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Galveston 4K UHD Review

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The middle act sinks “Galveston.”

Based on the novel by Nic Pizzolatto, “Galveston” is a crime drama that revolves around a criminal/hitman (Roy) who is dying from lung cancer. While on a job, he is double crossed and targeted for death, but he manages to stay alive. He also decides to save a captive prostitute (Rocky) he finds while there. Along with Rocky’s alleged sister, Rocky and Roy decide to hit the road to the titular Galveston while evading the mob.

Directed by Melanie Laurent and written/adapted by Jim Hammett, “Galveston” is a frustrating indie film about death, violence, and redemption that starts strong and ends strong in an emotional fashion. Unfortunately, there’s the uneventful middle act that you have to deal with. While there is some characterization to be had in this section (particularly dealing with Roy’s attempts at bettering himself and dealing with past demons), the middle act meanders about like a waiting game for both the characters and the audience. As a result, you are left wanting more than just a slow-burn movie that only has a few moments of intrigue.

Performance wise, “Galveston” soars with both Ben Foster and Elle Fanning giving strong performances. Foster has had himself quite a year in the serious drama department between this and “Leave No Trace.” Elle Fanning, who I have always felt is deeply underrated, flexes her acting muscles here in a decidedly more adult role.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? From the dark hotel rooms to the sunny daytime locals, this is a sharp transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This isn’t a very sound heavy movie (there is a lot of mumbling), but this track does the job.

The only extras are a Blu-ray copy, RLJE trailers, and a nearly 18 minute featurette titled “The Making of Galveston” which contains film clips, interviews, set footage, and more.

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December 7, 2018 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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