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Addicted To Her Love (2009/aka Love Is The Drug/E1 DVD)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: C+

 

 

I was interest in Elliott Lesterís Addicted To Her Love (2009, originally titled Love Is The Drug in its 2006 release) when I saw Writer Wesley Strickís name connected to the script as co-writer.The man behind the scripts of films that worked (Wolf, True Believer), were commercial hits (Scorseseís remake of Cape Fear) and some disappointments (The Saint (1997) revival that was not, Final Analysis) so what would an independently produced work be like?Now that I caught up to it, not bad, but too short.

 

Jonah (John Patrick Amedori) works at a pharmacy and is a good guy who is also a loner of sorts.He falls for Sarah (Lizzy Caplan of Mean Girls) and that puts him in the vicinity of her friends who are not always playing with the full deck.This includes Lucas (D.J. Cotrona) who can be bullying and would like Jonah to steal some drugs from his workplace for their use.This backfires quickly and brings out the worst in all involved, then things get bizarre.

 

Though the course is different than I expected, it still did not pay off with too abrupt an ending and many things left hanging, whether one would want closure in the end or not.The actors are very good, including Daryl Hannah as Jonahís mother and Jenny Wade (Red Eye) as best girlfriend Erin.At least it is an ambitious work and that is reason enough for the curious to give it a look.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image can have motion blur and be soft, looking more like an HD shoot than a bad Digital; Internegative from film, but it can be distracting despite some good shots and editing.The shaky camera work worked against this, however.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix stretches out what as likely a somewhat stereophonic mix, though this was a Dolby Digital theatrical release.Sound is recorded decently, but the soundfield is far from strong.Extras include a Photo Gallery, behind the scenes featurette and feature-length audio commentary by Lester and Amedori.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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