Blu-ray Review: FINAL SCORE

FINAL SCORE was directed by Scott Mann from a screenplay by David T. Lynch, Keith Lynch and Jonathan Frank and stars Dave Bautista, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Stevenson, Julian Cheung, Lara Peake, Alexandra Dinu, Amit Shah and Ralph Brown.

Final Score tells the tale of an ex-soldier’s fight to save his niece after deadly terrorists abduct her during a soccer match. After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.

Final Score follows Michael Knox (Dave Bautista), a former soldier who visits his troubled niece Danni (Lara Peake) in England. He’s able to get her out of the house and takes her to a soccer game but once they arrive things get really intense. Arkady Belav (Ray Stevenson) and his Russian thugs are hiding out inside the stadium because he thinks his long-lost brother Dimitri (Pierce Brosnan), who is supposed to be dead, is alive and well and watching the game. You see, these two led a revolution back in the day but Dimitri saw the error of his ways and decided to fake his own death to ascape the chaos that Arkady believed in and still does to this very day. So now, Arkady and his goon squad have planted enough explosives inside the stadium to take out a big portion of it with the potential of killing lots of innocent people.

What happens is, Michael ends up having to deal with Danni’s rebellious side because she sneaks off to have a little fun with some friends but in the process he discovers the explosives that have been planted but he can’t do anything about it or get the fans out of the stadium because Arkady has it all locked down so he can locate his brother and hopefully reignite their old revolution. So, everybody watching the soccer game doesn’t even realize they’re trapped inside but Michael lets Faisal (Amit Shah), a stadium usher, in on what’s going on and the two of them try to find Danni and come up with a plan to stop this destructive plan. Arkady knows about Michael so he finds Danni first which makes the situation even more chaotic. He also finally come face to face again with Dimitri but the madman doesn’t get the answer he wants because his brother has left the war behind him and lives for peace in his new life. All of this violent chaos ultimately leads to an explosive finale between Michael and Belav where the good guy gets his niece back and saves the day – and what’s left of the stadium.

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, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. 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, Final Score has been described as “Die Hard in a football stadium” and it’s not far off from its description because it ended up being a pretty solid action-thriller. The story was your typical good guy versus bad guy / action hero plot but it all takes placee inside a soccer stadium while a game is going on which makes it a little different. Scott Mann did a good job capturing the intensity of this action-thriller and nothing was held back when it comes to the violence. If you’re looking for a violent action movie to watch look no further because this one is packing! The action scenes are great, especially the motorcycle chase that takes place inside and on top of the stadium. Dave Bautista has made a smooth transition from the wrestling ring to his acting gig and delivers a likable lead character with an impressive supporting cast behind him. I mean, we have Ray Stevenson and Pierce Brosnan along for the ride. Final Score will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on November 13th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, seven deleted scenes, a making of featurette and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Scott Mann, Writer Jonathan Frank, Actor Amit Shah, and Editor Robert hall
  • Deleted Scenes (05:59)
  • “Setting the Final Score” Featurette (07:15)
  • Digital Copy

 

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