Blu-ray Review: AMBITION

AMBITION was produced and directed by Bob Shaye and stars Katherine Hughes, Giles Matthey, Sonoya Mizuno and Bryan Batt with a special appearance by Lin Shaye. Ambition was also produced by Michael Lynne, Sarah Victor and Unique Features.

In the gripping, suspenseful thriller Ambition, Jude is an intense, driven musician preparing for the biggest performance of her life-but her ambition could end up killing her. As her competitors begin to die bizarre deaths, she recognizes a pattern that seems to connect her. Is she next? Her suspicions are confirmed in a shocking climax that puts into question her chances for survival, and her sanity. Ambition creates a world where desire and revenge converge into a questionable reality.

The story for this Hitchcockian-style psychological thriller centers around Jude Hunter (Katherine Hughes), a promising violinist and college student who wants desperately to take the top spot at her school following the shocking death of Emily Foster, the talented star. Life goes on around Jude and her two roommates, Veronica and Sarah, who seem to be more interested in getting their latest lay instead of their college courses and worrying about their stressed out roomie.

A fog sets in over the campus as the mystery surrounding the death of the young violinist goes unsolved and a number of suspects are introduced including Jude’s music teacher, her cheating boyfriend, and Dave, the guitar playing neighbor with a British accent who catches her attention. What happens is, Jude’s world begins to spiral out of control because of the pressure that she puts on herself to be the perfect musician as well as what she’s going through in her personal life. In the end, the killer is finally revealed as more dead bodies suddenly pile up and unfortunately for Jude it’s all connected to her.

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, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Ambition ended up being a Hitchcockian-style thriller from Bob Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema and producer of many fan favorites like A Nightmare on Elm Street. I’m not sure what made Mr. Shaye decide to get behind the camera after all these years because even though the movie is a good watch there’s nothing really special about it. The story is the best part about the movie but I also thought the cast of unknowns did an okay job with their characters. I think biggest flaw with Ambition is the slow burn set up and the way the twist is quickly introduced at the end. It’s almost like they were in a hurry to get this thing out of the editing bay and didn’t really care how it played in the end because it could’ve been so much better. Oh yeah, there’s a completely unnecessary cameo by Lin Shaye, Bob’s sister, and I don’t know why this is even in the movie because it has absolutely nothing to do with what’s going on. Besides that, I thought it was a flawed but somewhat entertaining watch. Maybe? Ambition will be available on Blu-ray on November 5th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The only extras on the Blu-ray is the official trailer (01:23).

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