(2007/Image Entertainment DVD)
C+ Sound: B- Extras: C- Film: C+
may be the tail-end of dramas about terrorist attacks, Sharon Maguire’s Incendiary (2007) tells the story of a
good mother (Michelle Williams, an underrated actress giving a very underrated
performance here) who has divorced, but is taking care of her 4-year-old son
who is the joy of her life. After
spending quite a bit of time getting to know them and how happy they are
together, scheduling that separates them has him dying in a terrorist attack.
film is well acted, has some good pacing and some good moments, the film
becomes uneven, in part because the terror subject is tired, the other because
it has been far too frequently in recent times.
It also goes back and forth too much questioning what really happened
and that eventually leads to so many illicit appeals to pity that the film is
simply sloppy. However, Ewan McGregor is
here at times as the divorced father and the tone is correct when it is not so
overdone. Maguire directed the overrated
Bridget Jones’ Diary and is having
some trouble transitioning to the more serious side of the material and staying
there. See it for Williams’ performance
over all else.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was shot in real anamorphic 35mm
Panavision and can look good at times, butt this transfer overall is a little
softer than it should be considering how it was shot. Give or take digital internegative choices,
we would have to see a 35mm print or the Blu-ray (not available as of this
posting to us) to see how the shoot really was.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 has a fine soundfield for a drama, with ambience
where there is no action and clean dialogue recording. Too bad there is not a DTS option, but the
Blu-ray is likely to sound better. Extras
include stills and a trailer.
- Nicholas Sheffo