Plot: What’s it about?
This movie starts out in Madison, Wisconsin where a family of five lives. The mother, Beth, (Michelle Pfieffer) father, Pat, (Treat Williams) and their two sons and infant daughter live in a nice home and everything seems to be perfect. Which is how most of these chic flics start out. Anyway the father is going to stay home and work while mom is going to take her kids with her to Chicago for her 15 year class reunion. It seems that everyone in the reunion has arrived at the same time because the lobby of the hotel is going crazy with tons of people. Beth goes to check into the hotel and she leaves the infant girl Kerry with the baby sitter who is parking the car. She then tells Vincent, seven years old, to watch his brother Ben, three years old, and that she will be back shortly. After she gets back from checking in she goes back to where the boys are, but there is only Vincent and he doesn’t remember where Ben went. Beth panics and runs around looking for Ben and then they get the help of everyone in the lobby. Ben doesn’t show up so the father is called and then the police. The police show up first headed by Candy Bliss (Whoopi Goldberg) and they take over and search the hotel. The father then shows up distraught and talks to Beth and the police. Beth stays in Chicago to help with the police find her son while the rest of the Cappadora family heads back home to Madison. Ben is not found after six weeks of volunteer help by friends and strangers. So Beth goes home to Madison to join the rest of her family.
Nine years have past now and the family has moved to Chicago so Pat can join his father in running an Italian restaurant. The oldest boy Vincent seems to be getting into a lot of trouble with the family and the law. Vincent has turned into a high school thief who also doubles as a bookie. One day a boy is walking door to door trying to get some customers so he can mow their lawns. He walks up to the Cappadora household and Beth answers the door. She feels it is him almost right away. She takes pictures of Ben while he is mowing the lawn and compares it to pictures that were computer enhanced pictures of Ben when he was three to adjust what the boy would like now at the age of 12. They seemed to match and the case was opened once again. The police did some researching and found out the fingerprints even matched. It was now time to approach the boy at his house and arrest his so called parents that kidnapped him. A man answers the door and he doesn’t know what the police are talking about. It turns out that the reasoning behind the kidnap gives it a little twist and actually was the only thing that was interesting in this movie. If you want to know how the story ends then you might want to rent it for yourself. But be aware that this is not a very good movie and I don’t recommend it.
I rented this movie because my mother and girlfriend were bugging me to watch this for the last month. I broke down and had a free rental so I used it for them to watch this movie. I had nothing to do and the Laker game was over so I though I would sit through it and at least do a review. I wasn’t expecting much from this movie and that is usually when I am pleasantly surprised. Well not this time. The acting in this movie is never really convincing except for Michelle Pfieffer. And her character is so annoying to me in the sense that she is so selfish and inconsiderate. I heard that this was supposed to be a sad movie, but I never felt any sorrow. The acting was just not convincing enough and the way the story was put on screen was just not very good either. Guys I would stay away from this movie at all costs. Girls you will probably like it, but please don’t make your other halves sit through it. I would not recommend a rental of this and wouldn’t even pay five bucks to own this one. If you insist you should be able to pick it up for $18 or so over the internet with a coupon.
Video: How does it look?
This is one the first times that maybe the 16×9 down conversion was noticeable with my player. Either that or the transfer was just not good. I just can’t accept that Sony would send out a bad transfer so I just think it might have been a down conversion problem. That is easier to accept for me. The flesh tones in this movie seemed off. They seem to take on more of an orange tint to them as oppose to a natural skin color. Nothing was crystal clear in this movie as it should have been for a new movie. Not very good video quality, but not that bad either. It bothered me, but then again the whole movie did. It didn’t seem to bother anyone else watching it. So maybe it is just me… but I doubt it.
Audio: How does it sound?
This sounded more like a 2.0 soundtrack than a 5.1. I know it is a drama and not much is expected from such a movie, but even the score should have had a little more punch in it to get you into the movie. You might as well leave the subwoofer off when watching it and for that matter the surrounds don’t come into play much either.
Supplements: What are the extras?
With this package you get a featurette that is really a trailer with some short interviews with the cast. You also get some talent files on the director and the three main actors in the movie. There is also a full screen theatrical trailer in 2.0 sound.