Just Another Day (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama
Image Entertainment || R - 95 minutes - $29.98 || July 20, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-07-25


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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: Peter Spirer
Writer(s): Lain Kennedy, Peter Spirer
Cast: Ja Rule


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iíve never really been a huge fan of the whole ďrapĒ genre or the movies that are always supposed to relay to audiences how hard it is to be a rapper. I just donít get it and neither do my friends. Regardless though, Hollywood manages to push out rap movies consistently despite the fact they rarely provide enjoyment except to a select audience. Just Another Day is no different from past releases Iíve seen.

There are two separate stories going on, at the same time and same day, both of which are equally uninteresting. Rapper A-Maze (Wood Harris) is going through a crappy time in his life, as though his personal life is crappy and record sales are hurting his career. He meets with his manager, then his record label, and then the record label boss who all tell him that something needs to happen and fast or else his career is over with. They want to distribute his album online and hope that it builds buzz, but A-Maze is worried that people will just download it for free and thus he wonít sell any copies. Heís willing to do anything to save his near-dead career, but that may be impossible at this stage.

On the other plateau, we have Young Eastie (Jamie Hector) who works at a fast food restaurant and hopes to work with the rapper and produce an album that makes enough for him to ditch the restaurant business forever. However, his life is full of turmoil as well. Eastie is having many issues at home, his girlfriend, and guns are prevalent in his neighborhood with his great friends he has, all played by real rappers in real life. Hector wants to be able to do what he wants, when he wants, and because of this heís reckless and chooses to take life into his own hands by quitting his job and trying to make it big in the rap world by any means necessary. Can Hector overcome the horror of the streets he lives on? Can A-Maze resurrect his career? Or will the two fail and become just another death statistic in their neighborhood?

The movie is quite boring, in case you havenít figured that out by my rather lackluster explanation. Even though the movie is only a little over 90 minutes, the film seemed for me at least to drag on and on, as though I thought it was never going to end. Speaking of the end, the ending wasnít that exciting and I found it to be a little mundane for the flick. There are some good points about the film though, not many, but trust me there are a few.

First off, the cast does an ďokĒ job of portraying the roles of rappers struggling to make a living in the world. Ja Rule, Peetey Pablo, and the other rapped involved with the movie do a decent job of trying to play respective roles, but they donít nail the parts as others have done in past films. They tend to overact a little too much and donít help the story at all, and instead, tend to hinder it with their limited lines and engagements involved with the storyline. Back to the bad stuff: the two different storylines that take place over the day are confusing and I donít get why the film made it this way. I would rather have enjoyed a movie that took 45 minutes to talk about one story, ended the day, and then retold the events from the others perspective. I know itís been done to death before, but darnet I like the formula.

All in all, this isnít a bad move. This type of movie though just isnít my thing and I found it to be a little too boring for my tastes.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Making of Just Another Day (10 minutes): This is your standard behind-the-scenes extra that dives into some for the scenes shot in the movie along with some interviews with cast and crew. Thereís nothing I found valuable or entertaining here, so odds are you can pass on this extra.

Making Music (9 minutes): The ďgreatĒ music from the movie is shown and the cast talks about how they created the songs for the flick. Once again, thereís nothing really here of value for viewers.

Deleted Scenes (6 minutes): There are a total of five deleted scenes here that donít add much to the story, hence why they were cut. Similar to the past two extras I advise skipping them all together and returning the disc back to where you rented it from.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is a dialogue-based movie, and as such, there are no reference material scenes here to be written about and while normally that is a bad thing in all honesty this isnít a terrible looking flick. Colors are a little bit washed out and whites take precedence over the others, and at times there are a few overblown colors but not enough to make me take off a ton of points for it. I did notice however many scenes with noise in them and I did take off for that. Like I said previously, this isnít a movie youíre going to be showing off to your friends anytime soon. However, for a movie based primarily on dialogue and no action sequences to speak of, this is a good looking film from Image Entertainment and one of the best Iíve seen from them in quite some time.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track isnít the best DTS-HD track Iíve heard, but in all honesty, Image Entertainment has improved greatly over the past few months since itís been when I last reviewed their flicks. The dialogue-based movie is loud, engaging, and everything that the track should be in 2010. I didnít once have a problem hearing the dialogue and my rears were used consistently and accurately as the movie progressed. Surround sound was also decent, as though background noise didnít overpower dialogue or vice versa, which is pleasant to write. The lone issue I have with the track is that the action sequences, of which there are only a few, didnít really do much for me. The gunshots were a little dull and provided me with little ďoomphĒ to enjoy the movie.



.::OVERALL::.

Just Another Day isnít the best movie about budding rap artists and the dangerous lives they lead, as though the cast isnít the greatest and the flick drags on during the long runtime. The special features are worthless but on a positive note the technical aspects are above-average. If you are into movies like this, then a rental will serve you best for this day.