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Cross Wars (2017/Sony Blu-ray)

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

Every once in a while, a film comes along that is so devastatingly terrible you question how it got made in the first place and how such a major label allowed it to be distributed to the masses... on Blu-ray nevertheless.

Such is the case with Patrick Durham's Cross Wars (2017), which features some of the most laughably bad acting, cringe-worthy cheap digital special effects, dialogue so corny it will make your head spin, and the blandest, worst overall filmmaking in recent years that's completely devoid of cinematic value and style. Shamelessly ripping off stronger films, Cross Wars is an attempt to be some sort of comic book/action thriller and instead becomes an endurance test to stop your finger from hitting the 'stop' button on your Blu-ray remote control.

Cross Wars features such names you may vaguely remember as Brian Austin Green, Tom Sizemore, Vinnie Jones, and somehow, they got Danny Trejo to show up.

Callan (Green) possesses a mystical amulet (with powers suspiciously similar to that of DC's The Green Lantern) who ends up meeting some babes, killing countless henchmen, and of course fighting off a world-threatening bad guy (Jones), to whom also possesses a power in equal to our hero. If this couldn't get any more cookie cutter, the story is supposed to take place in a comic book, which we are sucked into the pages of in the opening sequence. How original.

It hard to even begin to list the issues with this film as it would take a hard leather bound book and several volumes. It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't take itself so seriously. At the core what we have here is B-Movie action fanfare with some recognizable faces, but what we get is some semi-serious action thriller that's too outlandish for its own good. Whoever thought Brian Austin Green could lead a cast should immediately be fired as well, but that goes without saying.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 paired with a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track that is up to standards with Blu-ray specifications, and doesn't help the film's low special effects budget, but instead exposing it to the atrocity it is.

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Unless you are trying to torture yourself, don't dare watch this hollow, lackluster action flick.

- James Lockhart



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