Aug 162018
 

Where Is Kyra? had a lot of potential but with such a thin story with very little actual plot, Michelle Pfeiffer does help carry the film with a great performance alongside Kiefer Sutherland.

 

 

Where Is Kyra?
(2018)

Genre(s): Drama
Universal | R – 98 min. – $22.98 | July 3, 2018

Date Published: 08/16/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Andrew Dosunmu
Writer(s): Andrew Dosunmu & Darci Picoult (story), Darci Picoult (screenplay)
Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland
DISC INFO:
Features: None
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 24.6 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 3.0/5


With Where Is Kyra?, mother!, Murder on the Orient Express and this year’s Antman and the Wasp, Michelle Pfeiffer has mounted quite the comeback after a four year absence. Although I haven’t seen the latter, and although I hated mother!, her performances thus far have been strong, none more so than here, where she is haunting at times.

This is a character driven drama centering on a recent divorcee Kyra Robinson (MICHELLE PFEIFFER) who has moved back in with her mother in her Brooklyn apartment and receives financial help as Kyra is having difficulties finding work. When her mother dies and her support system with her, Kyra does whatever she can to make ends meet from cashing in the mother’s pension checks after an error with the death certificate which she can’t afford to remedy to any menial work available. Meanwhile, she starts a relationship with neighbor Doug (KEIFER SUTHERLAND) who is also living day to day as a cab driver.

I generally did like Where Is Kyra? mostly due to Pfeiffer’s amazing performance rather than the story or artistic choices made by the director, Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George) who apparently wasn’t satisfied with this just being a straight-forward, finely acted, drama and instead inserted an annoying score (some cues reminded me of tomandandy’s music on Resident Evil: Afterlife) not to mention terribly dark lighting that makes a Zack Snyder movie look bright and cheerful by comparison. Honestly, it was rather difficult to see what the heck was going on in some scenes, in fact towards the end a characters asks if the curtains could be opened and I was thinking “Yes, please!” I didn’t get my wish, they remained close.

For me, those choices did detract what otherwise could’ve been a solid drama. Even so, Michelle Pfeiffer and to an extent Keifer Sutherland did give wonderful and, to me, realistic performances and I can only hope Pfeiffer will be remembered come awards season as she was basically the only reason the film was worth squinting through.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


No features were included and there was no slip cover. Inside there is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

 


VIDEO – 3.5/5


Universal somehow finds Kyra on Blu-ray despite there being little light. The 1080p transfer I suppose looks good, when you can even discern any objects or people, detail is relatively sharp and there is one instance of a pop in color, that in Kyra’s yellow rain jacket, otherwise it’s lot of bronze-like coloring amongst the deep and dark black levels.

AUDIO – 4.5/5


Surprisingly enough, the provided DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is rather aggressive. Most of the movie is more on the low key but still dialogue was crisp and clear and the score kicks in here and there. But where this impresses is toward the end when the LFE channel turns on and absolutely shook the ground and showed off respectable depth for what is essentially a character drama.

 


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, Where Is Kyra? had a lot of potential but with such a thin story with very little actual plot, Michelle Pfeiffer does help carry the film with a great performance alongside Kiefer Sutherland. The Blu-ray release offers good video, surprisingly great audio but nothing else as there are no bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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