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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


Blu-ray review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:  98 minutes, featurette, interviews, theatrical trailer, DVD

VIDEO: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Subtitles: English


STUDIO: Entertainment One/ Yunnan Film Group/ Telefilm Canada/ Mediabiz Capital/ Seville Pictures/ Arclight Films/ Notorious Films/ Glacier Films/ Media-Max/ 22H22

RELEASE DATE: 3-31-2015

A reluctant crusader, Jacob (Hayden Christensen) has went east down the Silk Road to China in the middle of the 13th century as he looks for redemption (and a fellow crusader (Nicolas Cage)  who saw the Crusades fro what they were).  He gets addicted to opium and he saves the lives of a young prince and his sister (Lian)- who are the run from their ruthless older brother (who murdered their father).   Their father wanted the younger prince to take over the kingdom knowing the older prince was a good-for-nothing despised bastard.   The older brother is blaming the murder of their father on the young prince and he wants the royal seal which was given to the nicer young prince.   Jacob must keep his the prince and princess safe as they journey to a safe place, but he may need help to protect them while he faces his own personal demons.


Hayden Christensen gives a much better performance as a war weary knight (than he ever did in the STAR WARS movies) who sticks out like a sore thumb in the foreign land of China.   Nicolas Cage gives an over-the-top performance (while sporting another wild long hair and bearded look) where he is only in about 30 minutes of OUCAST.  The cinematography is very erratic when it comes to the action scenes which could have used less shaky camera motion (which is only good when you’re in motion unless you have the skill of someone like director Paul Greengrass with shaky camera action in the Bourne movies).   The plot is a little underdeveloped and most of the characters are clichéd while OUTCAST could have used a main Asian character to help Jacob in his quest to protect the prince and princess.  Nicolas Cage is an underused asset despite one of his other universal appeal performances to add another type of character to his acting resume.   OUTCAST is good enough for a rental and it is easily forgettable because it lacks a really good script and better direction.



Theatrical trailer


The MAKING OF OUTCAST featurette (about ten minutes long) is a behind-the-scenes promotional featurette which is a mix of interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and clips from the movie.   You learn from producer Jeremy Bolt that he originally developed OUCAST as a Vikings vs Saxon drama ten years ago before he redeveloped it as the movie that was made.


54 minutes of interviews with director Nicholas Powell and actors Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen which reveal more in-depth details about the movie, how Nicolas Cage compares Hayden to himself and how he liked Hayden’s work in the STAR WARS prequels, and Nicolas talks a little bit about his acting


FINAL ANALYSIS:  OUTCAST is a passable action tale fit for rental where the acting is good from Hayden Christensen while Nicolas Cage adds another performance to his resume.   The movie shows off China, but it could have used a more developed script to make it stand apart and not be forgettable direct to video fodder.


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