DVD Review: HOME INVASION (2016)

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 HOME INVASION was directed by David Tennant and stars Jason PatricNatasha Henstridge, Scott Adkins, Kyra Zagorsky, Michael Rogers, Garry Chalk and Liam Dickinson.

This home invasion psycho-thriller follows Chloe (Natasha Henstridge) a wealthy housewife who is home with her son Jacob (Liam Dickinson) on a dark and stormy night. What happens is, their home becomes a target of a high tech robbery where three burglars break in with plans to take a hard to find prize that they’re in search for and take out anyone who gets in the way. Their lavish home is protected by a home security company and when Chloe calls in and speaks with a security systems specialist (Jason Patric), he helps her out by becoming her eyes and ears as the villains try and locate her and Jacob. Things quickly go dark for the mother and son when all communications are disabled.

These burglars always seem to be one step ahead with their sinister gameplan and end up cutting communications coming in and out of the house (at first), but young Jacob is pretty slick and knows a way they can get back in touch with the home security company. Once they get back in touch, their help once again is able to tell them where to go and ways to hide and how to avoid these intruders. Ultimately, the game of cat and mouse comes to an end and the authorities finally arrive. Chloe and Jacob are left scarred but survive this horrifying night they’ve encountered.

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Okay, we’ve gotten plenty of home invasion thrillers over the years and it seems they’re always hit and miss. The story was okay but it did have a few gaps as far as what exactly is going on and why all of this is happening. Some of it does eventually get explained but not all of it. I was left with a few questions of my own that didn’t get answered. Home Invasion was an okay watch but it’s not as intense as others like The Strangers, Funny Games or The Aggression Scale. These burglars were sporting some creepy masks in the beginning so that helped some but they end up taking them off. There was a little suspense in this game of cat and mouse of survival but not enough. There’s also this amazing cast that should stir up some curiosity from movie lovers but even this wasn’t enough to help the movie much. Home Invasion is also pretty tame so don’t expect a blood bath or anything crazy or over-the-top. 

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc is chrome with no 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, Home Invasion was an okay watch but nothing really special. It almost reminded me of something Lifetime would show and it possibly could be. Maybe? Who knows! It is a pretty tame thriller and doesn’t get too crazy or extreme. I mean, there is some violence and bullets flying around but that’s about it. The movie has an okay story and an impressive cast but they all seemed to have dialed this one in for the payday. Maybe? For some strange reason Jason Patric isn’t even credited for this movie on IMDb and I wonder why. Scott Adkins doesn’t get to show off his martial arts badassery here either but he does get to unleash his inner bad guy this go around. Home Invasion arrives on DVD and Digital HD on February 2nd.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) Region 1

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai

Special Features: None

 

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