After a daring art heist in Barcelona, Ellen Pompeo is ordered by her aggrieved client (EdLauter) to track down his lost paintings. Pompeo’s ex-husband, William Baldwin, arrives inSpain to protect his ex whether she wants his help or not. It looks like she’ll need it, as she findsherself up to her neck in conspiracies and being framed for the thefts herself.
Behind an utterly banal title lurks an utterly banal thriller. The opening shot is pretty nifty,but that’s mo…e thanks to the sound than anything else (see below). Otherwise, this is by-the-numbers direct-to-video fare, with everything from the action scenes to the dialogue comingacross as tired hand-me-downs from countless other movies.
But that sound is pretty impressive. In the opening scenes, as parachutes whoosh by thecamera, said whoosh bursts in startling fashion from first one rear speaker, than another.The placement is absolutely top-notch (and the Mozart soundtrack doesn’t hurt at all during thissequence, either). Though the sound isn’t enough to save the banality of the movie, it is still afine job.
The picture is 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The colourrs are good, the blacks solid, andthe flesh tones accurate. There is no grain visible, but there is some edge enhancement creatinga few issues here and there. The image is sharp enough. The cinematography isn’t particularlyinspiring, but the transfer is good.
Trailers for Art Heist, Face of Terror, Anacondas: Hunt for the BloodOrchid and Dead Birds are your only extras. The menu is basic.
By the numbers mediocrity, with no real extras. Nice sound, but that isn’t enough.
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