DVD Review: BADGE OF HONOR

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BADGE OF HONOR was directed by Agustin and stars Mena Suvari, Jesse Bradford, Lochlyn Munro, Haylie Duff, Natasha Henstridge, Patrick Muldoon and Martin Sheen.

In the beginning of this gritty crime-thriller we watch police officer’s David (Lochlyn Munro) and Mike (Jesse Bradford) on a stakeout for a drug deal. What happens is, an innocent teenager ends up getting caught in the line of fire when things go south for the two police officers and since they’re not the clean cut kind of law enforcement type they should be, they try and cover it up. The thing is, they leave a few loose ends and there’s a witness that saw it all.

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Enter brand new Internal Affairs detective, Jessica Dawson (Mena Suvari) who arrives on her first day on the job where she immediately gets caught up in the aftermath of this violent drug bust gone wrong. None of it adds up and as she struggles to find the truth, the ramifications of a single lie reverberate throughout the whole precinct. Soon she finds she can’t trust anyone, including the precinct captain (Martin Sheen). In this gritty crime thriller that could be ripped from today’s headlines, it’s cop vs. cop in a deadly fight for honor.

Okay, this gritty crime-thriller ended up being an okay watch but nothing really special. The story really is something that could be ripped from today’s headlines with the drama that some law enforcement are going through right now. With that said, I personally know several police officers who wear their badges proudly and with honor and pride. Anyway, there were some good things about the movie. The talented cast was amazing and Mena Suvari played this strong female lead just right. Badge of Honor was a gritty, and at times, violent watch but it still felt like something was missing. Maybe a little heart and soul. I’m not sure but something was missing.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images.The DVD disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good.

Bottom line is, Badge of Honor was an okay watch but nothing really special. The movie did have several things going for it like the dark story and amazing cast but it still felt like it was missing something. The best thing about the movie was the talented cast assembled for it. As far as the story goes, it was a good one and one that could be ripped out of today’s headlines. Sure, it deals with corruption but it also has some redemption and forgiveness to it at the end. If you like gritty crime-thrillers with dirty cops, corruption and blood then you’ll probably like this one but I still don’t think it’s for everyone – especially the younger audience. This DVD released on February 2nd. 

Distributor: Alchemy

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: N/A

 

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