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Life On The Line (2017/Lionsgate Premiere Blu-ray)

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

Life on the Line (2017) tells the story of one of the most dangerous jobs imaginable - that of being a electrical linesman. Starring John Travolta in a role that he isn't half bad in, the film at times works dramatically but ultimately becomes more and more predictable as it goes on. Still, its decent supporting cast in (the underrated) Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa (yes, he's still acting apparently) and an almost unrecognizable Sharon Stone makes the film a bit more watchable despite its lazy script.

Beau (Travolta) lost his Brother in a deadly electrical malfunction and ends up looking after his niece (Bosworth - who is too old to be playing the character written) who is about to go back to college. A little rough around the edges but hardworking, Beau ends up leading a ragtag group of linesmen, including a ex-military solider and a man (Sawa) who he doesn't like messing around with his niece, to maintain power during a harsh coming storm.

If it weren't for some of the star power involved, this film would easily be on the Hallmark Channel as it isn't nearly as gritty as it wants to be. It seems like nearly every character in the film has a drink attached to their hand when they aren't doing their jobs, which is a lazy character trait. Some of the best looking scenes involve heavy rainstorms during some of the film's key action moments and other moments mimic Michael Bay's style to a almost laughable extent. Worst of all is the closing credit song, a cornball country music tune and an ending that will leave you scratching your head rather than moving you to tears.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track, the transfer here isn't half bad with great detail on all of the characters and rich colors that enhance the film in high definition. As mentioned, the best looking scenes are topically at night during heavy rainstorms. A digital UV copy is also included.

Special Features...

"Life on the Line" Music Video by Fiona Culley featuring Darius Rucker

Behind the Scenes with Cast/Crew Interviews

- James Lockhart



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