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Our review of Sinners and Saints, published January 10th, 2012, is also available.
A city under siege. A man with nothing to lose.
On the surface, Sinners and Saints looked to be right in my wheelhouse: gritty violence, lone-wolf cop with anger issues, a team of mercenaries to systematically shoot in their dumb faces. And yet…
Facts of the Case
Sean Riley (Johnny Strong, The Fast and the Furious) makes his living getting into violent gunfights with the scumbags of the New Orleans. The captain of his precinct is starting to think Riley is off his rocker, considering the overwhelming number of corpses he's left in his wake. But before he gets sent to the department shrink, a more pressing matter arises: someone's running around the Big Easy burning people to death and Riley thinks the murders might be connected to a shady friend of his. Rogue security firm employees are on the loose, hunting for something incriminating, and it will fall to Sean and his new family-man partner to open fire and snuff out as many fools as possible.
I was pulling for this movie. There were more than a few elements in place that really appealed to me, but in the end Sinners and Saints fell victim to its own economy. This is a low-budget film and, thanks to some iffy acting chops and stylistic filming decisions, the good stuff loses its traction.
Since it's a New Year, let's ring it in with the positives before we start dropping deuces all over the place.
Johnny Strong is pretty cool.
The villains are detestable.
The action is hard-R and largely practical.
Now the downers…
The acting is terrible.
Director William Kaufman is over-eager.
Okay, fine…Upon further review, the bad guys are dumb-asses.
Sinners and Saints (Blu-ray) is given a highly-detailed 2.35:1/1080p widescreen transfer whose imagery is so clear it gives the film a weird Spartan feel. The visuals are joined by a suitably aggressive and enveloping 5.1 Dolby TrueHD mix, a lengthy making-of featurette, and some deleted scenes.
Decent action and a cool antihero are swallowed up by mediocrity. Bummer.
Close, but no victory cigar.
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