Blu-ray Review: LIGHT OF MY LIFE

LIGHT OF MY LIFE was written and directed by Casey Affleck who also stars alongside Anna Pniowsky, Tom Bower and Elisabeth Moss.

Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world’s population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested.

Light of My Life is a dramatic post-apocalyptic thriller that follows a father and his young daughter who live their lives by moving from place to place, away from civilization. Something happened to the females during the pandemic years earlier, and the ones that survived are now kept in camps, locked away from what’s left of the general population. The young girl’s mother was one of many who died during this myterious pandemic that never is fully explained. I think it’s kind of like what happened to the people in The Crazies. Her father tells her bedtime stories about her mother to try and give her some sense of normalcy even though there’s nothing normal about the world they’re living in.

The father has been teaching his daughter survival skills just in case something ever happens to him and she’s left alone in the world. He worries that she’s not paying attention sometimes because she is a kid after all and sometimes kids don’t understand. Whenever they do have to go out in public for supplies, the father hides his daughter’s gender and is very guarded and protective of her so he doesn’t let strangers get too close or even ask too many questions. What happens is, they finally find a safe place to stay for a while but there’s a threat that ends up presenting itself which nearly gets the father killed. In the end, it’s his young daughter who goes on the defensive to protect her injured father and she shows him that she’s taken in everything he’s teached her along the way.

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 specs. The Blu-ray disc is light blue and features the movie logo. 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, Light Of My Life ended up being a different kind of post-apocalyptic thriller because it focuses more on the relationship between this father and his young daughter. I liked the story and thought that these two characters and their father-daughter relationship was really interesting. Light Of My Life is a minimalist-style dramatic thriller that doesn’t rely on big special effects or grand sets so don’t expect anything like that. Instead, Casey Affleck has delivered a character-driven drama that’s a thought-provoking tale of what all a father will do and go through to protect his innocent daughter from the dangers of a world she knows nothing about. It’s an emotional slow burn that’s a really good watch. Light Of My Life will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on October 8th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment

Run Time: 119 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen

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

Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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