This week on Bluray from Alchemy home entertainment with director James McTeigue and Millennium Films comes the action packed story of a “Survivor.”
Kate Abbott (Milla Jovovich) is a Foreign Service Officer who has been assigned to the American Embassy in London. Her job is to do what is necessary to investigate and stop terrorists from getting into the United States.
Seemingly hitting roadblocks from her boss when she suspects that a few passports are suspicious, she turns to Sam Parker (Dylan McDermott) to back up her expertise. Already rubbing her superior Maureen Crane (Angela Bassett) the wrong way, Kate goes out with co-workers for a drink after work.
A coincidence takes her away from the pub briefly and saves her life as the eatery explodes at the hands of a shadow terrorist named Nash (Pierce Brosnan). He sees that Kate isn’t dead and now the chase begins as he tries to take her out before a bigger plot is fowled!
She can only count on Sam and Sally to help her discover the next terrorist act and stop it before it’s too late.
Jovovich as Kate Abbott plays this role well and, of course, you’d expect a lot of action from this big time female action star. That being said, what I liked about this role is that her appearance is largely unglamorous but instead focuses on how intelligent she is. I would have been a goner in the first five seconds quite frankly. As Abbott, Jovovich is a bad ass who isn’t about to lie down just because she wears heels.
Brosnan as Nash is pretty cool and mainly because he’s a bad guy in this role. I mean seriously, James Bond gone rogue? It’s awesome! There is a quiet evil about this character that only Brosnan could pull off with those steely blue eyes and jaw set that mean business. I kind of like this darker side of Brosnan and hope he tries it again soon.
McDermott is the boss with a bit of a thang for our heroine on the run but that’s fine by me! Nothing like having a hunk-o-bossman on your side when the world needs to be saved. Bassett as Ambassador Crane isn’t a boss I’d want to work for. Continuing to find reasons to “get ride” of Kate Abbott, you’d wonder what her agenda is because it sure isn’t national security.
Shout out to Frances de la Tour as Sally. Here is a woman who knows people and having Abbott’s back was pretty dang cool if you ask me. But then again we already knew she was cool from “Harry Potter” fame.
Other cast include: Paddy Wallace as Johnny Talbot, Parker Sawyers as Ray, Sean Teale as Alvin Murdock, Rege Page as Robert Purvell, Jing Lusi as Joyce Su, Antonia Thomas as Naomi Rosenbaum, Alan Beckett as Howie, and James d’Arcy as Paul Anderson.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Survivor” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I really did enjoy the story and the action. This Bluray makes for an awesome Friday night gathering action flick night. The cast does stellar work here and the cinematography keeps up with the storyline. I personally enjoy when the cinematography becomes part of the action.
The Bluray includes the special features of Making of Survivor as well as deleted scenes. The disc gives such brilliant color and a great way to show off that big screen television.
Alchemy is a leading distributor of film and television across all platforms in North America. Bringing the be3st to home video, VOD and television, the company has distributed the work of the finest filmmakers such as Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog, Gregg Araki, Dito Montiel, John Hillcoat, John Turturro, Lee Daniels and James Cameron to name a few. Alchemy’s successes include WELCOME TO ME, FADING GIGOLO, RAMPART and WHAT MAISE KNEW.
In the end — she is his next target!