Wire Room (Blu-ray)

While on wire room duty, a federal agent listens in as the target is attacked in his home by a hit squad. Without burning the wire, he must protect the investigation and the target's life from the confines of a room fifty miles away.

October 7, 2022 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Kevin Dillon seems to be doing as many films as possible these days are Bruce Willis, and both star in Wire Room. In fact, both also stared in A Day to Die as well. Thankfully, Wire Room doesn’t feel like a total time waster as it kept me reasonably involved. Going by the silly cover art and horrendous reviews, I thought I was in for a rough ride. I am happy to report that this one, while far from great, was sill entertaining. I believe Willis to have a few remaining films left to be released since his retirement. Like many of his recent ones, he is merely a costar here as his screentime is rather limited. Dillon is front and center, and I am ok with that. While not the most obvious choice for an action star, you could do a lot worse.

We’re introduced to recruit, Justin Rosa (Dillon) who is looking for a different career path, so he accepts a job in the wire room. It’s essentially a security job keeping your eyes on multiple cameras at a time and listening in to crucial information. Though we see in the early moments just how boring the job can be. Those working in the wire room are to monitor criminals and snitches, listening for important details. Bruce Willis plays his boss named Shane, who has a strict set of rules he wants Justin to follow. He is also quick to exit for the evening and leave Justin to it. Justin’s primary objective is to observe a man, Eddie (Oliver Trevena), inside his house which is heavily monitored. And before long, the action kicks in and the bullets fly.

I don’t know what it was, but this one went down easy for me. Perhaps it was setting the bar so low in my mind that it couldn’t possibly be worse than the lowest expectations, but this one just worked for me. I will say it again, but the terrible reviews and comments from viewers had me not looking forward at all to watching this. Some of the action can seem repetitive and without much really at stake, but I was also never bored with it.

Video: How’s it look?

I’ve been seeing 2.00:1 as a more familiar ratio in recent months than before. Expect my usual remarks here as the film looks great in HD. It’s new and I am assuming shot digitally that there are little to no imperfections here. Good colors and strong details made this an easy one to review.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The DTS HD track also impresses as during all the action scenes it keeps us engaged. Expect a lot and robust track during much of the film. The quieter moments had good clarity as well as I didn’t need to adjust the volume too often. There’s good balance and range here to compliment the strong visuals.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Theatrical Trailer

The Bottom Line

Maybe I am being too easy on this film since I set the bar so low in my head, but I went with it. It didn’t bore me and had a basic, but effective enough premise. I am not saying rush to buy it or see it, but should you stumble across it, you could do a lot worse. Under the right circumstances, give it a rent.

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