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Five Fingers (2006/Lionsgate DVD)


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



Ryan Phillippe is an underrated actor and is getting lost in the shuffle of newer, lesser talents.  It is also not helping that he takes on projects that do not help his career and one of the oddest and most failed is as a Dutch pianist kidnapped by Islamic Terrorists and tortured in Laurence Malkin’s Five Fingers (2006), a tired predictable, lame, here comes a stupid twist a mile away, thinks it is saying something pseudo-thriller with Laurence Fishburne (who co-produced) as one of the terrorists.


Despite both being good actors, both seem odd, out of their element and never believable, undermined by bad directing, an awful script and an overall flat production with zero energy and a touch of torture porn that also never works.  I never believed Phillippe as being Dutch and could have cared less from that point on.  This never improves, only gets worse and should be avoided.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was is on the weak side, even when color is consistent.  I was not happy with the look and the few locations are not enough to give this a palpable sense of being anywhere.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is better than the Dolby 2.0 Stereo is better, but it not that great to begin with.  Even when surrounds and music are good, dialogue sounds comparatively weak.  Extras are few (thankfully) and include a trivia track and making of featurette.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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