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Vigilante Diaries (2016/Anchor Bay Blu-ray)

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

After seven months, the urban legend known only as the 'Vigilante' (Paul Sloan) has not been seen. Known to take down terrorists, gun runners, and drug dealers, he has a long list of enemies. His downfall and clue to his last know location is a wanna-be-filmmaker who posted his 'missions' on YouTube. What the Vigilante didn't know was on his last hit, he killed an Armenian mob boss' younger brother. It will take some former ex-Marines to save him and before it's over they will uncover the biggest conspiracy that is connected to the Vigilante's origins in Christian Sesma's Vigilante Diaries (2016).

The Vigilante, a former marine himself, hired and trained in the biggest off the books special forces/private black ops commandos. His identity has been erased, he no longer exists within the system, he is above, beyond the laws ...except when his picked the wrong target, a man with personal ties to his 'funders'. Now, the entire Armenian mob wants him dead. If only a certain wanna-be-filmmaker (Jason Mewes) didn't post his missions on line... now they have the Vigilante's wife and child. He is considered now a loose cannon (and expendable), but only thing they didn't count on is ...now it's personal.

While this was an action packed movie and had a ton of well know actors (including Michael Madsen, Michael Jai White, Quinton Jackson), but the action was a bit slow, while people got 'shot' and died, nobody got serious injuries... biggest injury was a gun shot, it just didn't seem realistic. It also seemed like it wanted to be like a 'superhero'/Punisher movie (but minus the costumes). The entire movie seemed like, OK, we have ex-special forces, marines, black ops, CIA, and the Mafia, let's see who can be the biggest bad ass with guns and one liner. They should of focused a little more on story/plot.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is usually just fine, but it has limits, is nit very memorable and an HD-shoot on the flat side. The lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is inconsistently mixed and recorded, not resolving very well all the time or having a consistent soundfield, with a slight digital phoniness to boot. Extras include a behind the scenes piece and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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