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Good People Blu-ray Review

Good People Blu-ray

Good grief.

Tom and Anna are a married couple that are barely scraping by in a London flat. The two have a dream of settling down and residing in an inherited family home that is in the midst of being renovated, but the couple is drowning in debt and facing eviction from their current residence. In typical movie magic fashion, the couple gets a possible solution to their troubles when they find that the deceased man who rented a downstairs room from them left behind a lot of hidden money. Unbeknownst to them, the money is dirty and was stolen in a double cross job. On top of all of that, several individuals (won’t spoil who) and a Detective Inspector are on the lookout for the stolen cash. Will Tom and Anna take the money and get away scot-free or will they regret even coming into contact with the money?

What starts off as a tight little thriller that is highly reminiscent of the underrated “A Simple Plan” quickly descends into a flat-out absurd crime drama. Whether you are wondering why Tom and Anna never seem as worried as they should be or pondering the ridiculously overlong and nonsensical “Home Alone” ending, “Good People” is far from being good. It’s a shame because had the film contained less illogical character actions and a revised ending, this might have been a solid gritty morality tale.

One would think that the cast would at least salvage this movie, but James Franco, Kate Hudson and Tom Wilkinson are not putting in their best work here. Franco, an actor who prides himself on taking risks, looks bored here. He has no chemistry with one hit wonder Kate Hudson and seems unchallenged by the dry and ordinary role. As for Wilkinson, he gives the best performance of the lot, but it’s still a rather flat role in his illustrious career.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The dark cinematography shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? A bit soft all things considered. Still a quality track though.

The only extras here are Millennium Entertainment trailers and a standard making of featurette.

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

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