series which is being shown on Spike TV, and which will probably be rerun quite often, has got to be hands-down one of the best heist stories I’ve ever seen. Just when I was thinking the genre had become predictable, up comes this topical, riveting, heart-wrenching, and - dare I say it? - downright patriotic thriller. And bingo, modern issues have put new life into an old genre.

Not that there was anything so wrong with the old genre. I like heist films and even at their stalest, they’re better than the typical actioner out there. But lately, they had lost a lot of their topical moorings. People were planning super-heists merely to steal a whole bunch of cash. Okay, but not really worthy of my spiritual viewing time.

Heist films are supposed to contain topical issues and cultural references. Remember  The Public Enemy, The Roaring Twenties, White Heat, and Little Caesar? These were the movies that created this genre. These established the basics of a truly noble heist film. The bad guys are in serious need of cash but there’s always something else. For some reason they don’t fit in, for some reason life is overwhelming. They are war veterans who have returned home to the evils of civilian life. They have been rejected by society at large. They are slightly mad. Whatever the reason, they just don’t fit in.

Of course some of my favorite heist films aren’t terribly angst-ridden. City of Industry, for instance, is a perfect little gem of the 'revenge after the heist because the untrustworthy henchman has betrayed his brothers in crime' sub-genre. And The Usual Suspects works because, well, it is just so plain odd and moody... and a good surprise ending certainly doesn’t hurt.

But the majority of heist movies had lost their connection to the common man, the poor schlub who was embattled and overwhelmed by life. It was fun to get caught up in the planning, the expectations of what we know “should” happen, the inevitable mess-up when after initial success the short-lived criminal victory falls apart. But with rare exceptions such as Set it Off, there generally wasn’t much of an emotional investment.

Well, imagine my utter uncontainable joy when I saw that John Leguizamo was in this series. This guy always plays scrappers. Intellectual, emotional, fidgety, cool, all in one. The guy can act. He plays Mr Wolf, and he leads his animal-aliased crew of disgruntled former soldiers with such passion and compassion that I actually found myself falling in love with him. The characters are desperate, yeah, but not sordid. And everyone knows that in a really satisfying heist film, the viewer's complicity in the crime becomes problematic because the bad guys are truly not so very bad. They have no desire to kill anyone, for instance. But as we know from other heist films such as Dog Day Afternoon, the best laid plans often fall apart — at the very beginning.

Add a few 2007 issues such as media hype, government propaganda and lies, and the government’s very nasty treatment of returning vets, and we have a situation where the viewer – however moral she might consider herself – simply wants to see these guys miraculously saved from the mess they have brought upon themselves. Yeah, it’s impossible, but one hopes. Somehow. Somehow. The money be damned! Some deus ex machina has got to come down from heaven and whisk these bank robbers safely off to someplace that has no extradition treaty. Could their helper be the computer hacking kid? Could the contagious Stockholm Syndrome afflicting their hostages somehow save them? Dang, even the cops (a nice multicultural mix which includes a black female SWAT expert - yay!) understand where these slighted patriots are coming from! What can be done to help our guys leave the botched bank robbery safe and sound? Yes, I “know” that “crime doesn’t pay,” but dang, how I wish it did — at least for these army guys, this brotherhood of criminals who have been given a rotten deal by the war-mongering government.

It has been said that writing is often a conversation between the soul and the spirit. In this case, the Christian in me knows what I "should" want: law and order. But the Christian in me also knows that these men, like Jesus my Lord - who was executed via capital punishment and whose body hung between the bodies of two thieves - are "men of sorrows acquainted with grief." A Christian, a working class person, or a minority person will understand (and be compassionate toward) these rejected, outcast, desperate men who are not only each other's brothers but also our brothers. But what can I say? The law is powerful and relentless and our bad guys aren't going to get a blanket forgiveness.

The Kill Point is being shown in eight hours. Try to catch all of the episodes. Be wonderfully surprised. Be wonderfully touched.
 

 

The Washington Post

'Kill Point': Counting on a Captive Audience, Too

By John Maynard

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 21, 2007; Page C07

Two imposing hurdles immediately stand before Spike TV's new miniseries, "The Kill Point": The show attempts to remake "Dog Day Afternoon," and it aims to keep a hostage crisis compelling for eight hours. 

