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The Disappointments Room (2016/Fox DVD)

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

I feel that Kate Beckinsale is one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood. While she tends to pick some films that aren't necessarily great, she gives her all in every performance she does and really ignites the screen with her beautiful yet unique presence. The Disappointments Room (2016) isn't one of her best films, nor her worst, but pits her into the stereotypical ghost movie 'Mom' role - where she is uncovering a bizarre scary mystery that nobody believes her at first but does later, much like Jennifer Connelly in the Dark Water (2005) remake and even Naomi Watts in American version of The Ring (2002).

Directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye, the recent & third XXX film), The Disappointments Room is a slow moving supernatural thriller, with many aspects of other films in the same genre, that remains mediocre when it could have been more. The film also stars Mel Raido, Lucas Til, and Duncan Joiner to name a few.

An architect named Dana (Beckinsale), her Husband (Raido), and son (Joiner) move from the big city to a 'fixer-upper' in the countryside. While they struggle to adjust to this new way of living and leaky ceilings, Dana discovers a room that wasn't on the floor plans of the house originally. Once she unlocks the room finding a hidden key, she soon realizes that the intentions of the room in the past weren't necessarily friendly... and may threaten her family in the present.

Presented in standard definition with an an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine for DVD, but could obviously be improved by a yet to be released high definition edition.

Special Features include...

Wanted: Inside the Disappointments Room

Theatrical Trailer

While not fantastic, I think The Disappointments Room is getting a lot of flack and really isn't as bad as everyone if leading you to believe. On the same level, if not a little higher, than the recent Ouija films, The Disappointments Room is a ghostly thriller with some elements you may find familiar, and a film worth checking out for Beckinsale alone. Heck, she's even a blonde this time!

- James Lockhart



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