Breaking Point (Clark, 1976)

A surprisingly tepid revenge film from director Bob Clark (who was tragically killed in a drunk driving accident this year), the man behind A Christmas Story, the original and scary Black Christmas, and Porky’s. Bo Svenson’s everyman, supposedly a judo master, never gets to exhibit his skills on the bastard mafia goons who terrorize his family. Instead, he spends most of the movie obeying the laws and going into the witness protection program, an obvious waste of time considering the genre. The ingredients for a great exploitation picture are here – truly evil bad guys, a family on the line, and a potentially badass hero. But Breaking Point pulls too many punches, opting out of many chances for action in favor of repetitive character drama. By the end, you’ll be praying for Joe Don Baker and Walking Tall (1973).


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