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Redline (2007)


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



It is always something and something increasingly rare when a relatively large budget film is made by independent producers with no studio backing or guarantee that the film with get distributed, let alone do well.  The amusing recent example is Andy Cheng’s Redline, an unintentionally funny attempt to rip-off and capitalize on films like Driven (the Sylvester Stallone/Rennie Harlin bomb), the 2 Fast 2 Furious films, the dreadful Gone In 60 Seconds remake and any other streetcar racing film or videogame.  At least they have the best “hot chick” ratio.


The beautiful Najda Bjorlin (they got that one right) stars and actually narrates (awkwardly) the happenings with con artists, wannabes and powerful, tired old money who make the race happen.  With some killing, fighting (often senselessly out of nowhere) and even kidnapping, the real reason for this film is that superexoticars can race illegally down streets, at high speeds and sometimes wreck.  It is almost as clichéd as the slow motion and digital used to unspectacular effect.


Nathan Phillips, Angus Macfadyen, Tim Matheson and an in-a-strange-element Eddie Griffin co-star with the real stars of the film: half-naked women and the cars.  It is not as pretentious or politically correct as the films it blatantly imitates, but they do zero with that freedom except show more women.  The actors seem to be having a good time of some sort, but in never translates into a good film and Robert Foreman’s screenplay seems to have churned out of a bad PC software program.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image was shot by the great Bill Butler, A.S.C., who makes this look less phony than the films imitated, but that does not make it Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix either.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is actually very good to the point that Genius and the filmmakers should have included a DTS 5.1 version on this disc, for it could have had demonstration moments.  Klaus Baldet did the theme song and the rest is an Ian Honeyman/Andrew Raiher mixed bag.  Extras include the original theatrical trailer from Chicago Films, a making of featurette and brief piece of promo for the film at a recent L.A. auto show.


With some more ambition, originality and less lazy humor, this could have been the best film of the cycle easily, but the sheer inexperience of everyone but Butler and the distribution company hold it back.  Still, this is as good as anything else in what is one of the silliest cycles of filmmaking in recent memory, no mater the hits produced.  This was not one of them, but we’ll see if it gets a following on DVD.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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