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The Lookalike Blu-ray Review

The Lookalike Blu-ray

“The Lookalike” is a mediocre crime drama.

In the vein of a Robert Altman drama, “The Lookalike” is an ensemble film that features interconnected stories. The basic story involves a vile drug lord (William Spinks) who is paying a blond woman (Sadie) to have sex with him. The two criminals/bar owners who are setting up the deal (Bobby and Frank) wind up botching it after Sadie is accidentally killed. Unsure of what to do next, Bobby and Frank try to find a Sadie lookalike. Without spoiling the rest, expect to see other pivotal subplots involving a junkie actress/police informant (Lacey) who looks a lot like Sadie, an ex basketball star/wannabe cooking show host (Joe), Joe’s drug addict brother (Holt) who is deep in debt, a cop (Lee) trying to bust Bobby and Frank, a deaf woman (Mila) who becomes Joe’s love interest,

Despite boasting a stellar cast that contains Justin Long, John Corbett, Luis Guzman, Gina Gershon, Jerry O’Connell and Gillian Jacobs, “The Lookalike” is largely a clunky and inconsistent crime drama. The first half hour is an unmitigated mess as writer Michele Davis-Gray races through character introductions and a flimsy story set-up. After the 30 minute mark, the story finally settles in and becomes involving (despite the audience having to endure one note characters). Alas, the story’s promise falters in the end due to a rushed and dumb ending. It’s a shame because with a few rewrites, this might have been more worthwhile. As is, “The Lookalike” falls short as it simply struggles to juggle the multiple characters and plots.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? While not the most visually exciting film, the colors still appear sharp in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Frankly, it’s a bit flat for a DTS track. I expected more.

Extras:
* Well Go USA and “The Lookalike” trailers.
* 4 deleted scenes.
* A near 15 minute behind the scenes featurette which contains film clips, set footage and cast and crew interviews.

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February 15, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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