Bad guys, bold girls, crime bosses...and a dangerous man with a serious case of puppy love? Meet the motley crew of the new action drama "Catch .44," currently out on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Arms in the air and hit the review ground below!
Title: "Catch .44"
Cast: Malin Akerman, Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis
Director: Aaron Harvey
Runtime: 94 minutes
Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment
The Flick: The main problem with "Catch .44" is that it’s a film we’ve seen before. Be it "True Romance," "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs" or the like, writer/director Aaron Harvey takes his cue from the Tarantino school of dialogue and scene set up and it feels a tad too familiar in both style and substance. The happy solution is the amazing cast Harvey’s assembled that makes this one a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it event. Nikki Reed (she of "Thirteen!"), Deborah Ann Woll, Brad “Graveyard Shift” Dourif, Shea “Splinter” Whigham, Bruce Willis and especially Forest Whitaker play their various parts with gleeful delight. But it’s the work of leading lady Malin "Watchmen" Akerman that raises the stakes on this one. With a performance full of both sass and sin, Akerman finally displays her real acting chops and it is the magic powder that keeps this films caliber high.
Best Feature: There’s only a single 'Commentary track' that could have been high on info and insight, but Director Harvey is taking his secrets to the grave.
Best Hidden Gem: Beating a dead horse maybe, but for all those who say Akerman is simply eye candy, this sweet has serious some sting.
Worth the Moola: If you can get past the chatter in a single location that ends in a Mexican standoff staging, this cast adds some kick.