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Girls Against Boys Blu-ray Review

Girls Against Boys Blu-ray

“Girls Against Boys” is a standard revenge flick.

The plot: Shae, a college student/bartender, is in a happy relationship with an older man (Terry) who is nearing a divorce with his wife. After Terry decides to try and work things out with his wife, however, he decides to break it off with Shae. Naturally, Shae is heartbroken by this break-up and has trouble working and focusing as a result of this. Enter Lu, a fellow bartender who sees that Shae could use some comforting. Lu decides to take Shae on a girl’s night out but, unfortunately, the night horribly awry as Shae becomes raped by a scumbag guy (Simon). When Lu learns of this tragedy, she takes Shae out to confront Simon and that’s when things truly spiral out of control as discovers that Lu is a cold blooded murderer. From there on out, the two gals team up to seek revenge against those who have wronged them. Will they be caught for their crimes? Will Shae come to her senses to try and get her life back on track?

If you’ve read the above plot synopsis, you’ve pretty much seen writer/director Austin Chick’s revenge fantasy. “Girls Against Boys” is very much a “what you see is what you get” type of cinematic experience. There’s not much going on under the surface of the story and there’s even less going on on the screen thanks to overlong tracking shots, lingering shots, and slow motion sequences that slow the film down tremendously.

With some tinkering and third act script changes, ‘Boys’ might have been a watchable little nasty film. As is, it feels entirely forced thanks to Shae’s abrupt character transition and some truly nagging plot holes (most notably involving the lack of any police).

‘Boys’ does have one redeeming quality though in actress Nicole LaLiberte. This dazzling and scene stealing redhead actress really makes an impression here as the psychotic killer Lu. It would not surprise me in the least to see this talented relative newcomer popping up in more film and TV projects in the near future.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, looks satisfactory. The film offers up a wide array of colorful interior and exterior sequences with both dark and brightly lit scenes that really look impressive in hi-def.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track does the job, but it could be a bit stronger.

Extras:
* “Border Run” trailer.
* A rather monotone and often quiet commentary by Austin Chick and Danielle Panabaker. A few interesting stories about camera work, cast/crew information, and the film shoot, but there’s not much here.

Summary: Aside from Nicole LaLiberte, there’s not much to recommend about “Girls Against Boys.”

March 25, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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