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.45 (2006)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: C+

 

 

Milla Jovovich and Angus Macfadyen are a dysfunctional, oversexed couple heading for potential disaster in Gary Lennonís .45 (2006), a somewhat ambitious drama about their relationship and how ugly street life can be.They seem to be happy in their gritty existence, but there are odd entanglements with the police, drugs, sex, exploitation and crudeness that makes one wonder how anyone can live that way.

 

Writer/director Lennon has a decent cast including Stephen Dorff in a supporting role, but as soon as he reaches the big turning point, he does not know where to go with the story and telling it in flashback once again is a big problem because it shows (whether he realizes it or not) prevents his work from going all the way.He is afraid to get his hands completely dirty, this suddenly becomes pretentious and crude dialogue that may seem funny and real quickly becomes a spoof of itself.Too bad, because this could have worked well.Instead, it becomes another semi-indie project that is more boutique than bold.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is not great, but Teddoro Maniaciís cinematography is gritty without gutted color and other stupid digital enhancements.I bet this could look a little better.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is not too hot and lacks surrounds big time.Dialogue is clear, but the low budget comes through.Extras include trailers for this & a few other THINKFilm releases and Lennonís feature-length commentary.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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