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Latest Blu-ray reviews

The Wrestler

wrestlerPRICE: £24.99
SOUND: DTS-HD
DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky
STARRING: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

If ever a movie revelled in the poverty of others, Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler is it. Telling the tale of a professional grappler in the twilight of his career forced to come to terms with the consequences of his chosen path (a daughter who hates him, a dodgy ticker and a thin wallet), this is a movie that wallows in the muck of its protagonist’s lifestyle and in doing so makes a hero of a man audiences would otherwise boo.
Randy The Ram hangs out at strip bars, he snorts coke, he takes steroids, he’s a dreadful father and, it’s fair to say, wouldn’t be everyone’s favourite deli counter assistant, and yet, such is the nature of his fallibility, you can’t help but root for him. Much of this is due to the perfectly formed script that’s laced with charm and is, despite the often-outlandish subject matter, consistently relatable. But it’s also down to a terrific performance from Mickey Rourke, who is so perfect for the role of the rundown, sorrowful Randy that imagining anyone else in the role is like trying to find the corner of a circle.

Despite it’s grit and warmth, however, The Wrestler is an achingly familiar experience. Its downbeat mood and thoroughly good violence might distinguish it from other in-the-ring dramas, but the lack of surprises ultimately prevents it from reaching classic status. Still, there’s only so much you can criticise a drama as outright enjoyable and affecting as this. 4/5

Valkyrie

valkyie PRICE: £24.99
SOUND: DTS-HD
DIRECTOR: Bryan Singer
STARRING: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Brannagh

For a director with a strong reputation, it seems a while since Bryan Singer made a decent movie. This thriller about a planned coup of Hitler’s Nazi government during World War II doesn’t buck the trend either. The tone and style are fine, and despite some questionable decisions regarding accents, the performances are uniformly good, but this film is irreversibly damaged by its director’s handling of the suspense. Thrillers can be many things, but they must all be exciting – this isn’t. 2/5

Slumdog Millionaire

slumdogPRICE: £24.99
SOUND: DTS-HD
DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle
STARRING: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto

Such was the dearth of real quality movies in the Oscar season just gone, this average drama managed to clean up. Following the fortunes of a young lad growing up in India as he moves from the slums to call centres to a TV gameshow, Danny Boyle’s picture is in parts funny and eye-opening but in others contrived and unconvincing. Overall, it’s an entertaining story but one that’s far too light to move or challenge. 3/5

Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines

t3PRICE: £19.99
SOUND: TrueHD
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Mostow
STARRING: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes

We’re not sure which buffoon was in charge of this, but whoever it was had clearly never seen a Terminator movie before. Instead of being dark and terrifying, this is colourful and silly. Instead of having a hero to cheer, this has a waif to sneer. It does at least have some smart set pieces, a brave ending and some incredible special effects, but even these cannot save this car crash. 2/5




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