Triage (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Drama
E1 Entertainment || R - 99 minutes - $24.98 || August 10, 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: Danis Tanovic
Writer(s): Scott Anderson (novel); Danis Tanovic (screenplay)
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jamie Sives, Paz Vega, Kelly Reilly


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes


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

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.::THE FILM::.

What happened to Colin Farrell? He was in a ton of big movies in the early 2000ís, and then all of a sudden he dropped off the face of the earth after that horrible Miami Vice remake. Triage wasnít released in the US until now as though it was a foreign release. This certainly isnít the best of his films as though I enjoy his cocky attitude, but honestly this is a decent attempt at getting back to the star he used to be in the movie world.

Mark Walsh (Colin Farrell) and David (Jamie Sives) are two photographers who are taking pictures of refugees and the war going on in Kurdistan when the two run into trouble there. They are taking pictures of the refugees who are trying to stop the war when an army bursts in and uses rocket launchers, guns, and other weapons of violence to try and stop the resistance movement. Mark takes pictures while this is going on and despite Davidís warnings to stop, he continues to the entire time the battle rages on.

Mark wakes up throughout this time injured and missing his feet. His body is badly scarred from a battle that hasnít happened yet since he is constantly going back and forth through time to tell the story. After speaking with David when the battle ends, Mark decides to head home to take care of his girlfriend Elena (Paz Vega). He rests with her a few days and then decides to try and reach David but heís unable to find out what happened to him or recall anything after the battle happened. Mark just wants to find his friend and reclaim his memories, but can he do that and remember what happened to him and his body?

In case youíre wondering, yes Farrell has a horrible accent the entire movie. His accents are always the worst but I always find them entertaining since they are so bad. He tries to use the accent to mimic the others around him but he fails miserably the entire flick. The other cast members donít help much either as though they are fake like his is, so needless to say this isnít his best performance. I did however chuckle constantly after the first few minutes whenever he talked due to how bad his accent is in comparison to how it really should sound.

The movieís pace is a huge problem for me as though it takes about thirty minutes to get to the actual plot of the film. Plus, the whole going back and forth so you know whatís going to happen to Mark is a pain. When you know the ending in the first few minutes because you are told the ending, it takes out the fun of the movie trying to guess what happens. Come on now, letís give audiences something to be shocked about or look forward to. The flick just moves too slow for my tastes and that coupled into the bad acting makes this a rather boring movie until the drama starts 30 minutes in.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Making Triage (20 minutes): This is a great extra that not only has interviews with the crew of the movie, but the cast including Farrell as well. Iíve always been a big fan of Farrell in most his of work and always enjoy extras that have him in them. This is a phenomenal extra to watch if you enjoyed the movie in the slightest.

Soundbites (27 minutes): The cast and crew talk about things to do with the film, how they came to work on the film, and other various things. As per the last extra, Farrellís interview is the best while the others are sort of ďmeh.Ē They are still worth a listen but donít expect that much entertainment value from them.

B-Roll Footage (10 minutes): This is a behind-the-scenes extra that dives into how some of the films scenes were shot. I enjoyed a little bit of this but honestly after a few minutes I was somewhat bored.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is probably the best looking E1 entertainment film Iíve seen from them as of yet, which is a positive but also a somewhat negative thing to write. This film unlike the others doesnít have a tint issue although on the other hand this one just doesnít have anything that I can really praise about the movie. There werenít any tint, grain, or noise issues that I found throughout the movie. So why didnít I give the film a better rating? I didnít because of the fact that the movie just didnít ďwowĒ me as it should have in comparison to other films Iíve viewed. There are no standout scenes, no reference material, or any scene that had enough vibrant colors or something of that nature to really praise it for. Needless to say though, this is truly the best looking flick E1 has put out.

Alright, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is awful with dialogue but literally scared the crap out of me with the gunfight and explosion scenes. I had cranked the volume way up due to the low dialogue levels for the first fifteen or so minutes and then had to quickly turn the volume down due to the sheer loudness that emerged moments later from explosions. My place actually shook a bit from the scene which is why I give this track high marks for surround sound and loudness, but low marks for dialogue levels being low and fairly inconsistent.



.::OVERALL::.

Triage isnít the best Farrell film but certainly not the worst. The movie has a rather slow pacing to it and I found the first thirty or so minutes to be quite boring. The technical package is decent and a few of the extras are worth watching. This is probably best served as a rental for the weekend and nothing more.