A romantic weekend turns horrific and sadistic when Sadie discovers her boyfriend is having an affair with her best friend.
‘Scorned’ tells the story of a young woman (who naturally was institutionalized as a child) that finds out that her boyfriend who she hopes will propose to her on their romantic getaway is actually cheating on her and with her best friend no less. Upon uncovering this information, she completely snaps, and decides to invite her friend over and put the two through a torturous and punishment filled weekend in order to make them see the error of their ways.
The film is written and directed by Mark Jones who many likely know best from his writing and directorial debut ‘Leprechaun’ which starred Jennifer Aniston and the ever awesome Warwick Davis. He does a capable job of directing, though while most of the movie looks quite nice, some side sequences involving the police looking for a suspect seem horribly out of place and just look dirty and cheap compared to the majority of the film. While the directing is capable, the writing is filled with horrible clichés we’ve seen far too many times before, right up until the last scene, and lacks for creativity so much that it feels the need to reference and utilize shock elements from other movies. The cast is nothing to speak about for the most part, but I will admit I’ve seen far worse performances than these over the years and Billy Zane is a lead role, and we all know that he is always awesome.
OVERALL: ‘Scorned’ looks good for the most part, aside from some cut to scenes that really throws off the vibe and feels cheap and out of place. The film has its moments, but unfortunately fails to bring anything new to the table, and follows the standard cliché we’ve seen far too many times already in these types of movies over the years and when the shock factors implemented are taken from other films, and even going so far as to reference that film, you can’t help but shake your head. There is always the fact that Billy Zane is one of the lead roles, and he would be the one main reason to sit through this one, but it unfortunately will not be a title I will likely be recommending to others.
VIDEO: The Blu-Ray release of ‘Scorned’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks quite impressive for a smaller film such as this, and everything looks detailed, sharp and pretty spot on overall with a more than sufficient bitrate dedicated to this high definition video presentation.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. While ‘Scorned’ doesn’t really utilize the rear channels too often, all five channels do come into effect nicely in a number of moments, most notably with that of the film’s score. While this lossless multichannel soundtrack is not anything notably exceptional, it should keep most satisfied, and if anything surpasses what one might expect from this kind of movie.
Unfortunately there is nothing in the way of bonus content on the Blu-Ray release of ‘Scorned’ and it is a movie-only release.
Film Rating: 5.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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