7 Seconds (2005) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Action / Crime / Thriller
Sony || R - 96 minutes - $28.95 || August 12, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-08-16


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Simon Fellows
Writer(s): Martin Wheeler (written by)
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Tamzin Outhwaite, Pete Lee-Wilson, Deobia Oparei, Serge Soric


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Arabic, Dutch

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.::THE FILM::.

Wesley Snipes, where hath thou gone? After the disappointment of Blade: Trinity, and in the flurry of tax troubles, former A-list turned ďB-ď list actor Wesley Snipesí downturn into the world of direct-to-DVD began in 2005. One of his first ventures was 7 Seconds, a plodding action/caper that offers very little of everything.

Wesley Snipes plays a disgraced Delta Force member who now spends his days as a professional thief. When the movie opens heís banging a slightly attractive woman before going on duty, leading a group of fellow ex-Delta Force comrades as they undertake a major heist involving multiple casinos and millions of dollars. The actual heist was fairly ingenious, but the other 90 minutes was what a failure. In any case, while the robbery starts off without a hitch, when they come across a briefcase with something extremely valuable inside, things go bad real quick. In what looks like a scene out of The Italian Job remake, Snipesí crew is ambushed, but he manages to escape and with the help of a military police officer Kelly Anders (Outhwaite), he must outrun various baddies to stay alive.

7 Seconds at its core is just a mundane action movie with only a couple decent sequences. The two chase scenes are also fairly average with jerky direction by Simon Fellows. There actually isnít anything about Fellowís direction that isnít routine either. Iím sure filming in Romania brings its challenges, but Fellow lacks that visual flair needed in just about every genre (with the exception of comedies) and it is part of the reason of why this film doesnít work.

The other reason for the filmís failure is the cast. While I commend Wesley Snipes for at least looking like heís still trying (unlike Steven Seagal whose punches obviously donít connect anymore), thereís nothing in this story or the dialogue to help him out. One instance finds his character about to leave the train station where, only by himself, says ďinsuranceĒ after placing the mystery briefcase in a locker. For some reason I always chuckle when a character all alone says something that could only benefit the audience.

The story is also pretty dumb with this briefcase that everyone seems to be after. Yeah, money talks but when combine bad dialogue with bad acting and even worse action sequences, youíve got a recipe for yet another failed DTV flick.

Sad thing is, itís a shame since Snipes is a good actor who is now seemingly trapped in the DVD world. Sure, he has a rumored part in Antoine Fuquaís crime-drama, Brooklynís Finest, but I think few remember that Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., another member of the DTV group, had a small part in American Gangster...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Other than some previews for other Sony titles, thereís nothing else on this disc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Iíve come to respect the video Blu-ray has to offer and after a good transfer on another needless Sony Blu-ray (Maximum Risk), I thought that while the film may not be very good, surely the picture would measure up... How wrong I was. From the opening shot to fade out, nothing in this movie pops out and in fact I notice grain and artifacts here and there. I assume this was due to cheap film and, oh yea, the fact it was shot in Romania. Oh, and for you tech junkies out there, it is a 1080p AVC encoded transfer with a 1.85 OAR.

Alright, so the picture didnít do anything for me, but a Dolby TrueHD track should impress, right? Well, yes and no. The sound depth didnít seem that great to me but dialogue was crisp and understandable coming via the center channel while rear speakers also got some use. However, like the picture, there was very little oomph to it either.



.::OVERALL::.

7 Seconds isnít a truly terrible movie, but it also is a film I will not watch again. Snipes is certainly a more capable actor than this as the story gives him nothing to work with the as far as action movies go, thereís little here that is even worth watching. This is also one of the worst Blu-rays Iíve watched in terms of video, I mean, whatís the point when the picture is maybe as good as a first generation DVD?