Director: James McTeigue
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
A Foreign Service Officer (Milla Jovovich) newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the US. After surviving a vicious attack on the embassy, she finds herself framed for crimes she didn’t commit and racing to elude assassins while trying to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year’s Eve.
Kate Abbott (Jovovich) is one of the best in her field and after a notable promotion is now working security as a Foreign Service Officer in one of the best impressive posts possible. After making inquiries into what she had reason to believe might be questionable activity with a group of individuals’ Visa’s, she soon finds herself marked for death. Unaware of the situation, by mere coincidence she narrowly escapes a deadly bombing intended for her and finds herself on the run through the streets of London pursued by a deadly assassin known only to some as The Watchmaker (Brosnan) who will stop at nothing to finish the job; although what The Watchmaker is unaware of is that Abbott will also stop at nothing to make sure the terrorist plot she is trying to piece together will never come to pass.
James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) directed ‘Survivor’ from a screenplay by Philip Shelby and McTeigue does a solid job at the helm, guiding the on screen activity quite well, resulting in a film that while suffering in a number of other ways, at the very least looks surprisingly good. The cast is comprised of numerous talented and well known individuals including Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, James D’Arcy and a number more, all of whom deliver capable performances in each of their respective roles, although far from the high caliber of which we’ve commonly seen from them.
‘Survivor’ looks good and holds up in most aspects of appearance, the movement, settings and most importantly the action all look better than one might expect. It does deliver some entertaining action and chase sequences; a large portion of the film basically consists of a very lengthy chase, but the film fails to deliver much else; most importantly in aspects such as plot or any form of originality. The plot and sequence of events the film follows could not be more predictable and generic, and a lot of actions and reactions from characters throughout the film seem out of place and often contradictory to prior occurrences. Overall, ‘Survivor’ is certainly not going to win any awards and it’s in no way anything spectacular, yet if you’re looking for a simple, fun and entertaining thriller that also keeps the blood and other offensive activities a bit tamer than in many similar films, it might be worth your time to check it out, although it’s certainly not one that you need to go out of your way to acquire the Blu-Ray (or DVD) and watch immediately.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Survivor’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty fantastic as a whole and is easily the most impressive aspect of the release. It consistently delivers a rich, detailed and sharp presentation that while suffering some mild banding and other trivial (and nearly unnoticeable) elements holds up admirably, even during the numerous action-oriented and darker sequences so frequent in the film, never causing anything occurring on screen to become to distorted or indiscernible in the slightest. Overall, this is a pretty solid high definition video presentation that should easily please most folks.
While both the rear of the case and the Set-Up section of the menu on the disc list the Blu-Ray release as including a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack, in actuality the release sadly includes solely a lossy 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack utilizing a bitrate of 448 kpbs. The lossy audio is unquestionably a disappointment and incomparable with any lossless multichannel soundtrack, although as far as lossy soundtracks go, it sounds pretty decent. It regularly utilizes all five available channels to their fullest in order to surround the viewer with constant bullets or explosive elements and much more whizzing past throughout, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become negatively affected or distorted. Overall, while many of the action elements and the score are noticeably contained and almost a bit tinny at times, it’s still pretty decent for a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Survivor’ doesn’t include a great deal in the way of bonus content, although it does include a couple of extras. Included on the Blu-Ray release are a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (running just over 10 minutes in length altogether) in addition to ‘The Making of Survivor’ Featurette which runs approximately 5 minutes in length and includes Behind the Scenes footage and interviews with numerous members of the cast and crew.
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Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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