DVD Review: ISOLATION (2017)

ISOLATION was directed by Shane Dax Taylor from a screenplay by Chad Law and Shane Dax Taylor and stars Luke Mably, Tricia Helfer, Marie Avgeropoulos, Stephen Lang, and Dominic Purcell. The movie was inspired by true events.

Hoping to restore their flagging marriage, Lydia (Tricia Helfer) and Creighton (Luke Mably) journey to a remote island in the sun-drenched Bahamas. One drunken night, they return to their cabin to find it ransacked. Will nearby couple Max (Dominic Purcell) and Nina (Marie Avgeropoulos) offer them help — or harm? Also starring Stephen Lang, this seductive, sinister thriller shows that trust can be a dangerous thing.

The movie follows this couple who takes a trip to the Bahamas so they can work on their troubled marriage. Upon arrival it appears that they have landed in paradise but looks can sometimes be deceiving and that’s just the case for these two. What happens is, they meet two different couples who live nearby but something seems a little off with their new neighbors. It’s the whole don’t trust anyone scenerio that falls into place here but unfortuntely they do and it gets them in trouble. Once the place they’re staying in gets broken into and all of their belongings are stolen, the antagonists are finally revealed and the two literally find themselves fighting for their lives.

Okay, we get a lot of movies that have been inspired by true events and Isolation is the latest one to come along. The story felt a little familiar but this one comes with a nice twist and even a little shock factor to it. I really liked the exotic setting and location that was just right for this movie. They truly arrive in paradise but sometimes the most beautiful things can end up being extremely deadly. The small cast was easily the standout here and they all did a really good job with their characters. I also liked how the antagonists were modern day pirates which brings up the whole looks can be deceiving card again. There aren’t really any special effects or anything like that but the movie does feature a little blood in a few scenes. There’s nothing gross or over the top so you don’t have to be worried about anything like that.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc has a flat grey finish and only features the movie logo. 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. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Isolation ended up being a pretty intense watch that’s a mixture of home invasion, psychological and survival thriller that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat until the final act. Sure, we’ve gotten plenty of movies like this over the years but this one has a few nice standouts. The first one is the amazing cast assembled that is the driving force of the movie, another one is the twist to the story, and the final one is the shocking finale. Director Shane Dax Taylor captured both the beauty and the danger that this movie possesses to make it a really good watch. Sure, it’s got a touch of slow burn to it in the beginning but the payoff is worth it. The movie will be available on DVD exclusively at Walmart on April 18th and will be available at other retail outlets beginning June 20th. If you’re looking for a new thriller to watch then go ahead and check this one out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: 

  • Official Trailer (02:01)


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