Rated: R For language and violence. Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: April 16, 1993 Released by: Warner Brothers
Promoted as an action/adventure, Boiling Point is really more of a laid-back character study.
Wesley Snipes plays Jimmy Mercer, a federal agent based in California, who's given seven days to find his partner's killer, before his superior transfers him to Newark.
Red Diamond (Dennis Hopper) is a con man who, along with his young accomplice, kills Mercers partner in a counterfeit sting gone wrong. He also has seven days to come up with $50,000 that he borrowed from a mob boss (Tony LoBianco in a solid performance).
Diamond is a loser with big dreams and an ex-wife (Valerie Perrine) who's heard every one of his lies before, yet still hooks up with him again, hoping this time will be different. Hopper gives one of his best performances to date as the scam artist who would rather be at the palace dancing to 1940s big band music than almost anything else.
Mercer has an ex-wife and son whom he doesn't see often. For company, he depends on Lolita Davidovitch (Blaze), a high-class prostitute, who would move in with him, if he would only ask.
All the characters have incomplete lives, searching for something or someone better, and most of the scenes take place inside the palace or on the streets at night.
The large ensemble cast is super, especially Snipes who's low-key and all business and Hopper, who's all flash and drive. He has red hair, snappy outfits and a jaunty walk filled with attitude.
Movie-goers expecting car chases, and a lot of violence and acton will be disappointed. It's slow moving and reminiscent of a 1940s detective film with good acting and an interesting story.