Although it's too early to judge whether "Kill Point" will clear either bar, the first two hours of the show (debuting tomorrow night) made available for preview establish that the series, while not flawless, is on the right track to being something special. 

The best thing about "Kill Point" is the typically impressive John Leguizamo, who plays Mr. Wolf, an Iraqi war veteran who oversees four accomplices in a botched bank robbery that quickly devolves into a hostage situation. 

At times, Leguizamo seems to be channeling Al Pacino, the star of that aforementioned 1975 Sidney Lumet film, with a mixture of manic energy and tenderness toward the hostages. But unlike Pacino's character, who by movie's end wins over nearly all his victims, Leguizamo's character is less clear with his intentions. 

Wolf's hostages are wary of him -- as is the viewer. A particularly tense moment at the end of the two-hour opener leaves us wondering where exactly Wolf is heading. 

Leguizamo is forced to deal with some awkward dialogue, courtesy of series creator James DeMonaco. A key scene in which we first learn about Wolf's military background turns from dramatic -- as he addresses a crowd that has formed outside the bank -- to cringe-inducing, as he goes on a political rant about the current war. 

Opposite Leguizamo is a less impressive but tolerable Donnie Wahlberg as the main hostage negotiator. Wahlberg overindulges as the hard-boiled cop with no tolerance for authority, and he even seems to relish the sometimes cliched dialogue. "This operation is all mine now!" he bellows to an FBI agent who blows a rescue attempt. 

But a handful of subplots and some intriguing character development should compel viewers to stick with it. (After tomorrow, "Kill Point" will air in one-hour episodes over the next four Sundays, concluding with the two-hour finale Aug. 26). 

Some of the more engaging hostages include a skittish bank manager (Geoffrey Cantor) whose unpredictability could get them all killed; an elderly gay man (Bingo O'Malley) who makes a bold move; and a spacey woman (Jennifer Ferrin) who suffers from a severe case of Stockholm syndrome.

Also keep an eye on a Paris Hilton-type (Christine Evangelista) whose rich daddy (Tobin Bell) is determined to get his daughter freed, the other hostages be damned. "Not every life is of equal value," he tells Wahlberg's negotiator. 

Over eight hours, the viewer -- not unlike the hostages -- could start to feel claustrophobic inside the bank, where most of the action occurs. Thank goodness we have Leguizamo to pull us through it.

 

The Los Angeles Times

Spike TV offers babe-free viewing

The network of battling martial artists and car shows offers a quality program with 'The Kill Point.' 

By Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer 

Spike TV is not usually where my eye lands in the search for original quality programming — the menu that divides its website into "Shows," "Babes" and "Rant" (which can often involve babes) is an accurate enough reflection of that network's concerns, the shape of its aesthetic, the breadth of its philosophy. All the more reason, perhaps, to point out when something good airs there, by which I mean something to interest more than the habitués — if such a word may be reasonably applied to the viewers of "Ultimate Fighting Championship" and "Trucks!".

The limited series "The Kill Point" — an "eight-hour event," to quote the Spike publicity department — is not going to change the world. Not even your own small world. It's a genre piece: "crime," subset "hostage situation." But (to judge by the first two of those eight hours, which air Sunday night) its occasional small failings are the shallowest potholes in what is a fundamentally smooth track, in which unpredictable twists and blind hairpin turns give way to straightaways made for speed. It's the sort of thing that gives popular entertainment a good name.

Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo star, one might say, as Bruce Willis and Al Pacino. Wahlberg, whose character has been given the pulp-fiction name of Horst Cali, is the ace hostage negotiator whose impressive record cuts no ice with his self-important superiors — but I think you know who's going to be proved right when the dust settles in Hour 8. (He has also, for some reason, been made a grammar freak, for whom a misplaced apostrophe is like a knife in the heart.)

Leguizamo is a disgruntled Middle East wars vet who leads his old unit in an assault on a Pittsburgh bank; something goes awry, naturally, and the would-be robbers find themselves holed up inside with tellers and customers and a critically wounded FBI agent.

