Sunday, July 22, 2007
The Kill Point
I have a recommendation for you. Summer's usually pretty slow in TV land, but if there is one show you have to watch, make it "The Kill Point". It comes on Spike TV Sundays at 9 PM (it's repeating right now and probably during the week). It's basically about a bank robbery conducted by a band of veterans who served in Iraq that goes horribly awry, and they've taken the bank hostage. A hostage negotiator (Donnie Wahlberg) is trying to bargain with the ringleader (John Leguizamo). Both are pretty complex characters that play off each other very well. The only other person I recognized is Tobin Bell (Jigsaw from the "Saw" movies, as well as Peter Kingsley from Season 2 of "24"). He plays a businessman whose daughter is one of the hostages, and who is using his influence to determine who makes the tactical decisions among the police. So far, it reminds me of "Dog Day Afternoon", "The Negotiator", and "Inside Man." So on the surface, it's something most of us has probably seen before. But it's an 8 hour miniseries, so there's a lot more time for the plot to breathe and character development. There have already been a couple of twists towards the end, so I already am eagerly awaiting the next episode. So if you're a fan of action or caper stories, you should watch this.