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Level 16 doesn’t feel like the most original sci-fi(ish) thriller but I did like some of the atmosphere writer-director Danishka Esterhazy brought to the table and the performances from Katie Douglas and Celina Martin were both impressive.

 

 

Level 16
(2018)

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Horror, Drama
Dark Sky Films | NR – 102 min. – $29.98 | April 30, 2019

Date Published: 05/17/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Danishka Esterhazy
Writer(s): Danishka Esterhazy (written by)
Cast: Katie Douglas, Celina Martin, Peter Outerbridge, Sara Canning
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurette, Interviews, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 49.43 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.76 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Dark Sky Films 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 — 3.25/5


Plot Synopsis: Trapped in a mysterious boarding school, 16-year-olds Vivien (KATIE DOUGLAS) and Sophia (CELINA MARTIN) embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment. They must tread carefully as they investigate their captors, Dr. Miro (PETER OUTERBRIDGE) and Miss Brixil (SARA CANNING), and find a way out.

Quick Hit Review: Level 16 is a well made movie though certainly feels like one I’ve seen many times before for some reason. On the positive side, the acting from a young and mostly unknown cast that includes Katie Douglas and Celina Martin was pretty good and Douglas in particular seems to have that “it” factor to hold her own as a lead. I won’t say the movie breaks new ground but as independent thrillers go, it is fairly entertaining and worthy of a rental if you manage to find it at Red Box or on Netflix.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5


Included is a standard Making-of (5:03) featurette; Interviews (1:49:57) by Katie Douglas (10:48), Celina Martin (12:40), Sara Canning (9:23), Peter Outerbridge (10:27), “The Students” (4:58), Writer/Director Danishka Esterhazy (30:53), Production Designer Diana Magnus (16:02), Costume Designer Jennifer Stroud (3:08), Producer Judy Holm (6:28) and Executive Producer Jamnes Weyman (5:10); and the Trailer (1:21).

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Dark Sky Films releases Level 16 where it’s presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Although the movie is almost entirely set indoors, and in a basement setting with little natural daylight outside a scene or two, this isn’t a dark looking film with some bright colors. Detail is also impressive with a nice sharpness and detail throughout.

AUDIO – 4.25/5


The movie comes stocked with a strong and surprisingly semi-robust DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The majority of the movie might be full of dialogue but there are nice little ambient noises that come through the rear channels and does a good job giving the more enclosed feeling of the tight setting.

 


OVERALL – 3.75/5


Overall, Level 16 doesn’t feel like the most original sci-fi(ish) thriller but I did like some of the atmosphere writer-director Danishka Esterhazy brought to the table and the performances from Katie Douglas and Celina Martin were both impressive.

 

 

 

 

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

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