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post #1 of 3 Old 02-24-2012, 06:05 PM - Thread Starter
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84






Studio and Year: Anchor Bay Films - 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 94 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish Mono
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Tracy Morgan, Channing Tatum, James Ransone, Brian Gilbert, Ray Liotta, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Juliette Binoche
Directed by: Dito Montiel
Music by: Dickon Hinchliffe
Written by: Dito Montiel
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 21, 2012







"Serve. Protect. Lie."



Film Synopsis:

A young cop is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, and an old secret threatens to destroy his life and his family.


My Take:

Anonymous hand written letters are being sent to a reporter (Juliette Binoche) for the Queens Gazette, talking of a police cover-up of 2 murders from 1986. Jonathan White (Tatum), a rookie NYC cop is assigned to work on the re-opening of this old double homicide that happened in his old queens neighborhood. 30 minutes in we know that it was a young Jonathan who committed the murders, and who the players are. The only real mystery is from who and why these letters are being sent. I called who was sending them right away, and at the end of the movie wondered why all the melodramatic fuss.

Slow can be good, good when its a massive pressure cooker of a build up and the pay off is worth the time invested. The Son Of No One is slow, but not in that good way. It plays us like fools giving us the answers yet slowly plodding along like we have no idea. Starring Channing Tatum (this years "it" boy), Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche and Tracy Morgan, this one must have had producers high hopes crushed with the final product, especially considering it went straight to video. I must say Tatum was not as wooden as usual here and Tracey Morgan was much better when not doing his comedy shtick (which I cant stand). The film is never lets go of its depressing feeling, and is just a bummer to watch. There is no excitement or real intrigue and whatever sparks of originality the film had was resolved to being a standard police drama with painful pacing.




Parental Guide:

Rated R for violence, pervasive language and brief disturbing sexual content.





AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


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Audio: 80



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Video: 88



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The Son Of No One comes Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay Entertainment & Starz featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24.8 mbps and Dolby TrueHD sound that has an average bitrate of 3.3 mbps

The Son Of No One is another great release from Anchor Bay. Fine Details and Black Levels are very strong and colors are real life, with variations coming from a colder hue in flashback scenes. Mixing this 35mm film with the best details Blu-ray can offer can make for a stunning image. There are some moments where details fade a little, and I attribute this to sacrifices needed to fit on a BD2-5 disc. Still very impressive. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track is moody and fitting of the film, but a bit underwhelming. Dialogue is precise and articulate, always in the proper place in the sound-stage. The few moments it needs to be big it fails, but it mostly it is a talker with limited need for LFE and surround activity. Good dialogue aside, this one is lacking in all other departments.





Bonus Features:


  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Dito Montiel and Executive Producer/Editor Jake Pushinsky

  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

  • (HD) Trailer




Final Thoughts:

The Son Of No One is a standard police melodrama, the likes of we have seen before and we have seen better. Anchor Bay delivers a well above average presentation, but the supplemental features are lacking. Besides any draw the cast has, this one is slow and clichéd, boring and depressing. There is a reason this one didn't get a wide theatrical release.





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Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, and Juliette Binoche in the same movie...and it sucks? I'm guessing this was one of those "You gotta eat..." movies.

Thanks for taking another hit for us, Lee..though I think you should hold out for a higher class of film to review next time.

...and I need your sweet love, Latina T-Mobile girl Toyota lady!
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Anonymous hand written letters are being sent to a reporter (Juliette Binoche) for the Queens Gazette, talking of a police cover-up of 2 murders from 1986. Jonathan White (Tatum), a rookie NYC cop is assigned to work on the re-opening of this old double homicide that happened in his old queens neighborhood. 30 minutes in we know that it was a young Jonathan who committed the murders, and who the players are.

Hmmm, so a pre-schooler committed 2 murders, and got away with it?

(Tatum was born in 1980, and usually plays much younger than he is.)

Sounds like a wild premise.
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