Blu-ray Review: MOLLY

MOLLY is the English-language first feature from co-directors Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese and stars Julia Batelaan who makes her feature film debut as the titular Molly, the latest addition to the pantheon of teens standing between evil and the end of the world. The film also stars Joost Bolt, Annelies Appelhof, Andre Dongelmans, Shilton Chelius and Emma de Paauw.

Molly is an electrifying and imaginative tale of one young woman’s determined struggle to survive in an inhospitable world. In a barren landscape ravished by war, a super-powered young woman roams the violent post-apocalyptic landscape, armed only with a bow and arrow, to confront the dangers around her.  When a sadistic ringmaster who runs an underground fight club hears of her supernatural abilities, he sends his sociopathic marauders to capture her and make her a star attraction in his cage fights.

Molly makes her way through this barren land where she lives off of scraps while fighting off any kind of threat that presents itself. There’s also something really special about her because she has some powers that allow her to defeat any enemy that threatens her or anyone she cares about. She meets a little girl named Bailey along the way and the two of them become friends, but with danger around every corner,they’re alwaysin danger. This ringmaster/kingpin wants Molly for his own selfish entertainment so he sends out his goons to locate and retrieve her but with every encounter they all come up empty handed or even dead. Molly finally comes face to face with this sinister figure and ultimately shows him how powerful she really is.

The front of the packaging 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 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, Molly ended up being a flawed but ambitious sci-fi entry from these Dutch filmmakers. The movie reminded me of the recent festival hit Turbo Kid from a few years back as well as classics like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Tank Girl simply because of the look of the characters and its gritty post-apocalyptic setting. This movie is a little darker so there’s not really any humor like the others. I guess the big flaw to me were the action scenes because even though they were choreographed, it all looked amatuerish and none of it was very exciting. The good points about the movie was the main character who was a lot of fun to follow plus there’s so much mystery about her that’s never really revealed. She’s powerful, that’s for sure, and everybody wants a piece of her. Hopefully there will be a sequel to Molly that will explain where this girl (and others like her) come from and how they got their powers. The Dutch action/sci-fi thriller will be available on Blu-ray on October 2nd and is priced to own.

Distributor: Artsploitation Films

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include a feature length commentary with co-directors Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese, a 30-minute making of featurette and trailer.

  • Audio Commentary
  • Making of Molly (31:22)
  • Trailer (02:26)

 

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