Catch .44 is a mess of a film that would’ve been gone and forgotten on shelves if not for the name cast the filmmakers managed to gather. The writing isn’t the best and the acting, despite having some good talent, doesn’t make it any better. The Blu-ray at least has serviceable video and audio transfers but the features don’t measure up.
Genre(s): Action, Suspense
Anchor Bay | R – 94 min. – $29.99 | December 20, 2011
Directed by: Aaron Harvey
Writer(s): Aaron Harvey (written by)
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Brad Dourif
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 1.5/5
Plot: Three tough, sexy hit women (MALIN AKERMAN, NIKKI REED, and DEBORAH ANN WOLL) are sent to rural Louisiana to intercept a big money drop deal. But when they get to the near-empty roadside café, bullets blast apart what was supposed to be a simple transaction. It could be a huge, bloody misunderstanding but it might also be a deadly double-cross.
Catch .44 is a Tarantino rip-off sans creativity and, well, everything else that makes a Tarantino film great. Basically, this is a mess of a film. The characters are bland, the writing downright terrible and the plot is simply boring and predictable. The only redeeming factor might be with Malin Akerman who tries her best with what little she was given but everybody else is embarrassing. Speaking of the cast, which includes an Oscar winner and veteran, I have to wonder as difficult as it is to get a Hollywood motion picture off the ground, how in the world the filmmakers manage to get a Bruce Willis (even in a small role) or Forest Whitaker?
Anyway, the short of it is Catch .44 despite having a decent cast isn’t very good. The dialogue is atrocious or, at best, wooden, the acting embarrassing to some great veteran actors and the direction fairly mundane. I cannot think of a single reason why anyone should bother with this movie even if it’s only 87 minutes (minus credits).
The movie was written and directed by Aaron Harvey making his second feature after 2007’s The Evil Woods, a horror film which received even worse reviews, making me wonder even more how he managed to this cast.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5
All we get here is an Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Aaron Harvey and Editor Richard Byard and although it’s not a bad track, it’s nothing special either. It’s not surprising we didn’t get anything else since I doubt anyone on the cast wanted to appear on camera anymore than have already…
VIDEO – 3.75/5
Catch .44 is presented with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and while the 1080p high-def transfer isn’t fantastic, it is crisp and clean throughout. I think it might’ve been shot digitally because it’s void of any sort of imperfections including film noise and grain. I will admit that there are moments that look a tad soft but otherwise it’s still a well detailed transfer.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The Dolby TrueHD track offers up some nice depth between the quieter dialogue-driven scenes and the insane score/music through the opening credits. This is a good audio transfer where the primary action takes place through the center channel while ambient noises make use of the front and rear channels. The LFE channel doesn’t get much use but I did get a few rumbles every so often.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, Catch .44 is a mess of a film that would’ve been gone and forgotten on shelves if not for the name cast the filmmakers managed to gather. The writing isn’t the best and the acting, despite having some good talent, doesn’t make it any better. The Blu-ray at least has serviceable video and audio transfers but the features don’t measure up.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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