Acts Of Violence

Featured In Issue 230, August 2018

WSR Score4
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and drug materia
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Brett Donowho
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In "Acts Of Violence," when his fiancée is kidnapped by human traffickers, Roman (Holmes) and his ex-military brothers (Hauser and Ashmore) team up with Detective Avery (Willis) to take down both the syndicate and the corrupt bureaucracy that's been protecting it. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Brett Donowho, a making-of featurette (HD 12:19), cast and crew interviews (HD 51:30), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy. (Gary Reber)

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture's color palette is at times graded with an orangish sepia hue that exhibits a desaturated appearance. Mostly, though, the picture appears naturally hued with effective saturation. Flashbacks to military action in Afghanistan are very desaturated and stylized. Under normal lighting conditions, fleshtones appear normal. Contrast is quite good, with black-hued night scenes and blacks as highlights on objects and clothing that are deep. Shadow delineation also is revealing. The imagery is generally sharp and pristine, with resolution levels that reveal good detail, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, beards, clothing, and object texture. Some minor noise is detectable but never obtrusive. This is a nicely vivid visual experience with an effective dynamic presence. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding, with realistic atmospherics and sound effects that often extend to the surrounds. Gunfire and punches to faces and bodies are loaded with forceful heft. Early on, a party scene at a strip club is sonically lively, and other gun-centric action scenes really deliver a punch. The music score is also dynamic with a wide soundstage that at times extends aggressively to the surrounds. Dialogue retains good intelligibility and spatial integration. This is an exciting chaotic and tense soundtrack that is engaging. (Gary Reber)