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Connors' War

Sony Pictures // R // September 26, 2006
List Price: $24.96 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Scott Weinberg | posted September 16, 2006 | E-mail the Author
The Movie

Picture a racially-flip-flopped Daredevil -- only without all the depth, nuance, and subtlety if that film (and yes, I'm kidding) -- and you're halfway to experiencing the generic familiarity of Connors' War. The idea of a blind justice-doler is, of course, nothing new (Rutger Hauer's Blind Fury is a guilty pleasure), but director Nick Castle does very little with the concept beyond bland chit-chat, several gun battles, and a dose of typically predictable espionage-type double-crossings.

Anthony 'Treach' Criss plays Connors, an ultra-badass secret service-type operative who gets results but no respect. After managing to save the First Lady from some evil bastards, Connors is hit with an explosion that renders his eyeballs inoperable.

Three years later Connors' old boss pops back up and insists the guy take a new assignment. Heck, they even have a fancy machine that will allow the agent to see again ... if only temporarily. This is all the motivation Connors needs, and it's not long before he's digging into government dirtpiles and coming out with all sorts of buried secrets.

Oh, and the fancy new retina medicine? It gives Connors the ability of superhuman sight, don't you know. He can see in the dark, at huge distances, etc. -- if only temporarily. So the bulk of the movie is Connors and his hot eyeball doctor (Nia Peeples) running from gunfight to gunfight, stopping occasionally to flirt and/or talk about eyeballs. And then we get a semi-surprise ending (that's not surpising in the least), the credits roll, and we (OK, I) are left wondering what exactly happened to the career of director Nick Castle.

(Castle's early career was a colorful one indeed: He played Michael Meyers in the original Halloween before writing Escape from New York with his pal John Carpenter. After that he directed two movies I still adore: The Last Starfighter and The Boy Who Could Fly. His other flicks include Tap, Mr. Wrong, Major Payne, and Dennis the Menace.)

Connors' War is standard cable fodder all the way, with only a few solid action scenes and maybe one colorful performance in the whole thing. Mr. Treach seems intent on turning himself into an action star, and he's certainly no worse at it than Steven Seagal is these days. I've seen a whole lot worse, true, but that's hardly a ringing endorsement, now is it?

The DVD

Video: The anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) transfer looks perfectly fine, even if the movie feels a whole lot like a late-night Showtime debut.

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, although I had to crank my volume up pretty high to catch all the dialogue.

Extras: Just a bunch of Sony trailers.

Final Thoughts

Connors' War feels a whole lot like a pilot episode of something called Blind Bling and the Hot Optometrist. If you approach the flick on those standards, you might just enjoy the familiarity a bit more than I did.

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