Inception Media Group // 2011 // 88 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Appellate Judge Daryl Loomis // June 22nd, 2012
You have a choice. Make it.
That choice should be to never watch Decisions. One might be tempted to check out the last film appearance of Corey Haim (License to Drive), but please, for your own sake, resist the urge. Decisions is one of the most amateurish pieces of "work" that I've seen in a while. It has all the trappings of a vanity project, but I can't figure out whose ego was at stake in the production. All I really know is the movie features some of the slowest 88 minutes I've ever spent and 88 reminders that these are moments I'll never get back.
We are presented with a swirling series of stories revolving around a corrupt cop (Haim) whose payoff money is stolen during a bank robbery. As he looks for his cash, the crooks must deal with both what they have done and the reasons why they did it.
Decisions plays like a version of City of Hope that has been killed and kicked into mush out of some kind of revenge. The result is a meandering series of events that always seem to culminate in deadly violence and a lot of pointless yelling. If first-time director Jensen LeFlore had any vision or, seemingly, skill, such a subject could have produced a tense, if cynical, look at the mutual corruption of crooks and cops. If you want that, then go watch television; it's filled with that stuff these days and you won't get it here.
What you will get, though, is some genuinely awful storytelling and even worse acting. Haim may have been a troubled soul, but he was an actor with a lot of experience and I'm not sure he ever delivered a worse performance. If he hadn't once been a star, it would be hard to discern that he was the person with the acting chops. It isn't as though any of the other performers outshine him, though; they're all in a morass of garbage.
Most important, for all its violent gangster trappings, Decisions is a deeply boring movie. One would think that a series of scenes involving bank robbery, murders, and drug deals would deliver at least a modicum of excitement. One would be wrong, however; everything seems to come out of nowhere with little connection scene to scene, so there is neither any opportunity to connect with any of the characters. What that leaves me with is footage of people shooting guns and yelling at each other. If that's your bag, then here you go.
Decisions comes from Inception Media Group in a shoddy, bare-bones DVD. The image is poor, with wan colors and a lack of detail that is exacerbated by terrible digital noise and what appears to be fake grain. At its worst, is causes shots of the sky to take on a water-like quality that is distracting and, under the right circumstances, nauseating. The surround sound takes advantage of the rear speakers and there's some work in the bass channel, but it hardly helps. Extras include a making-of featurette and a set of interviews that pretend like it's a good movie. It isn't.
Decisions is more than just a waste of time; it's an abomination onscreen that lays clear just how bad a movie can be. I pity those who, in defiance of my recommendation, go out of their way to watch the final Corey Haim movie; they will regret their decision.
Guilty, and given the harshest possible sentence.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Inception Media Group
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Rated R