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Barely Lethal Blu-ray Review

Barely Lethal Blu-ray

“Barely Lethal” is a generic action-comedy.

In “Barely Lethal,” the story revolves around a young assassin (Agent 83) from Prescott Academy. While she’s a skilled assassin, Number 83 really desires a normal life. While on a mission that goes wrong, Agent 83 goes MIA which gives her the opportunity to go into hiding as a foreign exchange student named Megan. Her transition into a normal teenager doesn’t go as planned, however, as she struggles to fit in. To make matters more complicated, Prescott Academy is trying to track her down as is a notorious arms dealer (Victoria). What will become of Agent 83/Megan? You’ll have to see for yourself.

Director Kyle Newman (who helmed the underrated “Fanboys”) has managed to make a watchable well-paced action-comedy with “Barely Lethal,” but the problem is there is nothing remotely fresh about his latest film. Not only does writer John D’Arco’s story feel like a cross between “Agent Cody Banks,” Hit Girl from “Kick-Ass,” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” but the “high school is hell,” “coming of age,” and “girl wanting a normal life” clichés/homages are completely by the numbers. More frustrating than that are the attempts at comedy or lack thereof. So many jokes fall flat here (see the running jokes with Rob Huebel’s character) and very few actually work at all. This is especially a bummer given the level of talent involved.

Speaking of the talent, if there’s one thing you can say about “Barely Lethal,” it’s that the movie boasts an incredible cast that contains Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner, Samuel L. Jackson, Hailee Steinfeld, Steve-O, Dan Fogler, Rob Huebe, Rachael Harris, Jaime King, Thomas Mann, Dove Cameron, and Toby Sebastian. While I won’t comment on everyone’s performances, I will single out two. It can be stated that Steinfeld hasn’t quite lived up to her Oscar worthy performance in “True Grit,” but she does a fine job as the lead. I’d like to see her do more dramatic work in the future though. The real star here is Samuel L. Jackson who has the film’s best moments and lines. It’s always nice to see Jackson in a more lighthearted role.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The low budget production values are more apparent here, but the hi-def transfer is still decent.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The DTS track handles the voice over, action, and music well.

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers.
* Nearly 7 minutes of deleted scenes.
* “Back To School: On The Set Of Barely Lethal”- A standard featurette that contains film clips, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, discussions about the script and characters, etc.
* Commentary by Kyle Newman, Dove Cameron, and Thomas Mann. Expect lots of behind-the-scenes stories.
* Digital copy.

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July 30, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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