I was finally able to check out this film on Blu-ray as I missed it in the theater. I was underwhelmed but the film to say the least. As for the Blu-ray, it is another example of the seemingly unrelenting teal fad that infects too many films IMHO. On the plus side, it is not as bad on most films. Blacks are great and detail is for the most part excellent, although there are spots in the film that are a tad soft. Very good but not reference. The audio presentation is superb, in terms of overall fidelity, immersion and dynamics. The film itself is poorly put together, with tons of editing errors. Too many quick edits too, to spice up the fight sequences and hide the inconsistencies in the chase sequences. The plot? Well, there really isn't one. The film is just one fight and chase scene after another. Rather mindless stuff. As someone who has spent a good deal of time in Istanbul, it is a real shame that more of the city isn't featured here. There are toms of great locales there that could have been used. It looks like they used about 2 blocks of the city for filming. There is also no US Embassy in Istanbul as it is not the capital of Turkey, Ankara is. There is a US Consulate in Istanbul, although it is a large one and very well fortified, as most are there. I was expecting a ton more from this film.An opportunity missed IMHO, although the video and audio should be more than pleasing to fans of the film.
post #1 of 16
1/16/13 at 8:41am