Movie Review: BETWEEN WORLDS (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

BETWEEN WORLDS was written, produced and directed by Maria Pulera and stars Nicolas Cage, Franka Potente, Penelope Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, Lydia Hearst, Brit Shaw and Hopper Penn.

Nicolas Cage stars in this twist-filled supernatural thriller that follows Joe (Cage), a struggling truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and daughter. Joe’s life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Julia (Franka Potente), a woman with mysterious spiritual powers, whose daughter Billie lies in a coma. Julia enlists Joe’s help to stop Billie from crossing over to the spirit world, but when Billie awakes, her body is possessed—by the vengeful spirit of Joe’s dead wife.

Possible spoilers ahead! Trucking driving Joe meets truck driving Julia and the two instantly hit it off when he helps her with her daughter Billie who nearly dies. It’s like a white trash love affair has begun. Actually, Billie does die so Julia uses her out-of-body gift to locate her daughter in the spirit world and guide her back to her body. The thing is, the figure she guides back isn’t her daughter but Joe’s deceased wife and she’s not a very nice person.

As a matter of fact, Joe’s dead wife has a touch of psychopath to her. Well, big-hearted Joe doesn’t really how to take it when Billie starts hitting on him because he already has something going on with Julia but she finally lets him off the hook and this sets Joe down a disturbing path that slowly drives him crazy. The poor guy is trapped in a tangled web from hell and he can’t get out! He was already full of grief and now his crazy dead wife has come back and she ruins everything so poor old Joe goes off the deep end and decides to check out.

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, an image and list of special features. Each disc also 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 home video release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Nicolas Cage has been on a roll lately with movies like Mom & Dad and Mandy but he’s taken a small step backwards with Between Worlds because it was one strange watch. This mediocre watch starts out as this mystery-filled thriller but half way through it morphs into a noir-like bad dream with a depressing ending. It’s a tragic story about this truck driving family man who lost his wife and daughter in a fire and he blames himself for not being there for them. He ends up meeting this new woman who sort of helps him with his grief but a small supernatural element is introduced that turns everything sour. We all love it when Nicolas Cage goes full-blown Nic Cage and even though he doesn’t really show off in this movie he does still have a few moments that give the movie a twisted sense of humor at times. I think if Maria Pulera would have had a bigger budget to throw in some special effects this movie would have been much better. It felt like it was missing something and I think that’s the ingredient it needed to make it a better watch. On the bright side, there were a few catchy tunes that viewers will recognize. Between Worlds will be available on Blu-ray (plus DVD and Digital) on February 26th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: There are no extras for Between Worlds but this release does include some previews for other movies.

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