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Gutshot Straight (2014/Lionsgate DVD)

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

Director Justin Steele's Gutshot Straight is your typical one man versus the mob- style thriller with some decent B-actors (and dialogue) and production value. The whole thing feels lacks in originality and feels strikingly similar to last year's Runner Runner (20th Century Fox, the same year of release) starring Ben Affleck in more ways than one.

Gutshot Straight stars George Eads, Annalynne McCord, Steven Seagal, Vinnie Jones, and Steven Lang (Avatar). All in all not a bad cast ensemble for a film of this caliber. When a gambler is down on his luck (played by George Eads), he makes a deal with a slick-talking, wealthy man (Steven Lang) in Las Vegas to make some quick money in order to repay his debts. Of course, Steven Lang has a super hot wife (Annalynne McCord) named May that entices Eads and results in a fight where Lang is killed. Jack must learn to play smarter than the mob in order to get ahead of the game.

Steven Segal plays a Godfather-esque role in the film and is its enticing center piece and is full of witty one liners. I am always a fan of Vinnie Jones as well - though most of the time he pops up in a film it's usually not a good one. The action scenes aren't terrible but it all just feels pretty bland.

The presentation of the film looks fine in standard definition with a widescreen anamorphically enhanced aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is about as good as DVD can look and sound. There's also optional subtitles in English and French.

Extras include Commentaries with the director Justin Steele and Composer Keith Waggoner, Deleted Scenes, Behind The Scenes with Interviews, and a Trailer Gallery.

If you are looking for a film to shut your brain off and watch then you may want to give Gutshot Straight a shot, otherwise you're better off watching Runner Runner again.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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