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Private Number (2014/Arc Entertainment DVD)

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

Remember me?

The plot elements to Private Number (2014) sounds a bit too familiar: weird phone calls, hallucinations, murder, alcohol abuse, and the main character is a writer. While moments of the film are intriguing, ultimately the scenes with the hallucinations end up being the weakest point as tacky effects end up affecting scares. Directed by LazRael Lison, the film stars Hal Ozsan, Tom Sizemore, Judd Nelson, and Nicholle Tom - who was a successful child actress that I was surprised to see in something recent and who is surprisingly pretty good.

A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. As he pieces together scant information he discovers the local police are hiding details about a horrific serial killer. In his obsessive search for answers, he loses his grip on reality, and spirals downward into a maelstrom of violence and terror. The creepiest moment is when the phone is picked up and on the other end is the voice of a woman saying 'remember me?'

Someone really needs to write a good film for Judd Nelson and Tom Sizemore to be in because these two guys end up shining brighter than anyone else they share the screen with, especially in a film like this. Both classically trained and always playing someone shady, these two actors are both interesting in this film and probably the highlight for me. The last act is a bit of a disappointment and with a stronger lead actor, some more could have been explored with this character. I just don't quite buy Hal Ozsan in most of the film. Overall for an independent production, the film looks and sounds fine but it just doesn't quite pack a big enough punch to make it into homes beyond a rental.

Presented in standard definition with a 1.78 X 1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital track, the film looks fine for DVD but could obviously benefit from a high definition upgrade. Extras include a Making Of, Deleted Scenes, and a Trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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