$5 a Day (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama
Image Entertainment || PG13 - 98 minutes - $0.00 || August 24, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-09-08


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Nigel Cole
Writer(s): Neal H. Dobrofsky & Tippi Dobrofsky (written by)
Cast: Christopher Walken, Amanda Peet, Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone, Dean Cain


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iíve never understood Christopher Walken. Heís not funny, his voice is irritating, and heís just not that good of an actor. Iíve seen his comedy routine on that show thatís on every Saturday night and I donít get it. Maybe heís before my times, but darnet Iíve seen road kill thatís funnier than he is after thirty minutes. Moving on, $5 a Day is a trivial flick that involves a cast that hit it big ten years ago and never recovered from being one-hit wonders at the box-office.

Ritchie (Alessandro Nivola) is ditched by his girlfriend Maggie (Amanda Peet) when heís contacted by his father Nat (Christopher Walken) that heís dying of a tumor. Ritchie heads out to meet his father and talk about life, which thanks to Nat, has missed most of it with his father for past crimes the two have committed. Nat is currently a con-man of sorts but now that heís realized heís dying he wants to connect with his son one last time before he does, so he purposes a giant road trip for the two to go on to bond and learn more about one another. They decide to travel the road on; you guessed it, $5 a day and try to live the great life in a giant pink ďSweet and LowĒ car that is just shameless promotion. Can the father and son team travel to where they want to go and learn some lessons along the way, or will Ritchie hopelessly be forced to follow in his fatherís footsteps?

The movieís slow pacing is the first problem. I nearly fell asleep at how dry the humor is and the fact that it goes so slow to get to the actual plot of the film is disturbing. There just wasnít enough here for me to keep my interest, which normally I have during all types of movies, and thus the entertainment value of the flick suffered greatly. Christopher Walken is incredibly boring as Nat, the father whoís presumably dying, and offers nothing to the movie the entire time. His lines are clearly read from the script which I assumed was airbrushed out, as though he acts completely wooden and stick-figure like throughout the movie. The supporting cast, mainly his supposed son, donít help things out either for the most part.

Another thing, I hate shameless promotion of products in movies. Sweet and Low must have paid insane amounts of money to get this car in the movie as though itís featured at least ten minutes in the film in full-view. I hate this for the simple fact this is just ugly and stupid. Sorry, just a minor quip there, moving on yet again. Thereís honestly no entertainment here for anyone and me giving this one star out of five is being generous. I know there are lessons here to be learned about spending time with people and those sorts of things, but seriously donít we already know these types of things? Thereís nothing here you wonít learn by picking up a book or reading the daily newspaper column. The ending also is ridiculously overacted, which, as usual, is nothing of a surprise from this cast.

I could live on $5 a day. Minus the bills, but seriously I could. You however, probably shouldnít waste it on this flick.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Interviews (35 minutes): The cast and crew are interviewed with their thoughts on the movie. I rarely find these types of extras interesting, as though it takes zero talent to sit in front of a camera and rattle away when questions are asked about some movie you just filmed. Amanda Peetís was the only interview I found the least bit interesting and all others can be promptly skipped.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This appears to look like a movie that was made for television and merely up-converted rather than an actual Blu-Ray flick. Colors are pale and less vibrant than I expect them to be on Blu-Ray and present a rather dull overtone throughout the film. There are no decent scenes that showcase what the HD format has to offer and thus the movie suffers from being too dull in every scene. There are a few scenes that present some problems with grain and noise, but overall my issue is that the movie has way too much of a lackluster feel to it. Of course though, this is similar to how I felt about the film.

I didnít even realize that this was a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track until I looked at the back of the box after watching the film. There was no indication at all that this was anything about a Dolby Digital 2.0 track as though the audio is quite low for dialogue and there are zero scenes that have surround sound usage in them. I struggled to hear dialogue throughout the movie and also understand accurately what the cast said, although that could be attributed to Walkenís always horrible accent. There are no surround sound parts to accurately rate the surround sound category, so in a sense that gets a complete zero from me.



.::OVERALL::.

I must say that this is probably one of those movies that was made for some unknown reason and furthers no purpose in the movie world to solidify my dislike of Christopher Walken. The technical package is merely average and with only one lackluster special feature this is one to stay far away from. Not even $1 per day would have me recommend $5 a Day to you.