Good men can do bad things.
A brutal blend of modern-day Western and hard-boiled noir, twisty crime thriller The Hollow Point finds Patrick Wilson’s newly arrived small-town Arizona sheriff going up against a relentless cartel hitman (John Leguizamo) after stumbling upon an ammunition smuggling ring on the US-Mexico border.
The film’s first surprise is that, thanks to lax US gun control, it is Americans smuggling bullets into Mexico and not the other way round. Further shocks soon follow. However, the convoluted plot draws in so many characters – including Jim Belushi’s shifty car salesman and the sheriff’s weary ex, played by Lynn Collins – that the action sometimes goes off the boil.
Nevertheless, Wilson makes a rugged hero, while Ian McShane is enjoyably ripe as the grizzled, whisky-swigging, morally compromised former sheriff he is replacing. Brace yourself, though. Both of them really do get put through a bloody wringer before the end.
Certificate 15. Runtime 97 mins. Director Gonzalo López-Gallego
The Hollow Point debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Saturday 11 June. Available on Blu-ray & DVD from Altitude Film Distribution.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.