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Arsenal (2017/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

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

Arsenal (2017) is another mob flick with a decent cast in Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, and Adrian Grenier (HBO's Entourage). The film scored dreadfully low with critics and didn't see a wide theatrical release likely due to its tired storyline and drastically over the top acting by Cage (whose fake nose in the movie is laughably distracting), an actor who seems to be drowning in 'Direct to VOD/Home Video' obscurity these days. The best actor in the film is Cusack, who is a snide wise-cracking plain clothes cop but even he can't save the bad screenplay, which seems to have been written in hopes that Guy Ritchie would direct it.

Two brothers, Mikey (Schaech) and JP (Grenier) live two different lives. JP lives a modest life running a construction company, while Mikey is up to no good, getting himself mixed up with a Mob Boss (Cage) and ultimately getting kidnapped and tied to a chair. In an attempt to find him, JP enlists the help of Sal (Cusack), a cop, who both follow the dirty trail to bring his brother home. Along the way, we are treated to several bad moments for Cage's character, who most of the time is covered in blood, killing people in slow motion, and yelling out his lines to the point of incoherent jabber.

Presented on Blu-ray disc with a 1080p high definition transfer and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and paired with a nice sounding, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine for Blu-ray disc with sharp character details and high contrasted colors that feel very cinematic despite the film's lower budget. Also included is a digital UV copy of the film.

Special Features:

Feature-Length Audio Commentary with Director Steven C. Miller

''Building an Arsenal'' featurette

Extended Cast and Crew Interviews

Other Lionsgate Trailers

A lackluster Mob movie, Arsenal doesn't really bring anything new or exciting to the table, save a decent performance by Cusack.

- James Lockhart



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