New to Blu-Ray/DVD this Week (May 17, 2011)

19 May

The Mechanic

Rated: R

Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland

Director: Simon West

Synopsis from IMDB: Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.


Pac’s Take:  I missed this one in theaters, though it was certainly one I wanted to see.  I enjoy Jason Statham more as a comedic actor than an action star, but the true draw of this film is Ben Foster.  I’m captivated by his performance every time he is on-screen, especially in roles where he behaves violently (movies like 30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma, Alpha Dog, and Hostage come to mind).  His involvement escalated this film from another mindless Statham action flick to a must see, and now that it has arrived to home video, it’ll definitely be near the top of my queue.  I will have to keep my expectations in check, however, considering the mixed reviews it received from critics, as well as its paltry domestic gross.

The Rite

Rated: R

Starring: Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins and Ciarán Hinds

Director: Mikael Håfström

Synopsis from IMDB: An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.


Pac’s Take:  Unlike The Mechanic, I was able to see The Rite in theaters; and considering it was one of my most anticipated films of 2011, it was a disappointment.  The over use of the exorcism genre in recent years may have contributed to this films disappointment, not to mention some one-dimensional performances.  However,  I do not think the film was as bad as its 19% Rotten Tomatoes score suggests, and Anthony Hopkins performance alone in this film is enough to warrant it a rental.  If you haven’t seen The Rite yet and like Anthony Hopkins, you should absolutely check it out.

The Other Woman

Rated: R

Starring: Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow

Director: Don Roos

Synopsis from IMDB: A comedy/drama that details the story of a woman’s difficult relationship with her stepson.


Pac’s Take:  The ugly stepchild to the busy year Natalie Portman has had at the box office with Black Swan, No Strings Attached, Your Highness, and Thor; The Other Woman received a limited release and fairly poor reviews.  Though this movie is considered a comedy/drama, there doesn’t seem to be much comedy in the film, based on the trailer.  Still, this is the closest thing to a Rom Com we have this week; and given my premise that one releases each week, I’ll peg it as such.  Though it is not the type of subject matter I’m often interested in watching, Natalie Portman is one of my favorite actresses and I may see the film eventually for her involvement alone.

The Roommate

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester and Cam Gigandet

Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Synopsis from IMDB:  College student Sara finds that her new roommate Rebecca has an obsession with her, which quickly turns violent.


Pac’s Take:  Like The Rite, The Roommate is not as bad as its 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s still not a very good movie.  This knock off of Single White Female, compromises the quality of acting for prettier faces as well as dropping the R rating to a much more box office friendly PG-13.  The cast list reads a lot like a CW drama and adding the Screen Gems logo is the icing on this incredibly bland cake.  I’m sure this movie will do well in home video sales because of its rating and cast, but there are plenty of better options releasing this week (as well as checking out Single White Female).


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