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Survive The Game Blu-ray Review

Game over, man.

After starring in the dreadful “Survive The Night” together, Bruce Willis and Chad Michael Murray reunite for “Survive The Game.” Despite the title similarities, this is not a sequel. Instead, it’s a crime thriller that just might be one of the worst Bruce Willis movies yet (and that’s saying something).

Directed by James Cullen Bressack and written by Ross Peacock, “Survive The Game” revolves around 2 cops (David and Cat) who are about to bust 2 criminals (Mickey and the Harley Quinn knockoff Violet). The bust goes awry, David is injured, and Mickey and Violet flee the scene and stop at a farm home which happens to belong to a military veteran (Eric) who is grieving the loss of his wife and child. Cat manages to track them down, but the tables turn on both Cat and Eric and the two have to run for their lives. Worse still, Mickey and Violet get back up via their superiors AND David is taken hostage. Can Cat and Eric stop the criminals and rescue David or are they doomed?

Direct to home video Bruce Willis movies have become a genre unto themselves at this point. Some might enjoy the mindless entertainment, some might find camp value in them and others like myself wonder why these movies keep getting made. There is so little going on in “Survive The Game” that you have to wonder if the movie was made up on the spot. Most of the movie involves characters running around a rented property/set with characters occasionally firing bullets or inept henchmen dying.  Yes, there are a couple of car chases, but they are so badly done that you’ll likely find yourself laughing at them. In fact, none of the action is good here unless you like choppy edits and shaky cam shots.

And then there’s the dialogue. To say most lines are atrocious is an understatement. You can expect “winners” like “You two suck” and “You and me against the world, baby!” They even go as far as to rip off lines from OTHER movies!

As mentioned above, the big names in the cast here are Bruce Willis and Chad Michael Murray, but there’s a few other recognizable actors such as Zack Ward. Nobody here delivers a good performance. Willis in particular is in peak disinterested mode as he mumbles a few lines, sits in a chair, laughs like a maniac, and stands up to fight once in awhile.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The overexposed color style looks decent in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is unlikely to wow anyone, but it’s serviceable. 

Extras: Digital copy and a “Survive The Game” trailer.

October 26, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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