Nov 042011
 

An Invisible Sign was an intriguing movie that took some time to pick up and get into. Jessica Alba plays a role that I don’t believe she has played in the past and does it very well. She’s difficult to relate to and quirky to boot. The actual Blu-ray has a sever lack of features and the video quality is mediocre throughout the majority of the film.

 

 

 


An Invisible Sign (2010)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
MPI | PG13 – 96 min. – $29.98 | November 1, 2011

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Marilyn Agrelo
Writer(s):
Aimee Bender (book); Pamela Falk & Michael Ellis (screenplay)
Cast:
Jessica Alba, Chris Messina, J.K. Simmons

Theatrical Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited release)

DISC INFO:
Features:
Trailer
Number of Discs:
1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video:
1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles:
English SDH, Spanish

THE MOVIE – 3.5/5

Plot: Mona Gray (Jessica Alba) is a quirky young woman who has hidden in a private world of numbers ever since her father became ill. When Mona is offered a job as an elementary school math teacher, at first she is terrified but soon she introduces the students to her numerical obsession and inspires their own love of numbers. Can the Joys of arithmetic, multiplied by a shy romance with the school science teacher (Chris Messina) help Mona discover a new life she can count on?

As far as the cast goes; generally speaking I would not consider myself to be much of a Jessica Alba fan, she’s had her movies in the past that stand out but all her characters tend to blend into one. The role played in this movie was actually fun to watch, it won’t go down as one of her great roles or movies but her performance is absolutely noteworthy. Chris Messina was solid as the romantic interest but seemed overly generic with no real driving past or character build. He begins to fall for the main character without any solid reasons as to why. There was a decent supporting cast including J.K. Simmons (which didn’t seem to get enough screen time) and Sonia Braga who’s character seemed to have absolutely no drive to why she did half the things that she did.

The plot was an interesting look at a self created OCD case. Some of the antics seems slightly out of place and would never have happened had this taken place in “the real world,” and that seemed to pull me out of the movie to an extent.

An Invisible Sign was an intriguing movie that took some time to pick up and get into. Jessica Alba plays a role that I don’t believe she has played in the past and does it very well. She’s difficult to relate to and quirky to boot. The actual Blu-ray has a sever lack of features and the video quality is mediocre throughout the majority of the film.

Overall, it was a well played movie with some fun little twists and over the top situations. Worth a watch but nothing to write home about.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5

Theatrical Trailer

VIDEO – 3.0/5

An Invisible Sign on Blu-ray feels very much like watching a Widescreen DVD. Throughout the movie you will see a large amount of grain (or pixilation) in darker scenes. The picture is bearable but certainly not up to today’s standards.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

With no heavy action throughout the movie there is no use for the 5.1 surround sound that the disc comes equipped with but the volume did stay level throughout without any need for adjustment.

OVERALL – 3.5/5

While An Invisible Sign is a worthy watch it definitely has its issues. It took awhile to pick up and start with the actual story, it had its character flaws, and it seemed to drag in a number of spots. The Blu-ray is unimpressive as far as features and video are concerned. Ultimately, I would suggest this movie to be a rental and nothing more.

 

Jeremy
Published:
10/04/2011

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