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The Anomaly (2015/Anchor Bay Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: A- Extras: D Film: C

The Anomaly is a decent idea, an ex-soldier, Ryan Reeve (Noel Clarke) is suffering from PTSD in the near future where there is technology to delete who you are for a period of time. Unfortunately, it does not progress from the good idea stage. It seems that its director/star decided to give himself a lot of "flattering" scenes, but neglected to make sure the scenes helped progress the story.

When you first look at the case to this Blu-ray and anything else you may end up seeing for The Anomaly, you think you are going to watch a well-dressed Ian Somerhalder, from the show The Vampire Diaries, as the leading actor. Even though he is the only face on the cover he actually is not the main character but plays the leader of the evil anomaly organization named Harkin Langham.

An element that is always good for a story is the ticking time clock. Every couple of days Ryan (Clarke) wakes up with nine minutes and 47 seconds to figure out what is happening to him. It almost gives it a Memento vibe with bad guys chasing after him like Harkin (Somerhalder) as if he were Agent Smith from The Matrix. Those two movies together sound like it would be a great on screen experience, but it falls somewhat short. There are many scenes that Ryan, played by the director Noel Clarke, where he is seen wearing nothing, but his underwear and he sneaks them in every chance he gets.

The Anomaly runs for approximately 1 hour and 37 minutes and is presented in widescreen 2.35:1 in Blu-ray 1080p HD. It has lossless English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio, which if the odd slow motion action sequences were choreographed better, might come in handy. However, the fact that the picture quality is in good high definition, and therefore pretty decent, you are able to see them stumble around as they try and make it look slightly more realistic than we know it to be. There are not any bonus features on the disc.

- Jordan Whiteko


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