Incendiary (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Thriller
Image Entertainment || R - 100 minutes - $35.98 || May 5, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-05-19

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

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

B L U - R A Y

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Sharon Maguire
Writer(s): Chris Cleave (book); Sharon Maguire (screenplay)
Cast: Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor

Theatrical Release Date: February 6, 2009

Supplemental Material:
  • Still Gallery
  • Theaterical Trailer

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

So since I never remember her name being mentioned at all during the movie, and the site I normally use for my reviews doesnít have her name listed, I will be calling the main character played by Michelle Williams ďMichelle.Ē For clarityís sake, I hope that helps.

Michelle is a lonely old housewife living with her husband Terrance (Matthew Macfayden) and her son (Sidney Johnston). Her husband is a rather crude man who yells constantly at the next door neighbors to turn down their music while theyíre trying to eat, but there are more important matters going on for Michelle to worry about. While her husband is off at work, she heads down to the local pub to have a nice cigarette and get hit on by one of the locals. Meanwhile a bomb is trying to be defused somewhere in the area of London, but thatís not important or known to the two at this point.

The man introduces himself as Jasper (Ewan McGregor) and invites her back to his place. Michelle at first declines, since sheís waiting on her husband and Jasperís girlfriend is out of town, but she eventually caves in and decides to go there. They hit it off rather quickly, and by hit it off I mean get naked real fast and get down to the dirty business. The next day comes and Michelle takes her family out for a walk and Terrance lets her know that he has to work for the weekend even though he was supposed to have it off. She scolds him for not standing up for himself and taking the weekend off, but he shrugs it off and the two part ways. Suddenly Jasper pulls up in his fast car and talks with Michelle but she blows him off at first. He pursues her down the road and gets out of her car and attempts yet again to hit on her.

Somehow yet again they wind up back at his place and go at it, yet again. They watch the match on television and no I donít know exactly what a match is but itís important to the people over in London, and they talk about their lives. Jasper tells her how special she is, but she keeps trying to change the subject. After going at it for a while, they hear a loud explosion in the background and the television shuts off. Thereís been a massive bombing by a terrorist group and chaos has ensued in the town. Michelle screams at Jasper as they are getting clothed to take her there to find her son and husband amidst the wreckage. They make it there safely to see tons of fireman and police officers there barricading the area when another building or something collapses in the area.

Michelle wades thru the crowd trying to find her son, but doesnít ask for her husband at all. The scene truly is a terrifying one, as everyone is covered in gravel and dust thatís exiting the building and she lands on one of the charred corpses only to be pulled up by someone who was heavily burned in the bombing. Ash is raining from the area and she inspects the stands up the stairs when part of the building collapses and knocks her out. She wakes up in the hospital to a newscast saying that there were six suicide bombers that did this. The public copes with the disaster by releasing balloons in the air with an image of the people who died all across London to remember those who died. Itís now Michelleís goal to find out what happened, where her family if they are alive is at, and to try and bring her life back to where it was.

I loved this movie, and was surprised at how poorly it did in theaters. Itís griping and entertaining throughout its 100 minute runtime, although at times it did drag a bit. The action scenes were few, but they added a bunch to the story by occurring when they did. There arenít any real twists or turns, but it does teach the good moral that cheating will never do you good, unless by doing so you escape a giant bombing.


The only items we're treated to are a Still Gallery and trailer. Yeah, nothing of real value here.


The film has a bleak color palette to it, and by bleak I mean somewhat of a pale viewing for me. Colors are properly saturated and depth is great, but contrast suffers slightly as the movie progresses. Grain is in a ton of the scenes, and at times becomes distracting. That being said, there isnít anything really wrong with this transfer other than the color palette being slightly off-kilter and the amounts of grain. Image has done a great job transferring this one to Blu-ray, as the scenes for the most part look phenomenal. As excellent as this is, itís not reference material by any means, but it provided a spectacular viewing pleasure for me.

Given that the film relies mainly on dialogue, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is overkill to say the least. Dialogue booms out of the center channel throughout the movie and there were no issues with it not being consistent by any means. Itís perfect for the entire runtime of the flick, which was wonderful for once not to have to turn up or down the volume. The issue here lies with the lack of surround use, as there are only a few scenes where it was used, including the main one that sets the story into motion a little more than a third of the way through. The scenes where it is used sound great, but there just wasnít enough ďoomphĒ to consider this a better audio track. Nonetheless though, it still keeps the movie in check.


It was a box-office disaster here in the USA, but on Blu-ray it gets its second treatment for fans and newcomers alike. Incendiary is a title that is worth a rental or a purchase if you saw it in its incredibly short theatrical run. The video is excellent as is the audio, but the lack of special features prevents this from, once again, being worth more than a rental unless you just have to own it. This is one film that doesnít burn a hole in your pocket, so be sure to catch it the next time you got a day off.