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The Row Blu-ray Review

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“The Row” is a dull slasher.

After Detective Cole drops his daughter Riley off at college, things take a turn for the worse for the both of them. Cole ends up shooting a partner in a tragic accident and is suspended while sorority women at Riley’s college are being preyed upon by a masked serial killer while Riley is trying to get into that same sorority. Things get even worse after Riley learns that her mother attended the sorority and was involved in a hazing that led to a woman’s death. Is this incident somehow linked to the murders taking place? Does Riley know the killer? All is revealed in the end.

“The Row” is the type of indie horror film that doesn’t work from the start. The shaky and downright nauseating cinematography by Jamie Barber makes the movie visually unappealing, the editing makes the movie come across like a loud music video, the direction by Matty Beckerman is clumsy, the acting is largely amateurish (there are a few exceptions I will get to), the titular row app story element is barely explored, the plot is full of holes (this college doesn’t seem very concerned with all of the death on campus), and the tired story plays out like so many slashers you have seen before such as “Scream” and “House on Sorority Row.” The movie only seems concerned with selling itself on having an attractive cast and horror thrills and if that’s your thing you might derive some enjoyment out of it. However, if you’re looking for a good horror film or something outside the norm horror wise, you won’t find it here.

The only thing really going for this movie is a couple of decent performances that make the oddly long 88 minute runtime tolerable. Randy Couture may not be an acting legend, but he at least commits to the role here and tries his best. Lala Kent does an admirable job in the main role as Riley while Mia Frampton (who plays Riley’s friend Becks) definitely gives the best performance in the film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The movie looks cheap and the fact that it’s in hi-def isn’t changing that. Sure, the colors look bright (a little too bright if you ask me), but the transfer is generally underwhelming.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A lively 5.1 track.

Extras: * Digital copy * Lionsgate trailers and a trailer for “The Row” * “Making The Row”- A featurette containing film clips, interviews, story discussions, and more. * An informative solo commentary by director Matty Beckerman.

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September 21, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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