“Check Point,” an upcoming action film about a band of unlikely heroes working to take down a sleeper cell in a small-town community, continues to grow in popularity after the world premiere of its trailer at Comic-Con in Santa Fe, N.M., last Saturday.
WWE legend Bill Goldberg, who is also in the film, presented the trailer at the Con with director Thomas J. Churchill, according to a press release issued by Dark Water Productions. Its combination of action and patriotism not only marked “Check Point” as highly anticipated, but it also generated a nationwide fan base long before the trailer premiered.
In an interview with atombash.com, cast member Michelle Lee expressed her appreciation for those fans.
“I’m super excited about the support for “Check Point” because it’s a fan base that I feel understands the actual level of action and the story points that we’re talking about,” the “Mortal Kombat” TV actress and Long Beach, Calif., native said. “I feel like these are the people that really get us and get what message we’re putting across.”
That message touches on the reality of today’s headlines: Americans exercising their rights and putting their lives at risk to defend their country and freedom. It’s a message that lead actor Kenny Johnson (“Bates Motel”) said is naturally garnering fan support.
“I think it’s a beautiful thing that we still believe in what our Constitution stands for,” Johnson told atombash.com. “So the fact that people actually can react in such a positive way to support us to maintain that is a beautiful thing.”
“Check Point” begins the story with Roy (played by Johnson), a Marine-turned-vagrant who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after losing his family to a tornado and his military brothers in war.
“He kind of gave up hope,” Johnson said, regarding his character. “He gave everything he could to defend our country. All he really did was check out because the people that he loved the most were gone and he kind of got lost.”
While homeless and isolated from the rest of the Port City, N.C., community, Roy starts to suspect the presence of a sleeper cell in the small town – but no one believes him. It isn’t until the beheading of soldiers reaches the news that the townsfolk question how much they actually know about each other, when they thought they knew everything.
With the help of Sheriff Hancock (“Raising Arizona” actor William Forsythe), Roy assembles a team of residents to prevent the insurgents from turning their attack into a full-blown U.S. invasion.
“Everyone kind of thinks [Roy is] crazy and he’s not,” Johnson continued. “He’s trying to come back and finds this last cause for fighting for his country. He takes a last stand and comes together with the people that he shut out for the past 18 months. They come together for a cause which could affect our home.”
Lee’s character, Suzie, is a restaurant owner and what the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actress dubs “a fish out of water.”
“She’s doing everything that she can, she’s a go-getter, and she’s a tough chick,” Lee said. “So I think she’s pretty cool. I think she does what it takes and doesn’t apologize for it, and that’s why I love the character.”
“Check Point” also stars Fred Williamson (“Starsky and Hutch”), Tyler Mane (“X-Men”), Mindy Robinson (“King of the Nerds”) and Stephen Geoffreys (“Fright Night”).
“The Shield” actor Johnson’s wealth of experience filming fight scenes, along with 12 years of boxing and spending ample time with military personnel – including those with PTSD, in order to fully get into character – gave him the skills he needed for “Check Point.”
“The whole thing ties in,” Johnson said. “You get to actually use it and embrace the brotherhood of the military and what they’re all about. Military support is awesome. Those guys are the real heroes. They’re just the best at what they do and they want to do it for our freedom and for each other. And I think our movie represents that.”
If there is one thing about “Check Point” the cast wants you to know, it’s not your typical film about heroism – it’s about unity, prevailing and being selfless in carrying out justice.
“I think in times of need, when people come together to help each other out and to help a greater cause, that’s a beautiful thing,” Lee said. “I think our movie touches on that. That’s why it’s so special and it means something, too, [rather] than just the regular action movie. There’s a piece of heart to that.”
According to the press release, “Check Point” will tentatively hit theaters on Memorial Day weekend in 2016. In the meantime, you can view the trailer on YouTube and follow the film’s progress on Facebook.