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Swimming With Sharks
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Review by Yvonne Tresnan | posted June 12, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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What's It All About
You really want to know? Then "shut up, listen, and learn." So says the ultimate boss from hell, movie studio exec Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey). The story centers on Guy, played effectively by Frank Whaley, a young, naïve film school grad who gets a "lucky" break and becomes Buddy's assistant. It doesn't take Guy long to realize what he's gotten himself into. Buddy rides Guy hard and Guy takes it like a trooper and then takes it some more and some more and some more, until… Crack, that's it, Guy breaks. Now it's time to turn the tables on Buddy and to make it painfully clear to him just how poorly he's treated Guy. And believe me, Guy intends to make it very very clear. Michelle Forbes rounds ou the trio of stars as studio producer Dawn Lockard who finds herself in a relationship with Guy and having to work with Buddy to get her movies made.
How Does It Look?
Image quality is very good especially since this was a low budget. The transfer is non-anamorphic but colors and flesh tones appear correct and consistent and there are no digital artifacts. Trimark provides a choice of 1.85:1 or full screen transfers for your viewing pleasure and both look equally good.
How Does It Sound?
Audit is presented in 2 channel stereo remixed to Dolby Surround with minimal use of the rear surrounds. Given that this is a dialogue based movie the audio track is fine. Not great, but don't worry, you'll hear everything you need to.
Extras, Extras, Extras!
There's not much in the way of extras outside of cast info and theatrical trailers. Trailers are included for Swimming With Sharks (of course!) as well as Chinese Box (ho-hum), Box of Moonlight (um…interesting) and Cube (cool!). While I don't usually comment on menus, especially as an extra feature, Sharks has really cool menu screens. Referencing a scene from the movie, the menus are set up like a proofread film script complete with red pencil marks and comments from the reviewer. The effect is fun and it really works with this film.
In Closing:
This is a quality, low budget, independent film. I had never of writer/director George Huang but he served up a winner with "Sharks". It ultimately is a satire that shows us what Hollywood can do to those who work within it. All of the stars are very good but Spacey's performance really shines. Spacey fans should add this disc to their collections right away, non-fans should at least rent it, as this could bring you over to our side!
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