Movie Review: FREAKS (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

FREAKS was written and directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein and stars Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew and Lexy Kolker

A bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father’s protective and paranoid control. Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real.

The story for this suspense-filled sci-fi thriller with a twist follows this over-protective father (Emile Hirsch) who’s guarding his young daughter Chloe (Lexy Kolker) from the outside world. The big question is what exactly is he protecting her from because he comes across as a bit unstable while we get to see bits and pieces of what surrounds them and it looks pretty normal. Of course, looks can sometimes be deceiving!

The thing about Chloe is that she’s a stubborn girl so she decides to sneak around and take a peak outside and this is when she meets Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern), a mysterious old man who’s connected to her in a shocking way. Once this meeting takes place the world slowly begins to open itself up and we get to see who and what are actually posing the threat here and it’s not what you expect at all. Chloe goes on a journey of self-discovery where she learns much more about herself, her family and the danger that’s waiting on her.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. 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. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, going into Freaks I didn’t know much at all and thankfully the synopsis doesn’t give too much away because there’s so much more going on in this cinematic gem. The movie has a smart story with interesting characters that’s set in a mysterious world full of danger. The clever thing here is that the viewer is kept in suspense through half of Freaks and then everything is slowly revealed. We’re let off the hook in a fantastic way and the payoff is definitely worth the wait. It’s an ambitous movie that fits in a genre that’s heavily saturated right now and that’s about the only way I can describe it without spoiling it for you. I will say that it’s a character driven sci-fi thriller that features some great performances by the cast and it also has some impressive special effects when called for. Freaks is a well executed sci-fi thriller that offers up something new and original and it’s entertaining to the max. Freaks is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Distributor: Well Go USA

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and French

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailer.

  • Directors’ Commentary
  • Behind-the-Scenes
  • Trailers
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