Plot: What’s it about?
Lewis (Salvator Xuereb) and Clark (Dan Gunther) are explorers, but these aren’t the two fellows you’ve read about in textbooks, not by any means. These dudes have escaped from prison and are on a trek across the nation, in search of some real treasure, in the form of solid gold. The venture seems calm and uneventful, until the two decide to pick up George (Rose McGowan), a beautiful young woman who needs a ride. Although George is unable to speak, as she is a mute, she is very active and always seems to be in the middle of the escaped cons’ plans. But of course, the two opt to keep some aspects of their lives between them, leaving George in the dark in certain instances. But this isn’t a serious problem, as George seems to have some secrets of her own, which she is bound to reveal at some point in this trek. As this threesome crosses the landscape in search of the gold, they leave behind a wake of death and destruction. But will Lewis and Clark’s plans unfold as expected, or does George have her own agenda, as to how this little road trip will come to an end?
I had read a lot of mixed reviews on this film, so I was unsure of which side to believe, which meant I had pretty much no expectations before I viewed this picture. I knew the movie had a dark edge and I liked some of the cast members, so I figured it was at least worth a look. I ended up liking this movie more than I thought I would, but I can understand why the reviews were so mixed in this case. I don’t think the film is too dark by any means, but the somewhat weak twists involved instead prove to be what turned off audiences here. I wouldn’t say the twists are terrible or anything, but they do lack the spice we’ve come to expect, especially from a flick that thrives on twists, like Lewis & Clark & George. But the film is a fun ride and even with some lame moments, proves to be more than worth a look. I have to admit however, Rose McGowan is the saving grace for this picture, as her looks and skills alone keep this one afloat at times, more often than not in fact. A little predictable and sometimes weak, Lewis & Clark & George is still a fun movie and if you’re a fan of dark flicks, then I recommend this one on a rental basis.
As I stated above, sometimes Rose McGowan is all this movie has and in most cases, that proves to be more than enough. McGowan is given a sketch to work with pretty much, but she brings George to life very well and never falters much in the end. She works within the limits of the material well, but I can’t help but wonder how this role could have been, with some better writing to power it along at times. McGowan is a very talented performer and that shows here all the time, as she seems totally at ease in her role, even when it is given little room to be animated. Her looks are also showcased in fine form here, which is good, as she has a dark beauty that shines in this flick. I like McGowan’s work a lot and as such, I hope to see her more lead roles very soon. Other films with McGowan include Jawbreaker, Ready To Rumble, The Doom Generation, Scream, Phantoms, and The Last Stop. The rest of the cast here includes Salvator Xuereb (Barb Wire, Natural Born Killers), Dan Gunther (Galaxy Quest), Art LaFleur (The Replacements, Field of Dreams), James Brolin (Capricorn One, Traffic), and Paul Bartel (Piranha, Caddyshack II).
Video: How does it look?
Lewis & Clark & George is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. I do wish this was an anamorphic transfer, but the image here is still good, much better than I expected. The main issue is the presence of edge enhancement, but it is not extreme by any means, although the added resolution of anamorphic treatment would clean them right up, I am sure. The colors seem bright, flesh tones are natural, and the contrast is well balanced, all the primary elements are in fine form in this case. I was pleased with how sharp and detailed the image was, but again I wish this had been given an anamorphic nod as well.
Audio: How does it sound?
Although this film offers some solid potential in terms of audio, the included stereo track is unable to do much with that potential. I would liken this track to how the film would sound on television, which means the audio is decent, but lacks the depth a surround track could allow. I was never that let down here though, as most scenes come off in good form, although a handful of sequences would benefit from the extra surround presence. The music and impact sound effects do come off as restrained, but not to the extent where it all sounds bad, so no real complaints. The elements seem in decent enough form here, especially the dialogue, which is clean and always easy to understand.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc houses some filmographies, as well as the film’s trailer.