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VICE Blu-ray Review

VICE Blu-ray

“VICE” is a lifeless sci-fi film.

Set in a futuristic city in which a massive resort (VICE) allows guests to live out their wildest fantasies with artificals (AI humans), “VICE” revolves around one such artificial (Kelly) who becomes self-aware after being reprogrammed. Seeing Kelly’s self-awareness as a big issue, the VICE head honcho (Julian) sends out his cronies to stop Kelly. While all of this is going on, a rugged anti-VICE Detective (Roy) also becomes involved in this situation. Where is the story heading for these 3 characters? Will Kelly seek revenge against VICE? Will Kelly change things for her fellow artificials? Will you even care what happens?

A sci-fi film about advanced robotics and a futuristic resort may sound promising on paper, but this “Westworld” knock-off brings nothing new to the table. Rather than doing something (or ANYTHING) with the concepts introduced here, writers Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore merely turn the film into one long chase sequence with clunky dialogue and even clunkier exposition. The two writers simply have nothing to say which is baffling since these heady ideas lend themselves to some interesting avenues.

As you’ve no doubt noticed from the cover art, the movie does indeed feature Thomas Jane, Ambyr Childers, and Bruce Willis, but this is not going to be one of those movies that they will likely want to include on their resume. Bruce Willis looks bored, but that’s hardly anything revelatory as it is par for the course lately. Jane is, well, Jane. He likes to play those “don’t give a crap” tough guy characters and that’s what he does here. I wish someone would give him some good roles again like with “The Mist” and “Boogie Nights.” Despite having the most interesting role, Childers sadly doesn’t get to do much here because the writers don’t allow her to do much at all.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite the downright funky lighting in this movie, the hi-def transfer is still solid.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The DTS track handles the quiet moments and the action heavy scenes well.

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers and a “VICE” trailer.
* Interviews with Brian A. Miller, Thomas Jane, Ambyr Childers, Bryan Greenberg, Johnathan Schaech, Andre Fabrizio, and Jeremy Passmore.
* “Behind The Scenes of VICE” contains interviews, character and story discussions, and film clips.
* A bland commentary by Brian A. Miller, Ambyr Childers, and Bryan Greenberg.

Overall Thoughts: There’s a reason this movie currently has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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March 17, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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