The Girl from the Naked Eye

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Welcome back to This Week In DVD! We take a look at fifteen new releases below, and a whopping eleven of them are good to great and worth your time! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Brake A man (Stephen Dorff) awakens in a plexiglass box that itself rests inside a car’s trunk. Confused at first, he soon learns his captors are after a very specific piece of information they need to complete a terrorist attack. Can he hold out against their threats and actions? This film bears thematic similarities to 2009’s Buried, but it’s a far superior experience (at least until the end anyway). Dorff does a fine job as the highly stressed lead, the story’s twists and turns are a solid mix of the expected, the smart and the unpredictable, and there are several genuinely exciting moments. Just be sure to turn it off about two minutes before the credits roll. [Extras: Commentary, featurette, music video]

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Most independent filmmakers know their place in the world of cinema, and that’s comedy/dramas about uninteresting and aimless twenty-somethings. I kid. But the point is a lack of a real budget precludes the option of spectacle and name stars. Most indies stick with drama and comedy because both can be accomplished with little more than actors, a location and a script. Genre films by contrast, including action, science fiction and fantasy, are usually far out of reach of the independents. But there’s a lot to be said for ambition, persistence and talent. Jake (Jason Yee) works as a security guard/driver for strippers performing escort services out of The Naked Eye club. When he discovers one of the dancers murdered on his living room floor he sets out to find the man responsible and will stop at nothing until he does. Flashbacks of Jake’s introduction to and time spent with Sandy (Samantha Streets) build an emotional backstory alongside his present day search for her killer. He cuts a bloody swath through the city and leaves a trail of broken bodies, cigarette butts and wise ass comments in his wake.

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published: 12.19.2014
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