Bangkok Dangerous (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Joe (Nicolas Cage) is one of the best in his field and since his field is murder for hire, that is no small praise. He has lived his life by the code of the assassins, taken out his targets with lethal efficiency, and now he is on the brink of his final assignments. His career has been extensive and his work has become legend among his peers, but the time has come for Joe to step back and enter a more normal existence. His last task is to take out four targets in Bangkok, so he just has to stay hidden, execute his orders, and leave no trace of his presence. While he has been able to remain detached from his work to this point, he finds himself torn on his final assignment. He has gotten involved in a situation that complicates his task, which means serious trouble is around the bend. Can he finish his final assignment, or will his last task prove to be his end?

This is a movie about an elite level hitman and the word “dangerous” is in the title, so you would think Bangkok Dangerous is one wild action ride. As it turns out, not so much. The film has some action scenes, but they’re infrequent and even then the level of kinetic action isn’t where it should be. In an action movie, you shouldn’t be able to take your eyes off the action, but here the real center of attention is Nicolas Cage’s awful hair appliance. Can’t a hitman just have a deeply receded hairline? Cage’s hair here is just hilarious and really draws attention from the movie itself, though in this case, maybe that is optimal. Without much action, the plot has to carry the load and of course, it doesn’t. I found Bangkok Dangerous to be a poorly crafted, poorly executed movie that never even gets out of the gate. Even if you’re a diehard action fan or a devotee of Cage’s work, skip Bangkok Dangerous and seek out one of countless better movies out there.

Video: How does it look?

Bangkok Dangerous is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a new release of a well funded production, so I expected a slick, impressive visual presentation. In truth however, this looks like an upconverted DVD at times and never reminds you that you’re watching a high definition movie. The detail is passable, but again barely improves upon the DVD and at this point, that is inexcusable. The colors don’t even pop much, though contrast is stark and consistent. I was just floored by how underwhelming this transfer is, shame on Lionsgate.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio picks up the slack for the visuals, as this DTS HD 7.1 option is a monster. The few action scenes sparkle here, with ample surround presence that delivers the boom. That makes me wish the filmmakers had done more in terms of action, as the audio is just excellent and draws you into those scenes. But even calmer sequences benefit, as general atmosphere is well done and adds a natural atmosphere. No issues in terms of dialogue whatsoever, while the music makes good use of the soundtrack’s power. This release also includes a French language track, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes two brief featurettes, an alternate end sequence, and the film’s theatrical trailer. The second disc holds a digital copy, for use on the portable device of your choice.

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