Breaking Glass // 2010 // 97 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // March 15th, 2012
One horoscope. Infinite possibilities.
Jake Gibson (Cam Gigandet, Twilight) wakes up on his birthday to find a horoscope that tells him it is going to be a five-star day. He's expecting to enjoy great luck at work, love, and home. As it turns out, he's immediately laid off, discovers his girlfriend cheating, his car is stolen, and his apartment floods. So Jake decides he's going to track down three people born in the same hospital at the same time and see how their birthdays went. It's all part of his plan to prove that astrology is nothing more than piss-poor predications printed in a newspaper. Imagine his surprise when these three strangers -- Jena Malone (Donnie Darko), Brooklyn Sudano (Sinners and Saints), and Max Hartman (A Four Course Meal) -- make him question love, fate, and the meaning of life.
An intriguing premise and likable actors are a good start, but 5 Star Day proves to be tedious. Aside from four people realizing they all had hideous birthdays and none of them got to celebrate, nothing much happens. I kept hoping one of them had a great day, just so we could reach the most logical conclusion that sometimes it all works out when it comes to horoscopes. Unfortunately, the plot won't allow for any gray areas; it's just not that smart.
The cast does a fine job despite 5 Star Day's narrative shortcomings. Jena Malone comes off the best, a quirky and fun performance making her character complex and conflicted without ever being grating or annoying. Cam Gigandet tries a little too hard, but he's sexy and charming so we forgive his constant facial tics and flailing arms. The rest of the cast does fine with what they're given.
5 Star Day (Blu-ray) differs very little from its DVD presentation. The 2.35:1/1080p high definition transfer has a lesser feel. Colors are natural and details are fine, but it seems as if it it's nothing more an upconverted digital disc. The 5.1 Dolby mix is an acceptable surround treatment. Bonus features include a commentary from director Danny Buday and Jason Oldak cinematographer, a handful of deleted scenes which actually provide vital story information that could have helped the film, some footage from on the set, a photo gallery, and a Danny Buday short film -- same as the DVD release.
If you're looking for a middle-of-the-road flick without much drama or romance, but allows you to spend 97 minutes with the fetching Cam Gigandet and complex Jena Malone, 5 Star Day is perfect for you.
Guilty. This 5 Star Day is a 2 Star experience.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Breaking Glass
* 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Deleted Scenes
* Short Film
* Photo Gallery