Checkmate DVD Review
How are two men playing a pivotal game of chess, a Priest, two criminal brothers, a pregnant woman and her police officer husband, a desperate father/husband, and a bank robbery connected? That, my friends, is the story of “Checkmate.”
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes “Checkmate.” For the most part, the story is a typical bank heist thriller that contains characters whose lives are interconnected, but the film has a supernatural element as well. I won’t go into that so as to not spoil anything, but suffice to say, that element is comically bad. Sadly, the rest of the movie is equally poor as well. From the atrocious dialogue (which is about 90% comprised of the F bomb) to the poor editing that barely establishes where characters are, “Checkmate” is one of those movies that makes you feel bad for the cast involved.
On the subject of the cast, “Checkmate” does contain a number of name actors such as Vinnie Jones, Danny Glover, Sean Astin, Mischa Barton and Johnny Messner. The bad news is each and every one of them arguably gives their worst performance. Jones is typecast as per usual as the tough guy while Glover doesn’t look remotely interested in anything he is doing. Astin is severely miscast as the character that makes zero sense- the sort of Hitman Priest. Barton has very little to do while Messner is so over-the-top bad that it becomes cringe worthy. The amount of times he utters “Fawk!” is unreal.
Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The movie is seriously low-rent, but the transfer is OK.
Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? So-so at best.
The only extras are trailers for other Alchemy titles.
Overall Thoughts: As much as it pains me to say it, there is nothing redeeming about “Checkmate.” It’s just flat-out bad.
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