We've seen many of these characters before, if not necessarily in one place all together: The arrogant superior officer (Mike McGlone) whose insistence on doing things his way (and not our hero's) has the usual fatal consequences; the self-important zillionaire (Tobin Bell, the villain in the "Saw" movies) trying to bend circumstances to his will; the brave old man, the loose cannon, the bullying boss revealed as a coward. But there is time enough here to play some variations on the old themes, make unusual connections and build sympathy all around.

Created by James DeMonaco ("The Negotiator," "Assault on Precinct 13"), co-written with frequent partner Todd Harthan and directed by Steve Shill, "The Kill Point" gets down to business quickly and efficiently. Once the initial gun smoke clears, the series shifts to a pace that, if not exactly real time, reflects Cali's insistence that resolving a hostage situation is a long, slow business.

There is, appropriately, a lot of talk, which especially suits Leguizamo, who has a background in one-man shows — that space where theater overlaps stand-up comedy. He gets an "Attica" moment early on, out in the street (and in his underwear yet, to show his battle scars). "I want a flak jacket for every soldier in Iraq," he declares, "and I want the son of every senator who voted yes for this war to sign up for active duty." Which elicits cheers and whistles from a crowd that has been let improbably near the scene of an ongoing crime.

There are only a couple of possible outcomes in stories such as this. (The moral order that regulates mainstream entertainment, not to say our lives, requires that the hostage-takers will either be captured or killed.) But you might say as much of a game of chess: Someone wins, or nobody does — that's about it. What matters is how you get there — the unexpected moves, the bold sacrifices, the clever misdirections, the mutually intensifying alternations of fast action and quiet reflection. And if the filmmakers can get you emotionally invested, even a little bit — just to like the characters enough to care whether they live or die, as is the case here — you can have a good old tense time watching it all go down.

 

The New York Post

By Linda Stasi

GANG GRIM

'KILL POINT' MAKES A GOOD ONE

Rating: stars
July 20, 2007 -- TAKE a little of "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three," add a handful of "The Nine," and top it with a huge helping of "Dog Day Afternoon" and you've got Spike TV's new series, "The Kill Point" - a show that's better than it should be.

This eight-hour series centers around a bank robbery gone very wrong (see above) and the subsequent taking of hostages (see above again).

While the format was a disaster for "The Nine," it may in fact be a winner for "Kill." (For one thing, it's a limited series. I mean, people can't be held hostage for 26 weeks after all!)

The best thing about "The Kill Point" right off is the stars. The casting is perfect, especially the leads - the always magnetic Donnie Wahlberg and the fascinatingly good John Leguizamo, who play, respectively, a cop and a robber both trying to find a way out of a bad situation.

The show begins with the back-and-forth of the scary robbers driving to the bank and the officious (and hateful) bank manager, Mr. Shelton (Geoffrey Cantor), who is busy micro-managing the Three Rivers Bank in Pittsburgh.

Led by the classic anti-hero, Mr. Wolf (Leguizamo), the robbers burst into the luxurious, old-fashioned bank, semiautomatics at the ready, and begin what seems like a smooth robbery.

And it is - almost. Unlike days of old when all a bank had on its side was the teller's alarm button, now there are cell phones.

One patron, Leroy (Ryan Sands), a criminal defense attorney, text-messages for help and the cops are alerted. It turns out that one of the patrons of the bank happens to be an FBI agent and, well, you get the picture.

Or maybe not. Like Sonny in "Dog Day," Mr. Wolf (all the robbers have animal pseudonyms) is a man of the people - in a skewed sort of way.

In a scene straight out of Al Pacino, he steps outside and delivers his message - which is that he's a wounded Iraq vet who's been denied his pension and the antibiotics for his injuries. Among his demands are flak jackets for every soldier in Iraq, "even though our stupid country doesn't think they need it." And for every senator's son, a draft notice for active duty.

His gang? All soldiers who served under him and they are, despite what they seem, good guys.

And oh, yes, because this is Spike, it has two of the longest, sustained gun battles on TV.

Within the first few moments, there's a three-and-a-half minute, free-for-all shoot-out. Later, there's another solid two-and-a-half minute full-out machine gun battle.

Guns and blood enough for every Spike TV viewer and character development enough for us women who are stuck in the room with a man who thinks gun battles are an intellectual exercise.

