Blunt Force Trauma DVD Review
“Blunt Force Trauma” lacks plot.
“Blunt Force Trauma” is set in the world of underground gun duels. In these duels, the competitors wear bulletproof vests, stand apart, and shoot one another until only the winner is left standing in his or her designated area. Our “guide” through this world is the main character of John. John’s (a sharp shooter) ultimate goal is to face the top dog champion (Zorringer), but he has to work for it first. Amidst his quest, John meets a fellow duelist (the feisty Colt) who is looking for her brother’s murderer (Red). Unsurprisingly, John and Colt begin to connect and develop feelings for one another.
The world of underground duels is certainly a unique niche topic to explore cinematically. After all, if arm wrestling can have a movie in “Over The Top,” why not this? Unfortunately, “Blunt Force Trauma” doesn’t do much with the subject matter. The film is largely comprised of duels, John and Colt traveling around, John waiting to duel Zorringer, John and Colt getting to know one another, a montage, metaphors, repeat. It’s all basically one long lead up to the ending with very little plot in between. Truth be told, the movie could have been trimmed by 15 minutes because there is so much filler here.
On the plus side, there is some quality acting by Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten, and Freida Pinto. Kwanten (best known for “True Blood”) may not have a ton of range, but he always gives it his all. Rourke only has a small role, but it’s essential to the story. As for Pinto, I’ve liked her since I saw her in “Slumdog Millionaire.” She should really be in more films.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The cinematography by Paulo Perez shines even in standard definition.
Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? The track is fine, but it’s not going to wow anyone.
Extras: Alchemy trailers.
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