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Body At Brighton Rock Blu-ray Review

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Not beary good.

“Body At Brighton Rock” is an indie survival horror thriller about a careless and unreliable part-time state park guide (Wendy) who decides to switch jobs for the day with a friend/co-worker to prove she’s up to the tougher task of posting signs of the park’s hiking trail. Alas, Wendy gets lost in the wilderness. Worse still, she finds a dead body which could have been the result of an accident or a murder. As she tries to radio for help, Wendy is stuck trying to survive in the wild all while watching over the crime scene while her imagination begins to run wild.

Writer/director Roxanne Benjamin is best known for anthology work in “XX” and “Soutbound.” It makes sense then that her first feature feels like a short that has been unnecessarily stretched out to feature length.

“Body At Brighton Rock” could have been an intense survival film with a poignant story about a woman overcoming fears and enduring a life changing experience. Instead, it’s a movie in desperate need of dramatic tension or, indeed, anything more eventful than what actually happens on screen. This is the type of movie that really tests one’s patience as it clogged with rustling, wordless scenes, montages, endless scenes of Wendy wandering, an out of place score, and idiotic character actions (Wendy endangers herself while taking a selfie). The twist ending only adds to the woes.

On the plus side, there are two stand-out elements here. For one, the cinematography by Hannah Getz is stunning. Even though the film itself leaves a lot to be desired, it’s at least visually engaging. Secondly, Karina Fontes (who plays Wendy) does a commendable job as the star. Despite the way her character is often written, she has to carry the film by herself for a majority of the time which is not an easy thing to do.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The impressive cinematography shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Every sound has an impact here thanks to this crisp 5.1 track.

Extras:
* Magnolia Home Entertainment trailers and a “Body At Brighton Rock” trailer.
* Photo gallery
* “Working With A Bear”- Writer/director Roxanne Benjamin talks about shooting the bear sequence.
* “A Wild Place To Film”- An extra about shooting in Idyllwild, California.
* “A Walk In The Woods”- An extra about the main character Wendy.
* A commentary by Roxanne Benjamin and Karina Fontes which is filled with behind-the-scenes information.

July 27, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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