Lots of flicks skip your local theater, but that is more a case of what studios think will make money rather than an indication of a film’s quality. This week you get three flicks that made little at the box office but still offer some good entertainment.
“Brake” — A Secret Service guys wakes up in a sealed trunk with a digital timer, CB radio and nary an escort in sight. Turns out he has been grabbed in an effort to get him to reveal where the president’s secret bunker is located. This is a pretty good thriller, thanks to tight suspense and a good performance by Stephen Dorff as the unfortunate agent. It played like an episode of “Mission: Impossible” told from the target’s point of view.
“Meeting Evil” — Luke Wilson stars as an everyday guy who helps out the worn stranger, Samuel L. Jackson. Turns out Jackson is a killer with a twisted philosophy that has him seeing his work as a service for the unhappy. He sets his sights on Wilson’s family, but will the victim find the backbone and guts necessary to stop a force of nature like Jackson? Worth renting to find out.
“Silent House” — Horror fans will dig this unique haunted house flick. A woman goes to visit her dad and uncle, who are renovating an old house with a history, when she starts hearing funny noises. She investigates and finds herself cut off from her family and at the mercy of a house that may not be so empty as her dad thought. This one is done in one long take and it totally works. You never leave this young lady’s side and wind up feeling like you’re in the movie with her. Good stuff.
“The Untouchables” — The fourth and final season of the groundbreaking crime series finally arrives on DVD. The whole series can now be purchased as a boxed set as well. This black-and-white crime drama never flinches from the violence that was part and parcel of the war on gangsters and prohibition waged by Elliot Ness and his band of loyal cops. Great guest stars include Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and Richard Conte.
Next week brings the best take yet on “The Hatfields and the McCoys.”