Friday, May 31 2013, 12:22 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: A Common Man
Genre: Action, Thriller
Street Date: May 21 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray
Synopsis: A terrorist (Ben Kingsley) hides bombs throughout Colombo, Sri Lanka and demands the release of four militant prisoners.
Recommendation: Based on the well-received Bollywood film A Wednesday, A Common Man initially appears to be a straightforward thriller that leads up to a nice twist that sends the narrative on a different trajectory. Ben Kingsley’s talent is underutilized, but he still provides a typically solid performance as the terrorist (known only as “The Man”). Unfortunately that’s where the positives end as Chandram Rutnam’s screenplay and direction turn the film into a plodding mess filled with ridiculous dialogue. Worst still is the fact that the dialogue isn’t properly synced which, combined with the goofy dialogue, makes the film look like a poorly dubbed B-movie rather than the serious thriller it intended to be. The overly aggressive score tries to heighten the film’s tension only to further highlight the fact that there isn’t any tension to begin with.
-Ryan Michael Painter