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Wild Card Blu-ray Review

Wild Card Blu-ray

“Wild Card” is an uneven Jason Statham vehicle.

Conveniently timed for release the week of the Jason Statham starring blockbuster “Furious 7,” “Wild Card” is yet another Jason Statham flick in which he plays Nick Wild- a rugged security consultant who gambles, lies, and helps people (except himself). The story, which is based on William Goldman’s novel “Heat,” finds Nick chasing a dream, helping out a friend (Holly) who was severely beaten by a criminal (Danny), gambling, and befriending a young multi-millionaire (Cyrus).

Helmed by veteran director Simon West (best known for “Con Air” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”), “Wild Card is an oddly paced action movie that is light on action. While the attention to character is admirable, the story structure is downright puzzling. Now, I haven’t read the novel the film is based on so I can’t compare and contrast the two, but the movie feels like it’s three films in that it’s part revenge movie, part gambling movie, and part mentor movie. It’s a strange mixture that doesn’t quite gel together in a satisfactory manner.

As for the action scenes we do get (three set pieces to be exact), they are extremely well done. The first slow-mo fight scene is expertly edited while the climactic knife fight is brutally entertaining.

Cast wise, “Wild Card” is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood as Anne Heche, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Sofia Vergara, Milo Ventimiglia, Hope Davis, and Michael Angarano all make appearances. Granted, some actors are in the movie more than others, but everyone contributes here.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? From the sunny exteriors of Vegas to the dark casino rooms, this transfer delivers.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? I didn’t detect any problems with this DTS track. The dialogue and tunes were at the proper levels.

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “Script Vignette” (5:00) contains film clips and interviews.
* “Original Sin: Las Vegas And The Characters Of Wild Card”- A 16 ½ minute featurette that delves into the Vegas setting, the Nick Wild character, the other cast members, the story, etc.
* A so-so solo commentary by Simon West. He chats about sets, William Goldman, editing, the Nick Wild character, Vegas, and more.
* Digital HD copy.

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April 3, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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