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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a unique way of making a "real difference"... Sept. 28 2010
By trebe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Juncture (2007) is an interesting and provocative drama that centers around Anna Carter (Christine Blackport). In her 20's, she is executive director of the Lamont Foundation, a philanthropic organization. Anna has a terminal brain tumor, and has just a few months to live. With an extremely short term perspective, she has decided that the best way to "help", is to kill those that perpetrate crimes.

Anna's job takes her to various places across the country. Often travelling on a private jet, she apparently is able to bring firearms with her. While in town on business, she also squeezes in time for some vigilante justice, after having carefully researched the case, and concluding that her victim deserves to die. Whether by violence or other means, Anna has the will and resolve to see that "justice" is done. Her actions separate her from society, and the drive to complete her mission, affects her closest personal relationships.

It might be fair to assume that before the tumor changed her life, Anna was something of a do-gooder. If so, it is clear is that this is no longer the case. She has chosen a dangerous course of action, and is determined to see it through. Violence is part of her past, as her family was killed in a home invasion. Orphaned, she was rescued by Jonathan Lamont (John Hutton), and later joined his foundation. Romance comes into her life in the form of Dr. Michael Reese (Bill LeVasseur), but mere love won't keep Anna from continuing her mission, keeping her activities secret from her best friend Chloe (Elizabeth Rose) and her mentor Jonathan, as the pain in her head continues to increase. When she stumbles, and the law closes in on her, events take some unexpected turns, that sends Anna on a very personal mission.

Director James Seale had positive experiences shooting his previous film Throttle (2005) in Denver. Much of Juncture is also shot in Denver, and features many local actors, including star Christine Blackport, who makes her feature film debut. Blackport is far from an action hero type, but manages to bring some toughness to the role. Juncture is pretty dark, and remains uncompromisingly so, as the character Anna Carter, isn't sweetened to be more likeable. The vigilante thing may not be too believable, but Anna's imperfections help to make the character more real, as she botches up an attempt to send a priest to meet his maker, and her careless with another victim almost costs her life.

The film features a fairly comprehensive making of featurette, and an informative and fun commentary track with director Searle, producer Kevin Duncan, director of photography Richard Lerner, and a very enthusiastic Christine Blackport. Lots of fun facts are revealed, as quite a lot was accomplished on a modest budget.

Juncture is more of a tale of suspense, and examination of morality, rather than a shoot em up. There are some issues with story, which certainly could have been tighter, but it mostly holds your interest. The action scenes, while not always plausible, are mostly well done. If the subject of vigilantism tickles your fancy, you may want to take a look.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining Indie Aug. 15 2008
By LA Shppr Grl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie was a nice surprise. Better than I thought it would be for a small indie. Some great extras features too that you almost never find with low budget films. Beautiful cinematography and excellent pacing, it's more of a drama/suspense film than an action/thriller.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A hack script shot poorly with terrible actors May 19 2012
By James Beswick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I saw Juncture at a film festival in San Rafael and it truly ranks as one of the worst films I've seen in a long time. Given that indie festival attendees are generally routing for the movies they attend, by the end the entire audience was less interested in the Q&A with film-makers and more in getting out the door as fast as possible.

Juncture's basic problem is that it's a hack script that's shot poorly with terrible actors. The story focuses upon Anna - a woman with terminal brain cancer who decides to improve the world by killing bad guys before she dies. This is a new spin on the La Femme Nikita concept but whereas Nikita's background and character were developed, Anna is a two-dimensional drawing - essentially she has a gun and a major headache. It's such a huge leap to assume that anyone with a terminal illness wants to elevate their status to 'vigilante' that it really never takes off from there.

Kristine Blackport is not good at acting. In close-ups where good actors can convey subtle emotions, she tends to convey blinking and staring. I'm not sure whether it's her fault or the director's but it pulls the rug from any emotional connection the audience has. The directing and camera work is uneven and wouldn't pass in even a basic TV show, as is the sound engineering that leaves our hero mumbling and the music comparatively too loud.

I hate to slam indie films because it's difficult to raise the money and make the movie but this is undoubtedly one of the worst I've seen and I can't forgive the fact that it's practically unwatchable due to the complete lack of quality on any level.
Hack Director Meets Lame Script Aug. 2 2010
By Only-A-Child - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
John Huston once said that a good story should have "excitement, color, spectacle and humor, adventure, high drama, tragedy, good conversation, truth and irony". Although 2007's "Juncture" is missing most of these ingredients it does manage to put most of its tiny budget on the screen in a professional manner and should get high marks for the crew's hard work. But it is one of those sow's ears to silk purse things where you just can't do much with such a weak script (thankfully the writer has had no screen credits since).

This low budget action picture is basically a combination of "Death Wish" (1974) and "La Femme Nikita" (1990); with a sterile heroine both homicidal and irritable from a bad headache.

Kristine Blackport, in her first and only feature, plays Anna Carter, an executive who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. With three months to live she decides to check out with a bang by taking out criminals who have abused children and been inadequately punished by the judicial system. That old vigilante justice thing.

Blackport looks like Leighton Meester, which probably accounts for a lot of close-ups of her face and eyes. This is a good thing with Meester, because an "actress" is able to use close-ups to nonverbally convey things about her character and to connect with viewers. Unfortunately Blackport's skills are more on the order of Ali Larter (well maybe not quite that bad); with an emotional and sensuality range confined to a look of dull surprise and the occasional blink. A competent "acting for the camera" director could have helped, but James Seale appears to entirely lack that skill set. Like the writer, he too has been on the sidelines since directing this movie. Blackport fares much better on the DVD's behind the scenes featurette, where you begin to suspect that Seale's directing contributions add up to "less than zero".

So poor Blackport gamely plods around with little help from the likewise unskilled supporting cast as they cut back and forth between wide master shots and extreme closeups; without managing to create an identifiable point of view or a character with any sort of dimensionality.

The DVD release includes a filmmaker's commentary (gag), a behind the scenes featurette (excellent), deleted scenes, trailers, and Spanish subtitles. Given all this extra stuff it is extremely odd that they did not choose to include English subtitles. The audio is a not very good and Blackport's squeaky "Rocky the Flying Squirrel" voice is often inaudible. Maybe this was a way to add some dimensionality to the Anna Carter character, a viewer can mentally replace inaudible elements of lame dialogue with comments from Robert Shiller about the state of the economy.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't look away from the screen Feb. 24 2009
By William Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I popped the DVD in late one night to get some preview extras before I went to bed. I ended up watching the whole film right to the end. It's not too often that a film can pull me in that easily.


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