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Witness the ultimate double cross.
Have you ever heard of this movie? Me neither.
Facts of the Case
Felony opens with a crack SWAT team preparing to raid the mansion of a drug-dealing bigwig. Accompanying these cops is a couple of filmmakers, hoping to document the assault for a reality series.
But when the attack goes horribly wrong, and a slew of cops are dead thanks to a sneak attack from the criminal thugs, the filmmakers run for their lives. Bill Knight (Jeffrey Combs), is the camera operator, and, luckily, had the wherewithal to keep the video rolling.
Unfortunately, he's now a wanted man, hunted by the most powerful crime boss in town, Taft (Lance Henriksen, Aliens vs. Predator), who's after the incriminating videotape.
As Knight negotiates the twists and turns of his new life-on-the-run, he connects with a beautiful and mysterious woman (Ashley Laurence) and an equally mysterious loud-mouth Texan (Joe Don Baker) who may or not be a clandestine government operative: but who's a friend and who's a foe?
With the cops unable to protect him, Knight is on his own, unsure of whom to trust, and narrowly escaping death at every corner.
Another day, another obscure, crappy action movie.
Felony is a swift-moving, marginally entertaining little film that boasts a handful of effective twists and turns, but that's where the accolades end. And with a caveat: that "entertaining" part comes mainly from the many ridiculous moments found within.
The typical demolition-of-disbelief action flick elements are in full effect—cars exploding for no reason, human beings recovering perfectly from stunts that should have been fatal, etc.—but Felony deserves an honorable mention for on-screen stupidity.
Some of my favorite moments:
The opening massacre.
Physics-defying car crashes.
Oblivious crime lords.
There you go, an overall dopey action film sporting several inadvertently funny moments to dull the monotony.
New Line has given this release some stones, despite a lack of extras. The film gets a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that is, for the most part, sound, despite a few visual hiccups. Two fairly passive 5.1 mixes push the sound, DTS and Dolby Digital, but points for trying.
Felony is a forgettable little action film. The pace is quick, there are some halfway-snazzy twists, but that's it. Look into it only if you enjoy nitpicking dumb action film gaffes.
Felony is found guilty of felonious sucking.
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