Survivor (Blu-ray)

July 31, 2015 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Taking a break from the seemingly endless Resident Evil films, Milla Jovovich stars as Kate Abbott. Kate is a security officer at the US embassy in London and helps to double check applications. We see her skepticism of one man who draws her immediate suspicion. Because her very job makes it harder for the wrong people to get their visas, she’s targeted by Nash (Pierce Brosnan). There’s an explosion one day and Nash spots Kate and is seconds away from shooting her until an explosion interrupts this. Kate is now aware that she is being targeted and is now on the run. Things only get worse for Kate when her boss meets her and attempts to murder her. After a scuffle, she ends up killing him and is caught on video fleeing the scene. The film not only shows the terror of living in the post 9/11 world, but we also see how it’s so easy to capture things with nothing more than your smartphone. Robert Forster and Dylan McDermott provide supporting roles here, but it’s largely Mila’s performance that is the focus. Even Brosnan takes a backseat here. He does fine work, but long gone are his 007 days where he was effortlessly killing people. Here he’s a little bit grayer with a few more wrinkles as well.

There are some good chase sequences and enough action to keep things moving along nicely, but the film can’t help but feeling generic. It’s not so much a bad film as it is a clichéd one. We’ve seen this sort of film too many times and it hardly registers. We get a semi-interesting premise with a poor execution. There are also some implausible moments as well. For one, Kate sees Nash trying to kill her and there are several police cars driving by. Why doesn’t she simply stop and report him? She inexplicably keeps running. It also doesn’t help that we don’t really get a good villain here. We’re so used to Brosnan as James Bond that it can be hard to unlearn all that. It doesn’t help that Nash really isn’t that interesting of a character. At the end of the day, there just isn’t enough here worth recommending. There are far too many better films of this sort that are worth watching rather than bothering with this one.

Video: How’s it look?

We get a solid 2.40:1 AVC encoded image that is consistently solid throughout. Details are evident early on and no issues emerge that cause concern. The print is clean and free of flaws and facial details are nicely heightened here. Fans will be pleased with this transfer.

Audio: How’s it sound?

We’re treated to a Dolby TrueHD track here that satisfies as well. Vocals were always nice and crisp and the action sequences add a nice punch.  The rear channels stay pretty active, adding nice details to the mix. This is a good track to accompany the film.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Deleted Scenes – Five short scenes, nothing that adds anything to the film.
  • The Making of Survivor – Despite its brevity, this feature still contains some nice notes. We learn that Sony was originally behind the film as well as the origins of the story. It’s clear that the cast and crew were passionate about the project.
  • Previews

The Bottom Line

It has its moments and Jovovich is certainly up to the challenge of carrying the film. It’s the script that lets us down here. There’s just nothing particularly original here, and it’s been done (and much better) than it is here. Skip it.

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