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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted February 14 2010 - 08:25 AM


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#2 of 34 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted February 14 2010 - 10:59 AM

I liked it, just finished the blu-ray and watching the extras.
Doesn't hurt that it was filmed in Philly so I was able to notice a lot of very familiar locations including Holmesburg Prison which can be seen from the highway while driving through Philly on I-95.

I was also lucky enough to be at City Hall while a scene was being shot outside of City Hall and took a few pictures of things around the set.

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#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted February 14 2010 - 11:11 AM

This has been recommended to me by a number of acquaintances, so I will be definitely giving it a try.

Thanks for the review, Michael.  This is a rather mainstream title for you to be reviewing, eh?!? 

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#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted February 14 2010 - 04:22 PM



Originally Posted by Mike Frezon 
 
I guess it depends on your definition of "mainstream". This wasn't produced by a major studio; so in that sense, it's far less "mainstream" than Drop Zone or Hard Rain or even Mystic River. I suppose it's "mainstream" if you think of genre pictures that way, but I've reviewed my share of genre pictures (e.g., [url=http://www.hometheaterforum.com/forum/thread/297128/htf-blu-ray-review-pandorum]Pandorum, also made outside the studios and released by Anchor Bay).
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Posted February 14 2010 - 04:36 PM

http://share.shutter...0AcM2zdy4aNWTjg

thats the album of pics mostly just chairs and a couple cameras outside of City Hall.

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#6 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted February 14 2010 - 04:53 PM

Michael- I'll have to check this one out.  Tony- Thanks for sharing the pics!

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Posted February 18 2010 - 08:48 AM

I had some issues with a kinda similar film, Taken -- without getting into spoilers, I'm curious whether this movie would rub me wrong in the same way.  I'll use the spoiler tag for those who haven't seen Taken:
I was totally turned off when Liam Neeson started abusing innocents along with the bad guys.  Especially when he shot the French guy's wife.  (Talk about a WTF moment!)  Does Jamie Foxx stick to punishing the guilty in this one?

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#8 of 34 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted February 18 2010 - 09:48 AM

First of all, I wouldn't call Taken a similar film.

Second, you have the characters switched. Jamie Foxx doesn't play the vigilante.
Third, it depends on your point of view. Shelton takes the position that no one he targets is innocent. His position is extreme, but it isn't frivolous.

And finally, my guess is that, if you feel the need to satisfy these kinds of concerns in advance, you probably won't enjoy the film.
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Posted February 18 2010 - 09:51 AM

I agree with Michael, this film isn't similar to Taken and I don't think you'll enjoy this film. Crawdaddy

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Posted February 19 2010 - 07:25 AM

OK, now you guys have me curious.  :)

Just to be clear --

It's not that I'd have an issue with the *character's* intentions; it's the film's portrayal that I'm wondering about.  For example, if Shelton starts blasting bystanders, but Rice is trying to stop that and the film makes him the hero, that's perfectly fine with me.  In Taken it felt like you were supposed to root for the hero while he was shooting people other than the bad guys.
At any rate, I'm not squeamish; just curious.


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Posted February 19 2010 - 08:04 AM

I watched the Director's Cut of this in the hopes that I would somehow like the ending better than I did in the theater, but alas it still was very disappointing to me.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the hell out of this movie, but the ending is a big letdown.  I didn't expect a different ending, just thought maybe things would have lead up to it better for me. 

Anchor Bay did a nice job on this disc and I'm happy with the purchase.  :)


#12 of 34 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted February 19 2010 - 09:23 AM



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Originally Posted by Aaron Silverman 

OK, now you guys have me curious.  :)

Just to be clear --

It's not that I'd have an issue with the *character's* intentions; it's the film's portrayal that I'm wondering about.  For example, if Shelton starts blasting bystanders, but Rice is trying to stop that and the film makes him the hero, that's perfectly fine with me.  In Taken it felt like you were supposed to root for the hero while he was shooting people other than the bad guys.
At any rate, I'm not squeamish; just curious.

 
I try to write reviews without spoilers. Let me put it this way:

Everyone that Shelton targets, he targets for a reason. Are the reasons always good enough? Well, that's the whole point of the film. A moment comes where his reasons no longer seem sufficient to anyone but Shelton, but that moment will vary from viewer to viewer. It varied within my own home, where my wife and I disagreed (and debated at length) about when Shelton crosses the line. So, end of the day, I can't predict with any confidence how another viewer will react.

I still don't think Taken is an apt comparison, but since you brought it up, I have to tell you:
I had zero problem with the French spy's wife getting shot. She wasn't a random bystander, and Mills didn't kill her. Besides, it's her husband's fault. He put her in the line of fire by taking pay-offs from white slavers and lying to his old comrade, to whom he owed at least a soupçon of loyalty.

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Posted February 19 2010 - 09:54 AM

I'm not sure who we are supposed to consider the hero in Citizen.

At the video store were I work many people are comparing this to Taken or at least saying if you liked Tken you'll like Citizen.

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Posted February 19 2010 - 09:57 AM

Jeez, I have to echo Michael's comments again including his opinion about Taken. Crawdaddy

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Posted February 19 2010 - 09:59 AM



Originally Posted by TonyD 

I'm not sure who we are supposed to consider the hero in Citizen.

At the video store were I work many people are comparing this to Taken or at least saying if you liked Tken you'll like Citizen.
 
I think by the end of the film, Rice becomes a changed person and therefore, becomes a hero.






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#16 of 34 OFFLINE   Scott Wong

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Posted February 21 2010 - 05:52 AM

I've not yet seen the director's cut... but I really liked the theatrical release.  :)

#17 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted February 21 2010 - 06:08 AM

Count me in the agree with Michael (and Crawdaddy) about taken catagory--spoioler comment included.  I still need to see this movie. 

#18 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted February 21 2010 - 06:11 AM

Damn you all!  I pulled the trigger as its still on sale at Amazon.

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Posted February 25 2010 - 09:09 AM

In the middle of watching.
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Posted June 13 2010 - 03:40 AM

This is on sale this week for $9.99 at Target and Amazon







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