DetailedAnalysis of ‘Boiling Point (1993/I)’

While enduringly popular with the film watchers around the world,especially young people, the Boiling Point film have failed togenerate much in the way of serious thrilling. Generally, a crimefilm depicts both justice and injustice fighting against each other,with a feeling of suspense in overall (Ramos165). In many cases, antagonist identity is known, and theprotagonist has to intervene with their plans creating a strong senseof danger and pursuit as the events degenerates (Orr32). Boiling Point failed to go beyond an average crimefilm, and features actions than its title indirectly suggests.


I propose to explore various ways in which Boiling Point usesmature theme and slight forms of violence to try and move crime filmlovers, but falls short of achieving this due to its plotting flaws,and naivety approach to crime orientation.

BoilingPoint (1993/I)’ Analysis

Jimmy (Wesley) works as a federal agent who in many instances doesnot play things by the book (McCarthy38-39). When his colleague is killed as a result of theviolent bust, Jimmy is shipped by the department to Newark, NewJersey. He is given only seven days to find the men responsible forhis colleague death and avenge his death (Jacoby 29). Ronnie, who isthe killer of the dead officer, is actually Reds’ Flunkey. Redsmake Ronnie believe he is a great- crook, while in reality he just atwo-bit con artist. The two commence a rarely successful crime spreewith Jimmy in their hot pursuit (Naremore27).

Boiling Point is an average police crime film (even though,surprisingly, there are no high-speed car chases) with just littlethat is original to give to its audience (Otfinoski 101). The movieattempts to be more intelligent compared to most movies that fallinto the genre, but the film that passes for ‘higher quality’script, is a little less exciting story (Pallot 61-62). One of themajor problems of the film is the lack of a great deal of action, andits ending is never in doubt. Few clever twists of the plot (none ofwhich are significant) do not help much, and they fail to make up forthe lack of energy that is evident throughout the entire movie(Grossman 22-23). I highlydoubt crime film fans enjoy this film, and it has obviouslypredictable situations and a stock of characters.

There are only very few characters, which seems entirely irrelevantto the overall plot. Most of these characters play supporting roles,with one of the characters (Lolita Vikki) serving no more purposesthan just providing few moments elusive irony and a chance to seeother aspects of Reds and Jimmy personalities (Shaw 88).Unfortunately, these moment to ‘build characters’ are faulty anddo not work well. It is surprising that this film has very manyscenes that are designed to depict the human sides of both thevillains and the hero yet not scene attains this objectiveeffectively and to a greater depth. Most of the crime movies focusmainly on the con artists and big scams. Other movies concentrate onwar crimes. However, unlike these movies, Boiling Point presetsonly very few run-of-the mill capers. In the movie, we keep onexpecting that Red will come up with something that is brilliant.However, ‘card up his sleeve’ is what we learn about early: thatRed is leading Ronnie on during the time in which he trains him to behis assassins. On his side, Red, does not like killing and he detestsit. He does not only detest killing but also he also does not likecarrying a gun.

While the Boiling Point film is based on Money Mennovel, which limits the plot scope given that the novel is based on atrue story, the way in which the film converts the story to thescreen is without a style (Allon 72). However, the analysis of themovie appears to suggest that some attempt might have been made tocorrect issues during the movie editing time (mere look at the movieshows that it has been heavily edited). However despite this effort,there is only so much which can be done in the post production. Thefault in plot of the movie and failure to fit amply within the genrein which it belongs (crime movie genre) is conspicuous not only bythe way in which the story unfolds and its predictability, but alsoby the extent to which there are less actions and scenes that aredominant features in most of the crime films.


In a nutshell, Boiling Point is an unspectacular film which willvanish so easily in the memories of crime film fans. The movie ismediocre of a crime film and fails the trust of the best work that isdone by a renowned producer of the caliber of Wesley Snipes.

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