Blu-ray Review: THE TICKET

THE TICKET was written and directed by Ido Fluk and stars Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman, Kerry Bishé and Oliver Platt.

After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements—a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car—leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his plain wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend Bob (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. Director Ido Fluk paints a visual world that reflects the mesmerizing effect that newfound sight has on James; the vibrant backgrounds and the sun-drenched rooms are captivating in their beauty. His dreamy and subjective style combines with an astute sense of character to craft a tale of desire, perception, and what it really means to be blind.

The Ticket follows James, a blind man who wakes up one morning and he is able to see for the first time in his life. He has miraculously been given the gift of vision. He’s excited about it and wants to make up for lost time so he ventures out and takes in the new scenery. With this comes all kinds of good news for the man who starts having second thoughts about his marriage. Yeah, he starts making some really bad decisions. He leaves his wife and son to pretty much start a whole new life that includes his attractive new girlfriend that he picks up from work. James ends up going against everything that he’s preached about and stood for in life and karma ends up catching up with him. Unfortunately, his eye sight is short-lived and James is left to suffer the consequences for hurting the ones who loved him. James is not a bad man or anything like that. He simply got caught up in the moment with this temporary gift of sight and sadly he lost his way.

Okay, I really liked the interesting story for The Ticket even though the movie itself was kind of a slow burn. The drama for James slowly builds and escalates until his world crumbles and falls apart. He simply makes some bad decisions and ultimately has to suffer the consequences. The cast assembled for this thought-provoking drama was really great and the strongest part about the movie. Malin Akerman shows another side to her as this ordinary wife who loves her husband but warns him that there’s no coming back once he ventures out. There’s also Oliver Platt who is fun to watch in any role he tackles, this time as a blind man and source of conscience for James. Finally there’s Dan Stevens who’s already portrayed a psychopathic killer, a beast, and most recently an insane heroic mutant. Now he’s portraying a blind man who is given the gift of sight but with this gift comes heartache. These three actors deliver some really touching performances in this movie.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top 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 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, The Ticket was a really good watch and something a little different from the normal old dramas we get. This one touches on blindness and the what if scenario if a blind person woke up one morning and could see. How would they handle it? What would they do next? Is anybody going to get hurt? Yeah, that’s the big question right there because there’s always somebody who gets hurt over another person’s bad decision making. Now, what if this new found vision is short-lived and the blindness comes back but you’ve burned all your bridges? What do you do and is there going to be anybody there for you? Ido Fluk explores this topic and does a good job bringing it all to life on screen. The director also gives this drama a more realistic end result because we don’t always get happy endings in life and this is just such the case for James. There’s also the small cast that does a great job with these interesting characters of theirs. The Ticket is the latest addition to Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Shout Select

Run Time: 97 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: 

  • Audio Commentary with Writer.Director Ido Fluck and Writer Sharon Mashihi
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:52)
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