No Alibi

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The life of Bob Lessing (Dean Cain) is about to become more exciting, when a beautiful stranger, Camille (Lexa Doig) enters the picture. She comes on strong to Lessing and manages to become quite close to him, but he is unsure why this attention has been thrust onto him. But Lessing is a wealthy businessman and handsome to boot, so it isn’t like Camille is the first gorgeous gal to throw herself at him. Her real intentions have little to do with Lessing’s charms though, as she is a go between for her lover, Vic (Eric Roberts) and he is a criminal. Vic hopes that Camille can get so close to Lessing that he would share all his secrets, including where he has hidden a massive amount of drug related cash. Soon however, the two discover that Lessing might not even be the right man, perhaps this is just a case of mistaken identity. But then again, perhaps not and this leaves them in a state of total doubt. But with danger around all of them, which of them will manage to survive this intense game of cat and mouse?

In the realm of cinema, suspense/thrillers are a dime a dozen and few even manage to be worth the time to check out. A small fraction are pretty good, a moderate amount of them are miserable, but most of them just seem to fall within the decent lines. So while you’re safe to explore the genre, chances are slim that you’ll run into an intense one. As such, I never have my hopes too high with the genre, which usually saves me from being let down. This is the case with No Alibi, which turns out to be worth watching, but doesn’t move much above the decent level of standards. This is a lower profile film and the budget wasn’t immense, but the whole turns out to be more than the sum of its parts. Eric Roberts and Dean Cain are pretty good and while things turn sour toward the finish, I think the writing is also quite decent. In a world filled with folks wanting more and more suspense/thrillers, No Alibi is more than a worth a rental, but I doubt many of you will feel the need to own this one. This is also due to the disc itself, which offers little in terms of added value.

When I saw that the leads in this film were Eric Roberts and Dean Cain, my expectations lowered a few notches, but I still held out hope. After all, these two might not be among the upper echelon of talent, but they’re not too bad either. I’ve seen Roberts in some terrific flicks and Cain was good on television, so I hoped they would at least match their previous efforts here. In the end, both went to much better lengths than I had expected and as a result, the film had much more punch that it might have had. I was a little worried the two might sleepwalk through their roles, but that was not the case here at all. Roberts (Best of the Best, Star 80) is terrific here and while this isn’t his best work, it is one of his finer recent performances. Also in fine form is Cain (Best Men, Futuresport), who seems relaxed and natural within his part, which is vital to the movie. The rest of the cast also includes Lexa Doig (Psycho Girls, Tv’s Tekwar), Peter Stebbings (Letting Go), and Melissa DeMarco (The Thin Blue Lie). The director of No Alibi is Bruce Pittman, who also helmed such films as Blood Brothers, Confidential, and Where The Spirit Lives.

Video: How does it look?

No Alibi is presented in a full frame transfer, which preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. This was a direct to video release and as far as that goes, this is as good as you can expect from a film of this nature. I saw a few instances of edge enhancement, but no other problems surface with this visual presentation. The black levels look stark and well balanced, while colors seem bold and natural, no issues with either aspect of the visuals. This might be a direct to video title, but it still looks terrific on this disc.

Audio: How does it sound?

This isn’t really an audio intense motion picture, so the included stereo surround track is more than adequate for the film’s needs. I found no real issues with this mix, as the elements all come across in fine form, but some might be let down with the lack of surround use found here. But since the movie doesn’t call for it, I don’t see the point in complaining about it at all. The music is quite good for a low budget production and this mix, sounds very good overall. I also heard no trouble signs from the sound effects or dialogue, which come through very well in this mix. You can also enable Spanish subtitles, if you need them.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes some talent files and the film’s trailer. I think a director’s commentary would go well with this film, but no such luck.

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