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The Pacifier (Widescreen)


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



Like many tough guy/action actors before him, Vin Diesel saw the need to send up his persona in Adam Shankman’s The Pacifier (2005), despite the fact that he has far from peaked as a star in the Action genre.  This is the man who turned down sequels to his hits XXX and Too Fast, Too Furious, as well as dropping out of Terminator 3.  Though he had a few low budget films, a few of which sat on the shelf a while (Knockaround Guys, A Man Apart) not do well, was his second Riddick film so bad that he felt he wanted to sign on to this?


He is here as a Navy S.E.A.L. who is on a mission that goes wrong.  As a change of assignment, he has to protect a group of five children as a result and since his fatherhood skills are mostly nonexistent, he will use his “military procedure” to keep the children orderly.  In many ways, this film screams Kindergarten Cop, a larger hit for Arnold Schwarzenegger that many complained was far too violent.  This is not as graphic or funny, nor did it do as well at the box-office and for good reason.  Despite having the director of the hilarious-if-narrative-poor Bringing Down The House on board, the film goes nowhere and trying to be a straight-out action film in spots just throws off any chance for the comedy to develop.  96 minutes seems like too long, but someone might find this funny, just not this critic.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not bad for a recent film and transfer, with consistent color and some good depth by way of cinematographer Peter James, A.C.S., A.S.C. that does not take full advantage of the scope frame by a longshot.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has decent fidelity for a comedy, with the action scenes predictably better by default.  Extras include bloopers, deleted scenes that make no difference, On The Set pieces with Diesel and Brad Garrett, Special Ops TV ads and commentary by the director.  That is far more than expected, and they are cumulatively as entertaining as the film, if not more so at times.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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