(2009/Echo Bridge DVD)
C Sound: C+ Extras: D Feature: D
a genre or aspect of a genre is done so well or in such a way that it imprisons
it that it is hard to do it any other way unless you have something great to
offer storywise. Since Michael Mann’s Heat (1995, reviewed on Blu-ray
elsewhere on this site), any film showing any kind of heist has tried to look
like that film and the problem is none of them can because Mann’s style at the
time (i.e., before he switched from film to HD and not always for the better)
was to distinctive. The result is that
releases like Cooper/Jordan’s Heist
(2009) land up looking like a bad imitator of Mann’s old Miami Vice TV show.
the criminals, the law who wants to stop them and more powerful criminals who
also get in their way. We have seen this
done to death and it has become a Hip Hop cliché and staple after being a 1980s
cliché, so this dud (written by co-director and co-star Rick Jordan and Lee
Denny) is a very by-the-numbers bit that really is showing what the makers
think is good filmmaking when it is just their barely sufficient ideas about
any of the characters believable, nor is much of the dialogue, while the action
is dull. There is no suspense, nothing
new here and this becomes thin very early on.
The ethnic characters are borderline stereotypes and this is like a bad
TV movie hidden on cable very late at night as filler.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 is very soft and is likely shot on older HD
(1080i?) not ever looking that good and can even be sloppy. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is rough stereo
at best with harshness throughout and one of the most clichéd scores I have
heard in a long while. There are
(thankfully) no extras.
- Nicholas Sheffo