Judge David Johnson has a malicious alter-ego, too. His name is Clyde and he throws tennis balls at kittens.
Fear the monster within.
Facts of the Case
The latest take on the emaciated Jekyll and Hyde storyline stars Matt Keeslar as the titular doctor whose research allows the good doctor to access the deep recesses of his psyche and bring the malignant, horny creature that is Mr. Hyde into reality. Despite the attempted intervention from his fellow doctor and BFF (Jonathan Silverman, Weekend at Bernie's), Jekyll quickly loses control of Hyde, who proceeds to start bar-fights, harass strippers, coerce hapless girls into threesomes and wear a cape.
Soon, this dangerous experiment will affect everyone in Jekyll's otherwise normal orbit, including his friends, his fiancée, her powerful father, bouncers and, ultimately, the local law enforcement.
Wow, this one's bad. Jekyll does little to sharpen the well-established and—dare I say it—bled-dry Jekyll and Hyde mystique and an argument can be made that it so dilutes the story that it would take a Scorcese-helmed $150 million mega-project to rehab the brand.
How does it go so wrong? Let us count the ways:
Cape and Sideburns
The disc: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 2.0 stereo that perform as well as they need to, though the sound work in general for the film is amateur hour (can someone eliminate the freeway noise?), a commentary track and a making-of featurette.
Jekyll should earn some belly laughs. The fact that it's not a comedy could be a problem.
Guilty. Let's all hope Jekyll's computer gets the Red Ring of Death.
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Studio: Lightyear Entertainment
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