Plot: What’s it about?
Keanu Reeves just isn’t the star he once was. That may or may not be any fault of his own as times change and actors age. That doesn’t mean he can’t be a bit more selective in his film roles. In my review of Knock Knock I stated how he took on a bit of Nic Cage’s mannerisms and over the top acting. He seems to have picked up another of Cage’s bad habits and that’s choosing any role that comes upon him. What he saw in this absolute mess of a film is beyond me. Exposed is not only an overly confusing experience, but also a dull film with nothing of interest. There’s nothing here for the audience to grab onto and connect with.
The film involves a young Latino woman witnessing a miracle. The woman is Isabele and she is played by Ana de Armas. A parallel story involves police Detective Scott Galban (Keanu Reeves) who is investigating the recent death of his partner. As the film progresses, we learn the ways their stories are connected. It should be noted that the film is bilingual with large portions in Spanish. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it all went wrong here, but the acting is a major reason. Keanu Reeves looks exhausted and bored throughout the entire film, and the rest of the actors just sort of plod around. The “Who Cares?” outcome of the story is another issue. It’s just all over the place in terms of narrative and it became a chore to become invested here. I knew next to nothing going into this film, but figured there’d at least be some cheap thrills or possibly some good action sequences. Negative. Awful from beginning to end.
Video: How’s it look?
The video presentation is pitch perfect. The image is presented in an AVC encoded 2.40:1. This is a rather dark film, but it doesn’t seem to be compromised by any contrast or black level issues. Detail is amazingly sharp and we see Keanu’s mane of hair (in Speed crew-cut form here) can be made out in the utmost detail. Yes, the once fresh-faced actor is now sporting a few wrinkles and thanks to the video presentation, we have no time identifying them. This Blu-ray doesn’t have any compression issues that I could find. Simply put, John Wick looks fantastic on Blu-ray.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack has some genuine amazing moments. Surrounds almost always seem to spurt out something adding to the ambiance. As with an formulaic action/drama film, this has a few instances that made the soundtrack really come to life, but they’re few and far between. That said, it’s not a bad track and modern technology certainly helps even the most mundane films at least sound good. It’s a shame that there are so many other films out there that would kill to sound this good. Still, it’s marred by what’s taking place on screen.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- The Making of Exposed – A by the book EPK with interviews with the cast and crew all saying how they loved the script, etc.
- Extended Cast Interviews – Pretty much the same thing as the above, but with more talking by the actors.
- Trailer Gallery – Admittedly, the trailer isn’t that bad. But then again, the point of a trailer is to entice viewers to watch the film. I wonder how the editor of this trailer can sleep at night?
The Bottom Line
I fail to see what anyone found promising about this film. Let me Expose (pardon the pun) it for what it is: a terrible film. Reeves looks particularly bored here and the story has nothing we can connect with. Skip it.