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the little things (Blu-ray) review

the little things (Blu-ray) review
« on: May 02, 2021, 11:03:24 AM »


Studio: Warner Brothers 
Release Date: May 4, 2021
Rating: R
Film: 3/5
 
Plot
Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Rami Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
 
My Thoughts
I’ll watch pretty much anything that stars Denzel Washington and when this title landed on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to watch it. The reviews were mixed, and fans seemed to like it more than the critics did. Sure enough, it ends up being a middling affair with some good points and some pretty bad ones as well. First, Malek was poorly cast as the brooding detective and Jared Leto was wildly underutilized and I found his portrayal as the villain to be a bit cliched. All told, I thought the first two acts were engaging and did a good job of setting up the story, but the ending was a complete letdown and left a lot to be desired. At first I thought they were setting up a potential sequel, but the more I think about it I think the writer/director wanted something unique and it falls somewhat flat.
 
 
Video 4/5
 
Audio 4/5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
 
Special Features:
 
  • Four Shades of Blue featurette
  • Contrasts  in Style featurette
  • Blu-ray + Digital Code
 

 
 
Conclusion
While there are worst ways to spend an evening, I really felt betrayed by the way the third act played out. In the end I felt like there was really no point to the movie because of the way it ended. I’d be curious to hear from others on their thoughts as well. Give it a rent or check it out on HBO Max.
 
 
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Re: the little things (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2021, 02:31:37 PM »
This movie was very meh. At least to me. Maybe I was expecting too much
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Re: the little things (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2021, 02:44:00 PM »
This movie was very meh. At least to me. Maybe I was expecting too much
It started way better than it finished. I thought the tension in the first act was quite good and then went downhill from there. I love Washington though, which probably skewed my score 1/2 point higher :)
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Re: the little things (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2021, 06:51:48 AM »
i think him in it is what caused me to be disappointed.  high expectations 
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