Wednesday, 11 August 2010

This Week's DVD/Blu-ray Choice, 9th August

This week's chosen flick is the football drama, The Blind Side.

Based on the extraordinary true story, The Blind Side follows young Michael Oher born into the wrong side of the tracks, but adopted by the wealthy, fun-loving Tuohy family - lead admirably by Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Sandra Bullock in her first Oscar winning role). Michael transcends from a homeless, troubled boy to a loved, sought-after football player. While the theme addressed may not be particularly original, it's typically moving and occasionally witty, mostly, unsurprisingly, due to Bullock. If a hook for viewings was possible, Bullock is it. A fantastic performance and instantly likable presence remains as the film's highlight.

Dishonourable Mentions:

Scott Charles Stewart's Legion is also released this week. After God loses all faith in mankind, he orders all angels to bring the Apocalypse to the Earth. Straying from his orders, Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) sheds his earned wings and heads to a secluded diner in the desert where an group of unlikely people will be pitted in the middle of an extravagant war. While it may sound intriguing and original, what we're actually left with is a befuddled, badly acted, terribly scripted piece of nonsense that, despite a dreary amount of worthy action sequences, is an all-round disappointment - especially after the fantastically explosive red-band trailer released months before it's release.

Next week: Whip It!, Centurion, The Joneses

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