Seven Psychopaths (2012/CBS/Sony Blu-ray)/The
Thieves (2012/Well Go USA
Picture: B-/B Sound: B-/B Extras: C Films: C/C+
two new releases intent on duplicating two popular action cycles of feature
filmmaking and only far. Still, at least
they were ambitious.
Seven Psychopaths (2012) is a
bizarre co-production between the prestigious British Film Institute and
in-silly-mode theatrical film arm of the CBS television network. Another attempt at melding a ripping off
Quentin Tarantino with the two (and counting?) Boondock Saints films, Colin Farrell is a guy writing a screenplay
about killers while real killers are on the loose (especially a masked one who
leaves a playing card with each person shot dead) and could get more than
authentic advice from several of the people he already knows and is about to
is even a good one with Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom
Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum
Of Solace) and Harry Dean Stanton in what is a dream group, but the
screenplay just cannot support all that talent and though it never becomes a
smug affair, it is a predictable one and one that is too lite and coy to
work. That it plays like a slightly
violent TV movie with bigger names I will blame CBS about 100% for and becomes
one of the great missed opportunities and disappointments of all of 2012. See it only if you really like the actors or
this kind of film, because you will be bored otherwise.
Choi’s The Thieves (2012) is a big
budget Korean attempt to do a high class, price, fun, click, comic heist film
and the money is there as is the fun cast with chemistry and total
believability. It wants to be the remake
Ocean’s films, remake of The Italian Job, all the Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible films, any spy film
they can fit in and anything else you can name with some great locales all over
Asia as the anti-heroes try to steal the equivalent of $20 Million. It is unfortunately everything we have seen
before, but to see it with these locales shot so well and wit the energy and a
few surprises makes it worth a look if you like this kind of film.
you don’t like subtitles, you don’t need to read many of them to get what is
going on and to be blunt, the cast and crew have made a genre film that can
more than compete with its Hollywood
and British counterparts, formulaic as it might be. The result was a work that I did get a kick
out of, even when I knew what was coming.
If you like this kind of action with a change of pace, you should go out
of your way to see The Thieves.
2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on both releases are also
slickly stylized and have some nice visual moments, with Psychopaths shot in the 3-perf Super 35mm film format and Thieves show on a 5K Red Epic HD
camera. In this case, Psychopaths has been stylized more
often than it needed to be and suffers by comparison to Thieves which has more money in it, more locales to show off and a
more glossy approach, especially since the films it is trying to emulate are
more like that than the pulpy grit Psychopaths
wants to offer.
offer DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes, but Psychopaths has a mix that is more dialogue-based and more towards
the front speakers, while Thieves is
more active and enveloping throughout, if not clever or exceedingly dynamic.
both include featurettes Psychopaths
offering seven plus Ultraviolet Copy and Thieves
offering two, but it also has an Original Theatrical Trailer.
- Nicholas Sheffo