 

Entertainment Weekly

MUST WATCH OF THE WEEK

The Kill Point - B

By Thom Geier

Oh, well. So much for honoring our troops. ''Mr. Wolf'' (John Leguizamo) leads a bunch of fellow Iraq war vets into a bank robbery-turned-hostage standoff in this eight-hour miniseries. Tonight's launch offers nicely paced tension and lots of hints about future revelations. (You just know that shell-shocked redhead will go all Stockholm syndrome on Leguizamo.) True, a SWAT team probably wouldn't be quite so chatty mid-crisis. And it's hard to tell which is more improbable about Donnie Wahlberg as a police negotiator: his grammar fixation or his full head of hair. But unlike last season's short-lived The Nine, at least we'll see how this failed heist ends

 

The New York Times

Guy-TV Gumbo’s Latest Recipe

 

USA Today

By Robert Bianco, USA TODAY

Two excellent actors, Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo, take point in Spike TV's The Kill Point (* * *1/2 out of four, Sunday, 9 ET/PT), a promising miniseries about a Pittsburgh bank heist that goes south in a hurry.

MORE Spike's aiming higher with 'Kill Point'

Leguizamo is Mr. Wolf, a troubled military man who leads a group of ex-soldiers in what they hope is a simple take-the-money-and-run robbery. Of course it isn't, which is where Wahlberg comes in as a hostage negotiator with great skills and a few odd peccadilloes, including an apostrophe obsession. And just to add to Wolf's problems and possibilities, one of the hostages is the daughter of a local business/political boss

There are aspects of the two-hour premiere that go awry — Wolf's big crowd-rousing speech chief among them — and twists that hint at possible audience roadblocks to come. (Must every such story build in a conflict between local cops and the FBI?) Overall, though, Kill Point gets off to a strong start with a tense outing driven along by two strong, combative performances. It even may teach a TV lesson. As wonderful as The Nine was and as much as we may wish it had prospered on ABC, it may just be that hostage plots work best when there's a clear and certain end in sight.

 

The Boston Herald

Summer TV comes alive with ‘Kill Point’

By Mark A. Perigard
Boston Herald TV Critic

Friday, July 20, 2007

Spike TV’s “The Kill Point” is so retro, it seems like any generic bank heist movie made during the ’70s.

Instead of Vietnam War veterans as the bad guys, here are embittered Iraq war veterans.

The top police negotiator, Horst Cali (Boston’s Donnie Wahlberg), dresses almost as if he strutted out of 1978.

You can practically taste the cliches.

“Kill Point” (debuting Sunday at 9 p.m.) is also edgy, action-packed and an adrenaline rush, a welcome relief from the game shows drowning the airwaves on the commercial networks. Judging from the first two hours, it’s the closest thing to “24” any network has produced.

“Kill Point” wastes no time getting down to business. It dispenses with character introductions as a group of masked men led by Mr. Wolf (John Leguizamo) descend on a crowded Pittsburgh bank and rob the vault.

There are complications.

One bank customer is able to send a text message for help. A federal agent who happened to be inside the bank follows the robbers with her gun drawn.

Suddenly the entire block isablaze with gunfire. The robbers retreat to the bank lobby.

“This thing either ends with us free or dead,” Wolf tells Horst over the phone.

Wolf and his fellow ex-soldiers operate under a code of honor of sorts that makes them both more sympathetic and more dangerous than run-of-the mill robbers.

 Cali, meanwhile, negotiates for the freedom of the hostages while trying to keep his know-nothing superiors at bay. Wahlberg, one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood, stretches the limits of the boilerplate dialogue.

Like “24,” “Kill Point” manages to mine complications everywhere. The hostages are thinking people, not pawns, and have a few ideas - and a gun - to help themselves.

By night’s end, Wolf has found a way to blackmail one hostage into getting him a powerful protector on the outside. More bad guys are on the way.

“The Kill Point” is just the thing to put the excitement back in your summer TV.

“THE KILL POINT”

Series premiere Sunday at 9 p.m. on Spike TV.

Grade: B+

 

The Hollywood Reporter

Taut twists and turns keep hostage drama on "Point"

Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:31PM EDT

By Barry Garron

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Looking for action and suspense? You can bank on this hostage drama.

