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Linewatch (2008/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Film: D



The Cuba Gooding Jr. losing streak continues with Kevin Bray’s awful Linewatch (2008), a film about a cop with a family who has to deal with illegal aliens among other things and you at first think the David W. Warfield screenplay will be about his struggles for justice against racism and hate.  Suddenly, the story does a 180 and becomes about his “gangsta” past as old “friends” keep his wife and daughter “company” while he “helps” them.


A total insult and far from realistic or believable, the film becomes another in a series of unfortunate works that equates African Americans with senseless violence and Gooding and Bray (a Music Video director) are as responsible as anyone.  There is a moment after the couple has made love and he has told her how much he loves her, that when the “friends” arrive, he calls he a bitch.  After more sudden changes ion personality, she says she is scared she does not know him anymore.  For those of us who have seen his career tumble, she is just reflecting what we writers have been saying for years.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is surprisingly weak and soft, looking almost second generation and if Bray and his cinematographer Paul M. Sommers were going for some kind of look, they blew it.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix has poor playback and soundfield, with awkward editing to boot.  An awful behind the scenes featurette and trailers are the only extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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