Curveball DVD Review
“Curveball” strikes out.
In “Curveball,” the story revolves around a high school teen (Nolan) who seems to have a bright future ahead of him. Not only does he have a loyal group of friends and a new girlfriend, but he’s also a talented pitcher to boot. Unfortunately, Nolan’s life completely falls apart after a tragic accident. Rather than trying to move on from the past, Nolan begins to develop a serious drug addiction. Can Nolan clean himself up or will his life continue to spiral out of control?
Even though the front and back of the DVD displays baseball imagery, “Curveball” is really an after school special disguised as a baseball movie. I wish I could say it’s a good one, but it’s not. At all.
While director Brandon Thaxton and writer Linton Barnett III clearly set out to make a profound story about addiction, life’s obstacles, and inner demons, the end result is an overlong, corny, no budget drama with some truly amateur acting and laughable dialogue. The flaws are never more evident than in the absurd final 20 or so minutes of the movie. I won’t give away what happens, but the events are so utterly misguided it’s baffling. The rest of the movie is just as tough to endure as Thaxton and Barnett beat you over the head with the ideas and themes presented in this movie.
Presentation: 2.00:1. How does it look? Despite the fact that “Curveball” is a very bland film visually, the transfer is acceptable.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 2.0. How does it sound? The sound quality is mediocre at best.
The only extras are RLJ Entertainment trailers.
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