Boiling Point (1993)




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The boiling point is mighty low in this tepid action programmer. Wesley Snipes plays Jimmy Mercer, a Treasury agent whose sting operation goes bad. Engineered by Ronnie (Viggo Mortensen), a dull-witted but sadistic ex-con, the operation not only fails, but one of Jimmy's colleagues is killed by Ronnie in the process. As punishment, Jimmy is exiled to Newark, where he is given seven days to find the man responsible for the death of the officer. Meanwhile, slimy con-man Red (Dennis Hopper) has Ronnie deceived into thinking that Mercer is a big-time crook with influential connections. Red does this to enlist Ronnie's aid to participate in a third-rate crime spree. When Ronnie and Red begin their two-man crime wave, Jimmy is in relentless pursuit behind them.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Wesley Snipes
as Jimmy Mercer
Dennis Hopper
as Red Diamond
James Tolkan
as Levitt
Transaction Man
as Paul Gleason
Tobin Bell
as Roth
Dan Hedaya
as Brady
Paul Gleason
as Transaction Man
Bobby Hosea
as Steve
George Gerdes
as Henderson
James Pickens Jr.
as Prison Officer
Rick Dean
as Bartender
John Petievich
as Hotel Security Officer
Mark Phelan
as Banner
Nancy Sullivan
as Female Clerk
John Lander
as Coroner's Deputy
Lisa Kaseman
as Ballroom Dancer
Janet de May
as Vocalist
John David Sarviss
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Boiling Point

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

So slow-moving and lacking in excitement that it's torture to sit through.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007

Surprisingly tepid, especially considering the flick's title.

April 2, 2005

Promoted like an action movie, but there's one problem -- this movie has no action!

February 2, 2003

Though it is being sold as if it's a sequel to Wesley Snipes' Passenger 57, Boiling Point never percolates. In fact, it hardly works its temperature up to tepid.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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August 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for Boiling Point


It's a fun movie and has some pretty cool moments including the Principal from Breakfast Club getting shotgunned in the face and run over twice by a deranged Viggo Mortensen. However, this really suffers from not knowing who their main character is. Wesley Snipes is definitely marketed as the good guy action hero, but it's almost as if there is just as much time spent humanizing Dennis Hopper. It just makes the movie feel uneven when it could have been a really straightforward action extravaganza.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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A unremarkable movie. Cops bend the rules a bit to catch the bad guy.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Average action of Wesley Snipes I ever watched.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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