It’s easy to see why Blindsided had a hard time seeing a home video release after some distribution overseas. Michael Keaton is easily the best part of the entire film making it from a utter turkey to something watchable if only one time, though I can’t say it’s worth even a rental.
Cinedigm | R – 85 min. – $14.93 | June 2, 2015
THE MOVIE – 2.0/5
Sara Taylor (MICHELLE MONAGHAN), a photojournalist blinded in Afghanistan, is forced to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with Hollander (MICHAEL KEATON) and his brutal accomplice Chad (BARRY SLOANE) — two men who will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is a fortune in stolen diamonds hidden somewhere in the penthouse. Sara claims not to know where the diamonds are. But Hollander intends to find out, proving to be a master of psychological and physical torture, utilizing all his nasty tricks in an effort to break Sara’s resistance.
Quick Hit Review: Sitting on the shelves for 2-3 years, Blindsided finally sees its release in the United States after a television debut last year and DVD releases in a variety of countries, no doubt in an attempt to capitalize on Michael Keaton’s Academy Award nomination. As for the movie itself, it’s not very good though I suppose its passable entertainment but not much more than that. The biggest issue isn’t so much with the acting as Keaton for his part probably was one of the few saving graces, but the writing, as advertised by the writer of Lakeview Terrace and Obsessed, is pretty bad at times and there came a point near the end that it became utterly laughable.
As it is, this isn’t worth even a rental and even so, has little to no replay value. I can’t fault the actors and the production design at least is relatively impressive, but there’s not much else to admire and it is understandable why it had trouble finding a home on video in the U.S.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
This release comes with a glossy slip cover. No features were included.
VIDEO – 4.25/5 | AUDIO — 3.75/5
Blindsided is released on DVD presented with a 1.78 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio and appears to be a mostly good looking transfer with no major signs of artifacting. The Dolby Digital 5.1 isn’t terribly dynamic but gets the job done with clear dialogue levels throughout and showcases some of the more suspense-filled scenes.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, it’s easy to see why Blindsided had a hard time seeing a home video release after some distribution overseas. Michael Keaton is easily the best part of the entire film making it from a utter turkey to something watchable if only one time, though I can’t say it’s worth even a rental.