A limited number of new DVD titles will be released Tuesday, Dec. 30. Here’s what you have to pick from for a New Year’s Eve movie viewing.
The director is never in a hurry to move a scene or his camera along, preferring instead to allow star Denzel Washington time to mull each moment.
There are times when this pacing works to build tension. Other times, the slow moments should have been used to fill some of the gaping script problems.
Despite the problems, Washington’s performance is compelling enough to hold the story together. If this becomes a film franchise for Washington, a little less patience with the direction and more attention to the writing will need to be taken.
The problem is that director Kevin Smith — who hasn’t helmed a movie since “Red State” three years ago — doesn’t seem comfortable enough with the horror of the story to make it a gut-turning tale of terror. He keeps blunting the macabre moments with drifting monologues and a farcical performance by Johnny Depp.
Unlike “Centipede,” Smith has built in a lot of idiotic humor through the work by Depp. His cockeyed cop offers a foolishness that looks to balance the bizarre. Depp’s performance is so offbeat that it comes close to pushing the movie into a farce. A less clownish job by Depp would have given the film an even balance between the bizarre and silly.
Also new on DVD Dec. 30: