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"The Son Of No One" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Jonathan (Channing Tatum) is a second-generation cop who gets in over his head when he's assigned to re-open a double homicide cold case in his Queens neighborhood.  An anonymous source feeding new information on the long-unsolved murders to a local reporter leads to evidence suggesting a possible cover-up by the former lead detective who was on the investigation.  As Jonathan digs deeper into the assignment, a dark secret about the case emerges, which threatens to destroy his life and his family.

Specifications

  • Anchor Bay
  • 2011, Color, R, 94 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Al Pacino
  • Directed by Dito Montiel
Rating
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The Son of No One has a goal in mind, and really takes its time to get there.  Unfortunately by the time we arrive at our goal, we haven't really learned that much about any of our characters or seen them grow from where they were at the start of the film.  We've seen them paint cops as crooked, bad people who will throw away the lives of others to protect themselves, but we've seen that in other films that resonated far more after the film was done.  It feels almost like the movie was chopped down to as short as it could be without losing any more plots, but it feels like we lost a lot of other information as well.

With the speed at which the movie moves along, we easily could have learned far more about the characters by having fewer meditative shots, or flashback shots that move along much quicker than they do.

Technical

The best part of Son of No One is clearly the transfer, which is very nicely done.  Aside from one issue I noticed when driving across a bridge, the transfer was very nice with great detail, wonderful contrast, and very little to complain about at all.  The soundtrack is also quite good, though doesn't always use the surrounds as well as it could, and some of the dialogue came across very quietly.

Extras

Audio Commentary from the Director and Editor, Extended Scenes, and the Theatrical Trailer.