Empire State

Featured In Issue 180, October 2013

WSR Score3
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After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Hemsworth) settles for a security guard job with the Empire State Armored Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company's lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there—resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. history. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransom (Johnson), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, as well as the local crime bosses that want to know who pulled a job on their turf, or suffer the consequences. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Dito Montiel, three deleted scenes (HD 09:19), a behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews of the cast and crew (HD 10:28), Anatomy Of A Heist: Interview With Chris Potamitis—The Mastermind Behind The Robbery featurette (HD 15:23), the trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a naturally realistic quality that enhances the rawness of the New York City street scenes, with deteriorating infrastructure and buildings. The color palette is rendered with nicely balanced hues that provide a rich and warm look. Fleshtones are natural in appearance. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is generally detailed throughout, with finer nuances evident during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Overall, this is a decent visual experience that delivers a raw, natural experience that perfectly complements the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is effectively produced with a music score that provides surround envelopment. Atmospherics and sound effects generally are limited and project a frontal focus, except for the occasional emphasis in the surrounds with gunfire. Deep bass supports the sound effects but also is limited. Dialogue is frontal focused and generally spatially integrated. While mostly frontal focused, action segments briefly liven the surrounds. (Gary Reber)