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Army Of One (2016/Anchor Bay Blu-ray w/DVD)

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

From Director Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat) comes the new film Army of One (2016) starring Nicolas Cage in a role that isn't his best, but at least brings something new to the table after the past few films he has been in where he feels a bit uninspired. I think Cage was hoping that this project would make audiences forget about box-office disasters such as Season of the Witch and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, then make them remember some of his more high concept indie film efforts such as Adaptation.

Army of One also stars Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson, Paul Scheer, and Wendy McLendon-Covey, the film is funny and bizarre at the same time. While the film didn't make it to a wide theatrical release, it's an interesting comedy with some funny moments but doesn't quite live up to Charles' previous work.

With a higher tone of voice than usual, Cage plays Gary Faulkner - a middle-aged mentally challenged, ex-con handyman crackpot who is despised by many due to his odd behavior and inability to keep his mouth shut. One day, God (Brand) speaks to him and tells him that he has to kill Osama Bin Laden. With many failed attempts and insane plan after insane plane, Gary falls in love, steals a boat, uses a samurai sword, and embarks on the journey of his life that may or may not prove to be a huge mistake.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1, the film looks fantastic on Blu-ray disc with warm tones throughout and beautiful, well balanced colors that leave little to complain about. The transfer is also paired with a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track that sounds great as well but not quite as good as 7.1. Also included is a DVD version of the film in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that looks and sounds fine for the format, but is limited. Also included is a digital copy.

The only extra is The Making of Army Of One.

If nothing else, this movie proves that Cage is ready to step back into the bigger budgeted realm where he used to call home. He is an actor with range and does a fine job here paired with the directing talent of Larry Charles.

- James Lockhart



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