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Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
Fox // Unrated // July 26, 2011
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In the TV show Burn Notice Bruce Campbell steals just about every scene he's in. As ex-Navy Seal and shameless womanizer Sam Axe (a tribute to Ash, the role he played in The Evil Dead Trilogy). He's well-connected, tough, and very irreverent which lends the character a great deal of charm. It only seems natural that they'd someday reveal just how and why Sam left the US Navy. Instead of telling the story as a sidebar in Burn Notice,
Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) is in trouble. Escorted by MPs to a hearing room, he's asked to tell his part in a military fiasco that happened down somewhere in
Axe is put with Comandante
That evening Axe slips out of his tent and follows
After hearing this Sam takes off to warn the hospital. He manages to get there in time, but only an hour or so before
This was a fun show, not meant to be taken too seriously. Like Burn Notice, this isn't supposed to show the gritty reality of a situation, instead it's an entertaining way to spend an evening and it succeeds at what it sets out to do.
Having said that, and I did enjoy the movie, you really have to be willing to suspend your disbelief. There are a lot of plot holes and things that just wouldn't happen in real life (not limited to the deal Sam cuts at the end of the movie) both large and small. If you're the type of person who gets pulled out of a film when an admiral calls a Navy man "soldier" (it should be "sailor") they you'll have a lot of trouble with the film. If you can just sit back and relax though, you'll have a good time.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track does a good job of putting the viewer in the middle of the action. It's not a spectacular mix, but this is a made-for-TV movie, and when you take that into consideration it's pretty damn good. The explosions and battle noises have a good amount of impact and the rest of the time the sound field is used to good effect too.
I wasn't expecting a lot from this since the Blu-rays of Burn Notice weren't stellar. To my pleasant surprise the disc looks very good. The colors were strong and solid, the level of detail was good to excellent, and the whole production had a nice tone. Digitally things look equally good with no significant compression artifacts. This is a nice looking film.
There are only a few extras, but they're all great and I'll take quality over quantity any day. First off is a commentary track with Bruce Campbell, (director of the film and star of Burn Notice) Jeffrey Donovan, and Matt Nix. It's great fun and something you'll want to listen to. Next is a faux making-of featurette The Fall of Jeffrey Donovan. Running a little over 10 minutes, it shows how the TV star jumped behind the camera, and went crazy filming this movie in
If you enjoy Bruce Campbell on Burn Notice, you enjoy seeing (at least some of) his character's background in this TV film. We finally get to see just how and why Sam Axe left the Navy and on top of that how he settled on Chuck Finnley as his cover identity, and the latter alone is worth the price of admission. Recommended.