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The World Made Straight Blu-ray Review

The World Made Straight Blu-ray

“The World Made Straight” is boredom personified.

Based on a novel by Ron Rash, “The World Made Straight” is the story of a young troublemaker (Travis) living in small North Carolina town that has a Civil War history.

The story more or less begins with Travis getting into a pickle after attempting to steal marijuana. Injured and unable to go back home due to a feud with his father, Travis finds himself befriending a former Professor turned drug dealer named Leonard (who has a mysterious past of his own). Not only does Leonard help Travis get his life together, but he also teaches the curious young lad more about his roots and Civil War history. Alas, their friendship becomes threatened as the local drug dealer/villain (Carlton) begins to stir up trouble.

While “The World Made Straight” has many ideas and storylines going on, they don’t all quite mix together. More often than not, the needlessly overlong film feels like it has an identity crisis. Is it a southern noir tale? Is it an inspirational character study about a mentor and his pupil? Is it a film about the past? Is a story of nasty drug dealers? It’s all of these things, but it doesn’t really need to be. The movie would have been better off juggling less characters and storylines and having a more involving dramatic center than bad guy drug dealers.

On the plus side, the film does boast an interesting cast that includes Haley Joel Osment, Jeremy Irvine, Noah Wyle, Steve Earle (yes, the musician), and Minka Kelly. Even though Osment is wasted in a nothing role and British actor Jeremy Irvine is miscast (see him in the superb “The Railway Man” instead), Earle, Wyle, and Kelly have stand-out performances. Earle in particular truly impresses as I would have never pictured the musician as a villain.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The dark and murky cinematography doesn’t exactly dazzle you in any sort of definition. With that said, it’s still a decent transfer, but don’t expect too much.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? Fine. No more, no less.

The only extras are Millennium Entertainment trailers.

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May 19, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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