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The Mortician (2011/Lionsgate DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: B-



The Mortician, in the worst part of a run downed town, a lone mortician carries out the thankless job recording the endless John and Jane Does in a violence filled city. He has no friends, and is closer to the dead than the living.  That is until a he finds a young boy hiding in his morgue, looking for his mother's corpse and hiding from an abusive father that killed his mother.  He is tired of all the dead bodies being sent his way, decides at least protect the boy from the violence that surrounds his morgue. 


In a corrupt and bankrupted city, a lone mortician is all the city can afford for a city of drugs, vice and violence.  Not a day goes by without another corpse being delivered to the city morgue.  The Mortician quietly cleans the bodies and tags their death, hiding and avoiding the violence and street punks who prowl in the streets.  Every night he sees someone mugged or killed, not a night goes by without screaming or crying, but everything changes when a young boy knocks at his door, looking for the body of his mother, a prostitute.


This was a fairly good drama filled film, (sort of like Kurt Russell's movie Soldier but minus the guns and sci-fi) in an urban setting how an honest single man stands against the mist of a trouble filled world with Method Man in the lead.  While doing his daily job, he ignores and violence all around him, hears, sees, and says no evil.  As along as he leaves them alone they leave him alone... but will they?  Edward Furlong also stars.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was an HD shoot, but looks better than most I have seen lately, while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix may not be great, but is consistent and has some good surround moments.  Extras include Autopsy of the Mortician featurette and trailers.



-   Ricky Chiang


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