Blu-ray Review: ACTS OF VIOLENCE

 ACTS OF VIOLENCE was directed by Brett Donowho from a screenplay by Nicolas Aaron Mezzanatto and stars Cole Hauser, Bruce Willis, Shawn Ashmore, Ashton Holmes, Melissa Bolona, with Sophia Bush, and Mike Epps.

Three Midwestern brothers, a crime lord, and an incorruptible cop are on a deadly collision course when the youngest brother’s fiancée is kidnapped by human traffickers. To save her, the MacGregor boys call on their military training – and the strength of family – to fight the most important battle of their lives.

The story centers around Deklan (Cole Hauser), Brandon (Shawn Ashmore) and Roman (Ashton Holmes), three close-knit brothers who have to take matters in their own hands when Roman’s fiancée Mia (Melissa Bolona) is kidnapped by some human traffickers led by ruthless kingpin Max Livingston (Mike Epps). The brothers report the crime to Detective James Avery (Bruce Willis) and Detective Brooke Baker (Sophia Bush) who have already been on trying to stop this trafficking ring but they haven’t had much luck because their hands seem to be tied by the law. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s the sad fact that the rules are holding them back and kind of keeping them from doing their jobs.

What happens is, Deklan and Brandon know they’re not going to get much help from the cops so they allow their military training to kick in and with their younger brother along for the ride, the three go on a dangerous mission to rescue Mia and get revenge on Max and his gang of thugs. By the way, Max is into all kinds of illegal activity, not just human trafficking. The three brothers end up taking their personal war straight to the kingpin and his gang where they ultimately save Mia from this nightmarish ordeal she was drug into. Unfortunately, not everyone makes it out alive and in the end just when Max thinks that he’s going to be able to walk away, Detective James Avery pays him a surprise visit and gets a little personal vengeance of his own.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Acts of Violence was a good action movie that deals with this close family and what they’ll do when one of their own is in danger. I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters because you really like these three brothers and the fiancée who gets kidnapped. Cole Hauser really sells it as the savvy big brother and comedian Mike Epps steps out of his comfort zone as the movie’s villain and does a great job. Bruce Willis really isn’t in the movie much at all and he actually filmed all of his scenes in just one day. I’m aware that this was one of those rush job productions and Brett Donowho did a good job telling the story and bringing it to life on screen considering the limited amount of time he had to work with. I feel like if they would have had more time filming, this one would have turned out so much better. It’s a flawed movie but it had so much potential to be a much better watch. Acts of Violence will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on March 27th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a “making of” featurette, seven interviews, theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Director’s Commentary
  • “Making Acts of Violence” Featurette (12:19)
  • Cast / Crew Interviews (51:30)
  • Acts of Violence Trailer (02:26)
  • Digital Copy
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