Some of what's in "The Kill Point" looks familiar, but there are enough new twists to keep this eight-hour series feeling fresh and suspenseful. At the same time, casting John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg to play characters on opposite ends of a botched bank robbery turns this series into a riveting game of chess, with hostages as real-life pawns.

The setup is straightforward. Leguizamo plays Mr. Wolf, the leader of a sextet of bank robbers with a careful plan for a daring daytime heist. But these aren't career criminals. They're former servicemen led by their former military platoon commander, fed up with the raw deal he got after long and painful years of serving his country.

When the police arrive a tad earlier than expected, Wolf and four of his men retreat to the bank, where a couple dozen employees and customers become hostages.

ABC introduced a series last fall, "The Nine," about hostages who survived a bank holdup, but "Kill Point" has more in common with Fox's "24." It doesn't flash backward or forward. It stays in the present, pretty much in real time, as move follows countermove and both sides try to bluff and threaten their way to victory.

Vastly outnumbered by a SWAT team, sharpshooters, the FBI and half the cops in Pittsburgh, Wolf and his men would be doomed if not for the hostages. Capt. Horst Cali (Wahlberg), a wily and successful negotiator, is determined to end the situation without making corpses of them.

A few of the hostage characters seem to show up just about every time there's a botched bank robbery. There's the brave old guy with a bad heart, the spunky and hot-looking girl with the rich daddy, the panicky bank manager and, of course, the woman in shock. On the other hand, except for Cali's wife, who isn't seen in the two-hour premiere, there isn't a pregnant woman in the series.

The beauty of James DeMonaco's script is in its subtle complexity. He makes Wolf and his crew vaguely sympathetic but not so much that you root for them. On the other side, Cali is caught in a bureaucratic vise, hampered by the egos of the rich and powerful. Wahlberg and Leguizamo flex their acting muscles in nearly every scene, and director Steve Shill finds the right angle to keep the story taut. 

 

iF Magazine

What iF Picks: 'THE KILL POINT' HIGHLIGHTS THE WEEK IN TV FOR JULY 16, 2007

John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg bring their talents to the small screen at least for a couple weeks.

I’ve been a fan of John Leguizamo’s for years and love to watch him work his magic. I am also a fan of Donnie Wahlberg going all the way back to his first break in band (I refuse to name said band and counter by saying I was really young and impressionable). The two are coming together for a mini-series about ex-U.S. soldiers who attempt to rob a bank. Leguizamo plays the soldier to Wahlberg’s negotiator. It’s a tense stand off the likes of which haven’t been seen since DOG DAY AFTERNOON.

 

nymag.com

The Kill Point

By John Leonard

The Kill Point bucks a trend. Hostage shows have not fared well as series television. The combination of claustrophobia and suspense seems to wear everybody out. Spike hopes that an eight-hour war of wits between John Leguizamo and his fellow bank robbers (a pissed-off group of war veterans who came back from Iraq to joblessness and lousy medical care) and Donnie Wahlberg and his fellow hostage negotiators (hamstrung and bulldozed by politicians, FBI agents, and SWAT teams) will be different. I doubt it. The two principals are compelling, the two-hour pilot has some grit, and we are obviously going to get the backstory of everybody on the floor of the bank. But already, credulity is strained. Would a Pittsburgh street crowd gathered to gape at the bloody standoff really burst into raucous cheers when Leguizamo delivered an antiwar proclamation to the TV news cameras?

 

LSJ Blogs

Mike Hughes

Posted July 15, 2007

"The Kill Point"

The stars of "Kill Point" know all about cute and music and screaming teens. Donnie Wahlberg was in New Kids On the Block, after all; John Leguizamo was a lovable little comedy guy.

Now they're on the opposite sides of "Kill Point," which starts July 22 on Spike. Leguizamo plays the mastermind of a bank robbery gone bad; Wahlberg plays the police negotiator trying to get hostages out of the bank.

Both characters are beautifully written and played, with layers that will unfold in the next few weeks.

"Kill Point" is as good as "The Nine," last year's terrific bank-hostage show on ABC. There's one key difference though: ABC wanted to have the thing go on forever, with no planned ending; audiences soon gave up. "Kill Point" is on cable, which doesn't have the old rules; it runs for eight Sundays. It's going to be a great ride.

