(2012/Lionsgate Blu-ray 3D w/2D)
Picture: C 2D Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Film: C
(2012) is a film with a great premise and a disappointing delivery.
Highlighted with a great performance by Clancy Brown, the film falls
victim to badly written dialogue, jokes that aren't funny, 3D that
isn't that impressive, and characters that are foul mouthed and
un-relatable. The premise: when a demon escapes New York City intent
on cracking open the gates of hell, the Hellbenders - elite, highly
trained exorcists - must battle the demon and save the planet from
film attempts at comedy with the five Hellbenders, a group of sinners
who do everything they can to make the wrong choices in life so that
they can in turn become possessed by demons and then drag the demons
back to hell. One foot in hell and one foot out is basically the
premise of the film. Of course their actions and embarrassing acts
are an embarrassment to the church but being that the group are
it makes them an asset.
characters of the film are Clancy Brown who plays the aging exorcism
specialist and leader Angus, Clifton Collins Jr. plays the
protagonist Lawrence is the booksmart exorcist that keeps the group
in check yet still remains on top of his debauchery, and Robyn Rikoon
who plays Elizabeth - the token female of the group who eventually
and inevitably becomes possessed by the evil forces of Satan. Also
on the Hellbenders is Andre Royo who plays Stephen (the only likable
character in the group) and Dan Fogler who plays Eric. Macon Blair
plays Macon - the disapproving minister who oversees the Hellbenders.
joke in the film is that Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) hasn't
cheated on his wife in a year or so when he cheated on her with his
co-worker Elizabeth (Robyn Rikoon). The tension between the two
characters translates well on screen but at times a little forceful
on the audience. At times, the narrative in the film is interrupted
with a documentary
where they abruptly give the background of a place where the
Hellbenders are visiting. That I enjoyed.
happens with the Church threatens to shut down the Hellbenders'
operation in the church because they craft such an ugly image.
Though it feels like a problem that will easily be resolved later,
and of course is.
in all, the film has a few good laughs but feels at time like it
tries too hard to be funny. The makeup special effects are average,
and the script all in all feels predictable. It wants to be a cult
movie but in the end is a one time watch.
2.40:1 2D 1080p Widescreen digital High Definition transfer on this
film looks great on Blu-ray. The colors are crisp and saturated and
up to standard. The shots of the city at dusk are a highlight but as
I mentioned before, the film doesn't feel necessary in MVC-encoded
3-D - Full Resolution digital High Definition image. The scenes
where they are actually fighting the demons are the only scenes where
the three dimensionality really stands out. The lossless English 5.1
DTS-HD Master Audio mix on this disc is fantastic and engulfing. For
a low budget film, the sound mix is pretty well done.
include a commentary with the Director J.T. Petty and the Cast, God's
with is a half hour documentary on the making of the film and the
on the Wall:
Behind the Scenes Footage, Original Exorcism
Short Films and a theatrical trailer. The extras aren't bad at all
on this release and feel comprehensive.