Plot: What’s it about?
Is it purely coincidence that a movie comes out with the two lead actors both being nominated for oscars in different movies? Probably not, but it’s always nice to see the terrific Denzel Washington in a movie. Even in this movie, where he literally doesn’t even move hardly an inch, he is terrific! With that being said…The Bone Collector is a movie that didn’t exactly ignite the box office on fire, but it has a very strong cast, a good storyline and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Amelia Donaghay played by Angelina “I’m Jon Voight’s daughter” Jolie was a role that I wasn’t really convinced that she could play. I mean, how many New York City cops look like Angelina Jolie? Ameliaa is a young, but not rookie, idealistic cop who is following in her late father’s footsteps of being a policeman(woman), when she is suddenly thrust into an investigation that leads her to Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington). At first, the two do not hit it off, Lincoln has a good heart and admires her work, but is a bit too bossy. Lincoln, even more so is running out of time himself. He was injured 4 years ago that has left him with only the use of his index finger, shoulders and head, but still manages to keep his spirts up and is still helpin the local boys in blue solve crimes. At his aid is his nurse, Thelma (Queen Latifah) who even manages to get in on the action of solving crimes by the end of the movie. Anyhow, bodies are turning up and, as you might have guessed, bones are left as clues. What are they? What do they mean? Who will be next? That’s what the NYPD is asking and Lincoln and Amelia are trying to find out. This movie is suspenseful, and yet dark enough to make you really get into it. It kind of has a Se7en sense about it, in terms of the murders and how they evetually end up being linked, but it’s fresh enough and well-directed by Phillip Noyce (The Saint) to hold your attention and maybe even watch it a few more times. For fans of the movie, it has a commentary and a few DVD ROM features, for non fans I would recommend that you at least give it a rental.
Video: How does it look?
Universal rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. As I mentioned before, this is a darker movie with little if any true daylight shots being shown. Scenes take place in alleys, subways and at night. The 2.35:1 anamorphic image looks crystal clear and is a true reason to show the benefits of 16:9 enhancement. Nice job.
Audio: How does it sound?
A Dolby Digital 5.1 and a DTS 5.1 soundtrack are both used, testing out my new DTS receiver, I was more than pleased with both the soundtracks, but I’d have to give the edge to the DTS (as in most cases). While the DD packs more of a whallop, the DTS has the little differences that make the soundtrack all the more interesting to listen to. Both have great channel seperation and are very clear. Whichever you chosse, you won’t be disappointed.
Supplements: What are the extras?
A Spotlight on Location and feature length commentary by Phillip Noyce are the two main extra features, but I really like the inclusion of the DTS soundtrack (which Universal is doing more and more these days, and I might add they do it on one disc thus not “making” you buy another…kudos!). Also included are the standard Universal Production Notes, cast bios and trailer. Overall, a very solid disc. While the actors may or may not go on to win Oscars in other movies, check them out in this one as well…they don’t disappoint.