The Suspect, despite a somewhat convoluted story, isn’t all that bad of a film thanks in large part to two great performances from Mekhi Phifer and William Sadler who play off one another so well.
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Suspense
RLJ Entertainment | NR – 98 min. – $29.97 | April 22, 2014
Plot Outline: A small town bank robbery leads to a brutal showdown between a sheriff (WILLIAM SADLER) and a mysterious stranger (MEKHI PFIFER) in this high stakes game of shifting identities and hidden motives. When the obvious suspect is apprehended not far from the crime scene, the police think the case is solved, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The real crime hasn’t even happened yet. Before it’s over, two desperate men (PHIFER and STERLING K. BROWN) will be pushed over the line where innocent lives – and a lot of money – hang in the balance.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
Audio Commentaries – Amazingly, this movie includes two tracks: 1) Director Stuart Connelly and 2) Producer Mary Jo Barthmaier. Neither are particularly great, and probably could’ve been spliced together, but each provides different perspectives on the filmmaking process.
Conversation with Director Stuart Connelly (28:56; HD) is a behind-the-scenes featurette and interview with the writer/director discussing the movie and its characters set against some BTS footage.
Music Video (3:44; HD) for “Happy Endings” by The Real Tuesday Weld
Extended Scenes (17:14; HD) include several that were trimmed for one reason or another.
Making a Scene (7:52; HD) takes us behind the camera and looking how a scene comes together via storyboards and visual effects integration.
Theatrical Trailer (1:51; HD)
VIDEO – 4.25/5
RLJ Entertainment distributes The Suspect onto Blu-ray presented with a 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Aside from some obvious instances of banding, this picture doesn’t look all that bad where detail levels are sharp and colors appear to be well balanced.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The movie includes a bombastic (not a in a good way) 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Although most of the dialogue and ambient noises make use of the front and center channels, it’s not exactly a robust track with audio evenly dispersed rather than favoring one speaker.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, The Suspect, despite a somewhat convoluted story, isn’t all that bad of a film thanks in large part to two great performances from Mekhi Phifer and William Sadler who play off one another so well. The Blu-ray has good audio/video transfers while the features are more than I had expected from a DTV release like this.