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The Bannen Way (2009/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Telefilm: D



If you want to see slickness done to the point of bad satire, just see how bad the goofy telefilm The Bannen Way is.  A post-modern mess, the 2009 TV movie seems to be wanting to set itself up as some kind of pilot, but it is so smug, confused, self-impressed, boring, goofy and unreal that it plays like a series of clichés that are all over the place as if speeding them up and shuffling them will make us not notice how bad this all is.


Mark Gantt is the title character, one you will never want to meet again as he tries to juggle mobsters, the police, women and goofs who tolerate him.  Michael Ironside and Robert Forster even turn up, but they cannot save this silly mess and the result is a major waste of time at 94 minutes.  Gantt co-wrote this with Director Jesse Warren and it is outright lame.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1image was shot on the Red One HD camera and it shows with motion blur, softness and other visual flaws throughout, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix may not have the best dialogue placement (too much in the center channel and not as clear as it could be) but it has some good sound design and fairly good soundfield otherwise.  Extras include six boring featurettes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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