Jon Abrahams plays Lenny Burroughs. He’s about to get married and, to his fiancee’schagrin, continues to earn money by driving mob guy Peter Greene around. On this particularday, what he thinks is a simple errand turns out not to be when Greene kidnaps top mobster JeffBridges, the promptly gets himself killed. A terrified Abrahams holes up in his van with Bridgesat gunpoint, while the mysterious currents of the mob war play out around him. The cast is quiteimpressive (add M…rris Chestnut, Madchen Amick, R. Lee Ermey and Noah Wyle to the above),but the film is all set-up with no payoff. Chestnut and Amick in particular have thankless roles asdeli owners — their plot arc goes absolutely nowhere. In sum, a moderately entertaining film thatsuddenly wraps up and leaves thinking, “Is that it???”
A lot of attention went into this 5.1 track. The sense of environment almost perfectlyachieved, with lots of sound effects and left-right separation meticulously observed in both frontand rear speakers. The music sounds good too, with a very powerful mix. For all the power forthe music and effects, the dialogue never gets drowned out. (It should be pointed out that, for allthe use of sound effects, this is a quiet film.) Good as the sound effects are, the mix is sometimesa bit too enthusiastic, with the rear speakers jumping into action at moments that don’t alwaysmake sense.
The image is a satisfying 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The flesh tones and blacksare very good. The colours are natural. The opening shot is surprisingly dirty (stock footage,perhaps?), and there is a very small degree of grain. Basically very good stuff, though.
The menu is basic. The extras are just a handful of trailers: Scenes of the Crime,Double Vision, Hollywood Homicide, Identity and SWAT.
Interesting in its premise, disappointing in its final execution, the film still looks and soundsgood.
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