Tuesday, April 9 2013, 05:32 PM MDT
DVD Review: LUV
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Available On: DVD
The Film: Vincent (Common) has just been released from prison after serving 8 years of a 20-year sentence. He’s determined to change his ways Vincent plans on opening a restaurant and provide a stable home life for his nephew Woody. In an attempt to reconnect with Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.), Vincent takes the young boy with him as he tries to secure financing for his restaurant only to discover his criminal past isn’t ready to relinquish its hold on his life.
The Extras: Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary, Trailer, Making-of Featurette
Recommendation: I quite like Common as an actor. He has natural charisma that makes his characters appealing. Child actor Michael Rainey Jr. is equally charming and between the two “LUV” is able to draw you in early on and hold your attention as Vincent and Woody are sent on a journey that will change the way they both view the world. Vincent’s journey is interesting because he’s bought into the idea that his determination to abandon his criminal past will open all the necessary doors for him to effectively re-start his life. His belief is childlike and mirrors the way that Woody sees the world. The final act of the film isn’t nearly as interesting because the tone shifts and the story becomes a little too sensational. I didn’t expect, or even want a happy ending, but something a little more realistic would have made for a better film.
-Ryan Michael Painter