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Absolution Blu-ray Review

Absolution Blu-ray

Byron Mann carries the action-thriller “Absolution.”

In “Absolution” (AKA “The Mercenary: Absolution”), Steven Seagal plays a contract killer for hire (John) who saves a woman (Nadia) from a sadistic killer crime syndicate boss (known as The Boss). Unbeknownst to John, The Boss is actually one of John’s employers, but John and his partner Chi don’t care. John wants to make amends for his past mistakes, help Nadia, take out the scumbag Boss, and hopefully turn his life around.

Despite having an entirely simplistic plot and story, “Absolution” manages to hold your attention. Truth be told, that’s really all you can ask of from a standard 90 minute crime thriller that was clearly made for an international audience. While that may not exactly be high praise, it’s not as if this film is reaching for the sky. It is what it is- an action vehicle for star Steven Seagal.

On the subject of Steven Seagal, the aging action star seems to be rather bored and sleepy here. When he’s not mumbling or delivering lines (most of which contain the word “bitch” or “man”), Seagal spends a lot of time sitting down or barely moving. There’s very little hand to hand combat action from Seagal in this film and you can clearly spot a stunt double more times than there should be one. I don’t know if he’s unwell or if he doesn’t care, but it’s a little troubling to see the once bad-ass action star do very little on screen. Luckily, martial arts film star Byron Mann (perhaps best known for “Arrow” and “Street Fighter”) picks up the slack and delivers several exciting action moments. He really is the true star of this film. As for Vinnie Jones, he has a rather small role as The Boss, but he brings the brutally violent psychotic character to life with ease.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? I have no complaints. This is a sharp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? A fine track that handles the action well.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers and an “Absolution” trailer.
* 47 minutes of cast interviews including Steven Seagal, Vinnie Jones and Byron Mann. The actors primarily chat about their characters.
* The 15 minute “Behind The Scenes Of Absolution” contains interviews, film clips, set footage, and discussions about characters, action, and more.
* A solid and informative commentary by Keoni Waxman, Binh Dang and Josh Barnett.

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July 8, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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