Starring Milla Jovovich, Julian McMahon and Sarah Wayne Callies
Written and Directed by Julien Magnat
As the parade of new releases on DVD & Blu-Ray continues at video stores across the city of Toronto we are faced with that age old question once more; what are we going to rent tonight? Out today from our friends at eOne films is a thriller where the face of fear keeps on changing. It’s time to sit down with some “Faces In The Crowd”.
“Faces In The Crowd” follows the story of Anna (Jovovich); the only survivor of a serial killer’s reign of terror on the city, but after her attack which she miraculously survived she is left with ‘face-blindness’ and is not only unable to identify her assailant, but anybody else including her friends and loved ones. Now with the help of the detective on the case (McMahon) the only face she can actually recognize; she struggles to resume a normal life as her instincts tell her not to trust anyone she cannot recognize. Plagued by her fear of never returning back to a normal life, the killer ultimately closes in.
Writer/director Julien Magnat has come off of an 8 years hiatus from making features with an interesting concept and twist on the serial killer genre. Everything is well shot, and he effectively makes Winnipeg look like New York City, however this interesting concept falls flat in the execution. There are areas of the script that simply clunk like a lead balloon when the actors are performing the dialogue. It could have simply been a function of the budget but the quality of the cast took a serious turn south after Jovovich and McMahon. This film must have been shot before the success of the show ‘The Walking Dead’ as Sarah Wayne Callies was completely wasted and for some reason Marianne Faithful was in it?
Shot in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada is seemingly becoming a second home for Milla Jovovich who is currently shooting the 5th installment of the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise here in Toronto. Milla and her supporting cast were OK, but to say at the very least that no one in the film was laughably bad isn’t saying much. However points are deserved to the hard working men and women in the Canadian Film Industry who made Winnipeg look like a major North American city (ex. New York).
The picture quality on the Blu-Ray is stellar, and the extras on the disc include a behind the scenes look at “Faces In The Crowd”.
“Faces In The Crowd” was good enough to inspire me to pop the Blu-Ray into the player, and it’s at least worth a look, at about 5 minutes to closing time of the video store when everything else has been cleaned out. Interesting concepts and ideas, don’t always translate well as I suspect the script read a lot better then it showed on the screen.
2 out of 5 stars.
“Faces In The Crowd” is available at video stores across Toronto; click here for a list of some of the finer independent stores near you.
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