Actually, someone named Peggy said that a while ago, in a reply to one of these blogs. She was honest about it, admitting that she works for Spike. We shrugged it off at the time.

Now comes the happy surprise: Peggy was telling the truth. Who knew?

 

Orlando Sentinel

Hal Boedeker - The TV Guy

"The Kill Point" gives you marvelous John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg

One of the summer's biggest surprises is "The Kill Point," an eight-hour hostage drama. The series, which starts July 22, marks a startling advance for Spike TV.

The opening two hours establish the battle of wills between Mr. Wolf (John Leguizamo), leader of a bank-robbing gang, and Horst Cali (Donnie Wahlberg), the hostage negotiator who struggles to end a crisis in a Pittsburgh bank.

"The Kill Point" has such a powerful twist that you probably don't want to read a lot about it.

But I want to alert you to its power.

And if you don't want to know more -- STOP READING NOW.

It's one of those stories that play better when you plunge into it without a lot of information. The drama slowly reveals the past of the robbers.

AND I'M GOING TO SHARE THAT POINT.

"It's primarily a suspense thriller with political undertones, but it plays in a big way that they're soldiers that are very capable, therefore are very formidable," series creator James DeMonaco said.

Leguizamo relished that storytelling. "That was the great thing about it was that it was a slow reveal of character," the actor said. "And the audience were being taken slowly through it. You had to wait it out."

DeMonaco said he was inspired by the movies "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three." "I think as a child I was obsessed with both of those films," he said.

As "The Kill Point" unfolds, Mr. Wolf becomes a folk hero. But DeMonaco stressed that the series also reveals the character's duplicitous and self-serving sides.

Wahlberg's character is fixated with proper grammar and constantly corrects colleagues.

"My character doesn't like when people speak improper English, but he doesn't always speak proper English himself," Wahlberg said. "It's a way for him to vent. It's a way for him to pick apart things because he can't necessarily pick apart Mr. Wolf. He has to be patient with him."

You won't want to pick apart "The Kill Point." Just mark your calendar and watch. It offers solid drama.

 

Blogcritics Magazine

TV Review: The Kill Point - Pilot

Written by writnkitten
Published June 27, 2007

Spike TV’s new original scripted series, The Kill Point, stars actors John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg on opposing sides of the law. The eight-hour series, which premiered on Spike TV on Sunday, July 22 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT, was created by James DeMonaco (Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator) and is directed by Steve Shill (Showtime’s The Tudors).

The plot of Kill Point centers around a bank heist gone wrong and the hostage negotiations that inevitably ensue. Leguizamo, who is clearly leading the robbers and is referred to as “Sergeant”, is accompanied by a crew of men with the nicknames “Cat,” “Mouse,” “Pig,” and “Rabbit.”

When Sergeant makes a public statement, on camera and in front of the gathering crowd outside the bank, detailing his demands, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary bank robbery, and this is no ordinary group of robbers. They are in fact American Iraq War veterans.

While the subject matter is heavy, dealing with post-war veterans, politics, and societal views on war/veterans, there are moments of humor woven throughout the show, such as when two co-workers decide to have sex in a closet in the bank and end up hiding in said closet during the robbery (the robbers don’t know they’re in the closet), and then as time passes and nature calls, the woman doesn’t want to pee in front of the guy she just had sex with. Because I guess peeing is too intimate.

Leguizamo’s previous credits include TV’s Miami Vice, ER, and My Name is Earl, and the films Carlito’s Way, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Summer of Sam, Moulin Rouge!, Assault on Precinct 13, and Land of the Dead. He also won an Emmy, in the category of outstanding performance in a variety or musical program, in 1999 for Freak, his semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance/autobiographical story.

Donnie Wahlberg’s previous credits include the films Ransom, The Sixth Sense, and more recently horror films Saw 2 and Saw 3, as well as the TV mini-series Band of Brothers and TV’s Boomtown.

The Kill Point takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and infuses quintessential cops and robbers with a political morality play. Part Robin Hood, part Joan of Arc, The Kill Point is an updated take on an old story. The twist here is deciding who to root for, because as of hour two, my sympathies lie with the robbers.

Great acting, particularly on the part of Leguizamo, is sure to make The Kill Point one popular summer series. I already can’t wait to see what happens next.

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