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Murder Of A Cat DVD Review

Murder Of A Cat DVD

“Murder Of A Cat” is better left unseen.

An oddball, live at home, manchild (Clinton) decides to become a sort of amateur investigator when he discovers that his beloved cat has been mysteriously murdered. Upon investigating, he not only learns that his cat had a co-owner (Greta), but he discovers a local criminal plot that may or may not be connected to his cat’s brutal slaying. Can Clinton solve the mystery? Is he becoming attached to Greta? Will you care about anything that happens in this movie? You’ll have to see for yourself.

With “Murder of a Cat,” Gillian Greene (the wife of legendary filmmaker/producer Sam Raimi) steps behind the camera for her feature length directorial debut here. Unfortunately, it’s not a debut many will likely remember. While it’s nice to see a comedic noir/murder mystery, Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow’s script falls flat from the very first minute. Between the lack of humor and the irritating lead character Clinton, the film feels like a chore to finish. The story simply drags on and on and the resolution is not worth the journey.

While the script is an undeniable mess, a lot of the film’s issues are due to actor Fran Kranz. Kranz is the type of actor who can either be likable (see “The Cabin In The Woods” and “Much Ado About Nothing”) or like nails on a chalkboard (“Dollhouse”). With ‘Cat,’ Kranz is definitely in the latter category. It’s a completely obnoxious and over-the-top performance. You just want to tell the guy to dial it down! As for the rest of the cast, there are many talented performers here (namely J.K. Simmons, Nikki Reed, Ted Raimi, Blythe Danner, and Greg Kinnear), but they are all sadly wasted in their roles.


Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? Visually there is not much to look at here, but this low budget indie is still well shot regardless.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The track is a bit soft, but it does the job.

The only extras here are trailers for other Gravitas Ventures titles.


May 8, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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