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 “Freelancers" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson plays Malo, the son of a New York Police officer.  Malo takes to a life of crime after his father is killed in the line of duty but he redeems himself later by joining the force himself, along with two of his close friends.  Soon after they graduate from the police academy, Malo gets recruited by Joe Sarcone (De Niro) to join a rogue group of cops who operate outside the stricter confines of the law.  Sarcone is a chiseled veteran who was Malo's father's partner.  Well, Malo accepts the invitation to join the vice corps and he gets partnered with Sarcone's right hand man, LaRue (Whitaker).  Malo is put to the test in his new role on the secret squad.  Then when he learns the truth behind his father's death, he goes about seeking true justice.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 36 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p 
  • Codec: AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master 5.1
  • Starring: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Forest Whitaker and Robert De Niro
  • Directed by Jessy Terrero
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This movie had a very limited theatrical run and wound up on video in near record pace.  I can clearly see why this would be as it was very "Malo" (bad) in so many ways: the meandering script, the inconsistent acting and the amatuerish set deigns to name but three.  It didn't help matters that one of Malo's friends is teamed with a veteran cop, Billy Morrison (Matt Gerald), who is so extremely racist that his character defies any logical explanation in the context of the real world.  Nobody that out of kilter could remain part of the force for very long, no matter how bureaucratic the department may be.  I  can barely comprehend why actors the caliber of De Niro and Whitaker would be part of a project like this.

Technical

The video offers a detailed image, but the color pallette appears to have been manipulated in post production.  The image consequently has limited "pop" and the whole presentation comes across as somewhat cartooney.  The audio is surprisingly front heavy for an action film but with good voice reproduction, passable dynamics on effects and decent bass on the hip hop songs that comprise the better part of the score. 

Extras

This single disc package contains a decent slate of extras - Commentary with Director Jessy Terrero and Actor Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes with Interviews, Extended Interviews with Cast and Crew and a Trailer Gallery.