Blu-ray Review: SPINNING MAN

SPINNING MAN is based on the book “The Spinning Man” by George Harrar. The movie was directed by Simon Kaijser from a screenplay by Matthew Aldrich and stars Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Odeya Rush, Alexandra Shipp, Clark Gregg and Jamie Kennedy.

A professor’s life spirals out of control when he becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of a female college student. When a 17-year-old girl goes missing, family man and distinguished college professor Evan Birch’s (Guy Pearce) life is turned upside down as circumstantial evidence convinces gruff Detective Malloy (Pierce Brosnan) that Birch is a prime suspect. As Malloy begins to peel back the layers of Birch’s past indiscretions with female students, and Birch’s wife (Minnie Driver) begins to question his alibi, Birch’s life starts to unravel, and suddenly the questions that he faces aren’t merely academic — they’re a matter of life and death.

Spinning Man follows Evan Birch, an esteemed college professor and family man who ends up being the prime suspect when one of his female students goes missing. Detective Malloy is assigned to the case and it doesn’t take long for him to start questioning and following Evan because the evidence all points to him. So much happens to this family man in a short amount of time that he starts to question himself and even has a difficult time separating fantasy from reality.

Evan gets so stressed out about this unfortunate situation that he starts thinking that maybe he is the one behind it. Or maybe he’s just playing a game with the detective. Another big problem is, Evan had a little issue in the past with a former student who accused him of some things that he didn’t do but it was enough to cause some problems with his wife and leave him mentally scarred. Evan’s world appears to be falling apart and the mystery ends up driving him close to the edge until the truth about the missing girl ultimately reveals itself in the end.

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, Spinning Man ended up being really suspenseful thriller and it’s a movie that deals with this touchy subject that we see in the news way too much these days – the dreadful teacher and student affair that’s not allowed. The thought-provoking story about this “missing person mystery” was extremely interesting because of the likable main character and the questions that surround him. The entire movie teases the viewer about what actually happened and in the end all is revealed and of course it comes with a little extra twist. I thought Simon Kaijser did a great job telling the story and the impressive cast delivered some intense performances. One of the best things about the movie is this amazing cast assembled for it. Guy Pearce delivers as the likable professor/family man and Pierce Brosnan counters just right as the veteran detective who’s been assigned to the case. Spinning Man will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on June 26th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 100 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 behind-the-scenes featurette, five deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Director’s Commentary
  • “Inside Spinning Man” Featurette (12:12)
  • Deletes Scenes (04:23)
  • Spinning Man Trailer (02:17)
  • Digital Copy


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