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Once Upon A Time In Venice Blu-ray Review


“Once Upon A Time In Venice” is a colossal waste of talent.

“Once Upon A Time In Venice” is a quirky crime-comedy about the adventures of a Detective (Steve) and his fellow P.I. (John). To describe the meandering busy story would be delving into spoiler territory too much, but I will say the plot involves a criminal named Spyder, a kidnapped dog, money loans, graffiti, and real estate. You’ll just have to see how that all plays together (or not).

“Once Upon A Time In Venice” feels like the type of movie that is trying to channel other successful and or critically acclaimed movies. It’s part “John Wick,” part “Inherent Vice,” with a dash of Quentin Tarantino and neo-noir films. Unfortunately, none of the flavor of those movies and artists rub off on this film. At all.

For a long, long 94 minutes, “Once Upon A Time In Venice” leaves you wondering “How on Earth did this movie get such a great cast?” In addition to main cast members like Bruce Willis, Thomas Middleditch, John Goodman and Jason Mamoa, there are cameos and small roles by the likes of Kal Penn, Adam Goldberg, Ron Funches, Famke Janssen, Christopher McDonald among others. It’s a true all-star vehicle, but aside from John Goodman who has some memorable lines and moments, everyone’s talents are wasted in this woefully unfunny film. Unless you think dopey cartoony music, a naked Bruce Willis skateboarding, old man jokes, raunchy graffiti, and Bruce Willis and Ron Funches in drag sounds like comedic gold, this quirky movie is a downright cringe fest from start to finish.

Going back to Bruce Willis, he once again gives a lazy performance. As if you needed more proof as to how the career of Bruce Willis continues to spiral downward, you need only pop this in as proof. With the exception of “Looper,” Willis simply signs on to a movie for money now and shows no interest in any role he now takes on. It’s both sad and hard to watch as a film fan.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The sunny locals look crisp and clear in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An all-around solid audio track.

Extras include RLJ Entertainment trailers and a 16 ½ minute behind the scenes featurette which includes set footage, movie clips, interviews, and more.

August 24, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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