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Freaks Blu-ray Review

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“Freaks” doesn’t pan out in the end.

In “Freaks,” the story revolves around a father (Henry) who keeps his 7 year old daughter (Chloe) in a dilapidated house. Initially, the audience is in the dark as to what is really going on. Is there some major threat in the real world? Are they the dangerous ones? Are they living in some sort of post-apocalyptic world? Is Henry lying to keep his daughter safe? What’s with the bleeding eyes? There are many questions. The answers slowly unfold, but to say anything more would be entering spoiler territory. What I can say is that Chloe learns that her mother is alive and in trouble and that becomes the central story.

Directed and written by Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky, “Freaks” (no relation to the 1932 classic) is essentially an ambitious mystery box movie. You aren’t sure what is happening and you aren’t even sure what genre of movie this is at the start. As the story progresses, however, matters become clear, but, as a result the movie becomes less appealing. After awhile, “Freaks” just feels like an amalgam of other better movies and shows like “X-Men,” “Looper,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “Midnight Special” with a darker, more violent, horror esque bent. In many respects, it feels as if you are watching a prologue to a bigger and potentially better story. Perhaps this is due to budgetary restrictions (although the movie boasts some impressive FX and visuals with its limited budget) or perhaps it was the creator’s decision to world build in this way. Whatever the case may be, it’s a frustrating journey that underwhelms.

The cast here is spot on. Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew and Emile Hirsch all turn in quality performances. The biggest surprise, however, is Lexy Kolker who plays Chloe. The movie relies heavily on the child character but Kolker does a fantastic job in literally carrying the movie along.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? Expect a quality hi-def transfer with some impressive visuals along the way.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track does the job.

Extras:
* DVD Copy
* Well Go USA Entertainment trailers
* A teaser trailer and a trailer for “Freaks.”
* “Behind The Scenes”- A standard featurette with set footage, interviews, character and story discussions.

December 13, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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