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Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., 4Got10 beings out in the desert where a man named Brian Burns (Johnny Messner) wakes up. He's been shot, he's hurt bad, but he's in better shape than the dozen or so corpses laying around him. Unfortunately, he has no idea what happened or how he got to be where he is. He starts poking around and finds a van with four million in cash inside and then a second van full of cocaine, but not before he sees Sheriff Olson (Michael Pare) shoot down a rookie cop. When he does, Brian responds in kind, surprising the sheriff and blowing his ear off. He leaves him for dead and splits with the money and the drugs.
What Olson didn't count on was payback. See, the rookie cop he shot dead is related to a cartel box named Mateo Perez (Danny Trejo) and he will stop at nothing to get his revenge. On top of that, a tough talking DEA agent named Bob Rooker (Dolph Lundgren) has arrived in town specifically to work this case… and he doesn't want any help at all from the local cops. Brian winds up at the house of a woman named Christine (Natassia Malthe) and her husband Howard (John Laughlin) and while she recognizes him and thinks she knows when he's arrived, he's still suffering from amnesia and isn't sorting any of this out. Once he ties the couple up and locks them in the garage, and then winds up freeing Christine, they have sex, he has flashbacks and she finds out about the money. But she's not the only one with her eye on the cash and as Brian's memory starts coming back to him, he quickly realizes that.
This movie is really just one giant cliché after another. The backstabbing, the characters who are only out for number one, the way that in unfolds… it even uses irritating fire/branding graphics on screen every time a new character is introduced. "Brian Burns: THE OUTLAW" flashes on screen after he does something cool and then the graphic erupts into fire! It's pretty bad and it happens a lot, enough to the point that fifteen minutes into this you want to turn it off just to make it stop. Things do get more tolerable once we pass that point but they never improve to the degree that you really get all that involved in the movie.
And that's shame. While you don't necessarily think of guys like Lundgren, Trejo and Pare as traditionally great actors each one is entirely capable of delivering fun B-movie style performances as made very clear from some of their past efforts. We don't get any of that here. Trejo plays the same sort of character he always plays, his part in this picture is entirely unremarkable because it's just way too similar to the countless other tough criminal types he's played recently. Pare as the Sheriff? The same thing basically applies there too, he just sort of coasts through it. There are moments where it seems like he's trying to rise to the occasion but it never quite happens. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the entire movie is Lundgren. He's usually at least fun to watch here. If he's a little wooden sometimes, give him a script that plays to his strengths and he can make something entertaining out of it but that doesn't happen here, he's sleepwalking. Add to that the bizarre presence of Vivica A. Fox in an even smaller supporting role? You've got yourself a fairly wacky cast that just can't be bothered.
The saving grace, as far as the cast goes, is Johnny Messner. He's popped up in a lot of low budget and direct to video titles as well as a lot of TV over the last few years and here he really goes for it. He creates a somewhat interesting character, handles himself just fine in the action scenes and he actually emotes. He's more than watchable here, it's a shame that nobody else could be bothered to take things to the same level.
The movie does offer a decent twist at the end but getting there isn't really worth it. There isn't enough of a payoff. The script is full of bad dialogue, underdeveloped characters and adding insult to injury, during the shoot-outs the movie resorts to goofy bullet time style digital effects. None of this helps a movie that could and should have been a whole lot more entertaining than the mess that 4Got10 turned out to be.The Blu-ray:
4Got10 arrives on Blu-ray in AVC encoded 1080p high definition widescreen in 2.35.1. There's not much to complain about here at all, the movie looks pretty strong in high definition. Some very mild aliasing can be spotted here and there but otherwise the image is strong, nicely detailed and quite colorful, though some of the earlier scenes have an intentionally overexposed look to them. Black levels stay solid throughout without smearing or destroying shadow detail. Skin tones look lifelike and there's plenty of texture to ogle and detail to appreciate both in the foreground and the background of pretty much every shot.Audio:
The only audio option on this disc is an English language DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix. Optional subtitles are provided in English SDH. The movie features plenty of shoot outs and explosions and so we get a lot of rear channel and surround activity throughout. The low end offers up some nice rumble to anchor the action without burying the performers while the dialogue stays clean, clear and always discernible. There are no problems with any hiss or distortion anywhere in the mix. Some of the quieter moments offer up some nice subtle background details here and there but where the mix is at its best is during the more intense moments of the movie.Extras:
The main extra on the disc is a Behind The Scenes featurette that runs eighteen minutes in length. Most of this is just that… footage shot on set showing the cast and crew doing their thing, but Woodward does periodically interject here and talk about different plot points. It's marginally interesting in that it does give you some insight into the creative process. Aside from that, there are also five deleted scenes and an alternate ending that you can watch individually or by way of a play all button. These are all pretty short, the combined running time here is less than three minutes.
Animated menus and chapter selection are also on the disc and before those menus load, there are previews for a few other Cinedigm titles that play.Final Thoughts:
4Got10 is a pretty tough one to get through. The twist at the end isn't half bad but everything leading up to it is such a giant, overdone cliché that paying attention to it becomes a chore. Not even Dolph can save this one, he sleepwalks through it, while Trejo plays the same character he's always played. Throw in some bad and unnecessary CGI, pacing problems and a general lack of originality and this one… no. Just no. The Blu-ray looks and sounds good but no. Skip it.
Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.