Wednesday, April 24 2013, 02:19 AM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Pawn
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Street Date: April 23, 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Synopsis: When the robbery of a diner owned by a local crime lord goes terribly wrong the city’s corrupt and straight-laced police scramble to keep the situation from escalating.
Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette
Recommendation: Pawn greatly benefits from its great cast that includes Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed and Common. The script is overly concerned with misdirection and by characters that are purposefully vague. You essentially have good cops and bad cops and the pawns that do their bidding. Pawn is about a pawn thinks he’s actually a king and proceeds to break all the rules. There are a lot of genre clichés at work in Pawn. To keep from making the various twists too obvious the story is told out of order. I feel that this actually undermines the film’s tension and allows the audience to disengage because they know eventually everything will be explained to them. The film also loses a lot of its momentum when the story abandons the diner and transforms from a hostage film into a fairly generic action thriller.
Pawn features some very good ideas that aren’t fully realized. It’s packed with twists and turns with reasonable payoffs. I just wish the characters had been given more development. Despite its flaws Pawn is worth a look, particularly if you’re a fan of the under utilized Michael Chiklis.
-Ryan Michael Painter