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Poker Night Blu-ray Review

Poker Night Blu-ray

Fold on “Poker Night.”

The story: On his way home from a poker night with his fellow officers, a young Detective (Stan Jeter) is kidnapped by a masked psychopath. As he and fellow captive Amy try to escape the clutches of this unknown criminal mastermind, Stan has to try and use the knowledge he has learned from veteran cop’s stories during poker night in order to survive this ordeal.

Writer/director Greg Francis has attempted to create a unique horror-thriller, but unfortunately the story is all over the place due to an overall clumsy story structure (and a lifeless, overstated voice over). While the “Saw” esque main story is involving enough, the intensity of that particular tale is ruined by the insertion of far too many flashbacks. Not only do the viewers have to sit through flashbacks of the titular macho poker night, but there’s also flashbacks within the flashbacks to the officer’s “educational” stories of major cases they worked on. On top of that, the killer has his own flashbacks which feel entirely out of place and inappropriately borderline cartoonish.

The biggest drawback of “Poker Night,” however, is that the film’s main character (Stan Jeter) is utterly inept and idiotic. Not only does this accidental hero cop mess up more times than one can remember, but he also has a gross fling with an underage daughter (Amy) of a fellow officer. Greg Francis makes it awfully hard to care about this young dope which, in turn, makes it hard to invest in this movie.

The lone bright spot of this flick is the presence of some veteran movie and TV actors such as Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver, and the underrated Ron Eldard. Unfortunately, all 4 actors are wasted in their roles here and are given very little to do aside from talk at a poker table (for the most part).


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. With the dark lighting and minimal locations, “Poker Night” is visually bland (and often grainy) even in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Truthfully, this track lacks that excellent DTS quality that we come to expect from a Blu-ray release.

The only extras are a “Poker Night” trailer and trailers for other XLRator titles.

February 25, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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