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Exposed (2016/Lionsgate DVD)

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

In the wake of the revitalization of his career with the John Wick franchise, Keanu Reeves made Exposed (2016) and this stinker of a film so bad the director even changed his name to be on it. (Gee Malik Linton credited himself as Declan Dale). Not only is this film painfully slow, but it doesn't give you much reason to keep watching and certainly no reason to re-watch it again.

From what I've read, it seems like what happened was that the director Malik Linton wanted to make a supernatural film but the studio wanted to make a 'Keanu Reeves Cop' movie, so the result is a film that seems like two films cut together that doesn't flow. It's one of those instances where the film is so bad that its amazing just how bad it is and makes you wonder how it got made.

Keanu plays a police detective who is trying to find the truth behind his partner's current death which involves police corruption and a secret involving an unlikely young woman named Isabel (Played by the gorgeous Ana de Armas), who is having bizarre hallucinations that cross in with the case. The film also stars Christopher McDonald, Big Daddy, Kane, and Mira Sorvino.

The cinematography by Trevor Forrest is one of the film's high points that paints a dark and dirty New York with streets you don't want to walk around during night. The standard definition transfer has an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that are watchable. A Digital Copy of the film is also included.

Special Features include The Making of Exposed featurette, Extended Cast Interviews, and a Trailer Gallery of other Lionsgate films.

Though the film is shot and produced well technically, I think the aim here was to make some sort of social commentary about domestic abuse but instead will test your endurance of how much of a bad movie you can sit through. You're probably better off watching re-runs of TV cop dramas.

- James Lockhart



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