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Rob The Mob Blu-ray Review

Rob The Mob Blu-ray

This true story tale deserves a better movie than “Rob the Mob.”

After being jailed for robbery, a young couple (Tommy and Rosie) attempt to start a fresh new life by working at a collection agency. Their plan gets derailed, however, when Tommy attends the infamous Gotti trial and learns about private Mafia clubs. While there, Tommy comes up with an idea to rob the clubs (or rob the mob as the title suggests). As Tommy and Rosie begin to carry out their robbery plan, their thievery unexpectedly begins to cripple crime boss Big Al’s organization. Can Tommy and Rosie get away with their crimes or will their suicidal scheme backfire?

“Rob the Mob,” which is based on true events from 1991, is a film with an identity crisis. At first, the film has a slight comedic edge as it comes off as a combination of “Bonnie and Clyde” and “True Romance,” but once the middle act rolls around, the film flounders and becomes a tonal nightmare. Between the constant song/music montages, the overdone love and morality themes, the clumsy Journalist and Federal Agent subplots, and the dark ending, writer Jonathan Fernandez and director Raymond De Felitta simply seem unsure about how to approach this true life story. It’s a real shame too as this crazy piece of history could have conceivably made a good movie.

While the script and direction lets you down, the cast is pretty solid all around. Andy Garcia, Nina Arianda, Griffin Dunne, Michael Rispoli, and Ray Romano all give fine performances here, but Michael Pitt (of “Boardwalk Empire” fame) steals the show. Between his romance with Rosie, his haunted past, and his slightly botched robbery attempts, Pitt has the most material to work with and he doesn’t disappoint in his acting.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer is pleasing to the eyes.

Audio Tracks: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and English Stereo 2.0 track. How do they sound? The music and dialogue are crisp and clear in the 5.1 track. I’m not sure who would bother with a mere 2.0 track, but it’s there if you want to play it.

Extras:
* Millennium Entertainment trailers.
* 3 deleted scenes.
* A so-so commentary by director Raymond De Felitta in which he talks about the production, behind-the-scenes tidbits, etc. Expect a lot of silent moments.

Overall Thoughts: “Rob the Mob” could have been so much more.

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July 3, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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