Prison Break (2005)
Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.
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411MANIA | The Big Screen Bulletin 09.28.09: Breakouts and Blowouts
Chad Webb | 411mania.com - A Tribute | www.411mania.com | English
The Big Screen Bulletin 09.28.09: Breakouts and Blowouts
Straight to Video Nightmares: A Tribute to Prison Break
Prison Break: The Final Break
Starring: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, and William Fichtner
Directed By: Kevin Hooks and Brad Turner
Written By: Paul Scheuring, Nick Santora, Seth Hoffman, Zack Estrin, Karyn Usher, Christian W. Trokey, and Kalinda Vazquez
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
Running Time: 89 minutes
When a group of characters are a part of your life for so long, and strike an emotional chord within you deep enough, it is sad to see them go. For myself, the days of watching Prison Break have come to an end. For approximately 4 years, I have followed the wild adventures of Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows. I requested to review the first season of the show even though I had never seen an episode. I was instantly hooked, and have been ever since, because I both liked the show and had to see what happened next. I guess I have Ashish to thank for that. This article is both a tribute to a show I enjoyed, and a straight to video nightmare, because you see, it concluded with a DTV release, so I was able to incorporate the series into my news report.
Some of this article will contain spoilers from the beginning to the end of the series. Be warned! The show begins with Michael (Wentworth Miller), an engineer, planning to get himself arrested so he can help bust his brother out of prison. His brother, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), has been falsely convicted of murdering the brother of the Vice-President. He was sentenced to death. Michael has covered his body in disguised tattoos of codes, hints, and prison blueprints that will help him get his brother out. As the season rolls along, Michael must bring more inmates along to escape for one reason or another. At the same time, Michael started a romance with Dr. Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), who worked inside the prison. The season ends with the brothers and the rest of the group escaping Fox River Prison. The first season is about as close to a perfect season of television as you can get.
The second season can be summarized by saying that the “Fox River Eight” is on the run. A massive government conspiracy leaves many of the group betrayed and/or killed as a new character, Agent Mahone (William Fichtner), hunts them down in order to kill them. Michael, Lincoln, and the others are also chasing the money supposedly left behind by D.B. Cooper, who was revealed to have been locked up with Michael as Charles Westmoreland (Muse Watson) in the first season. The Vice-President (Patricia Wettig) eventually becomes the President, and in the end, the brothers force her to give them U.S. pardons. Michael, Lincoln, and Sara meet in Panama, but Michael gets captured and put inside Sona, a rough and rowdy prison. This season displayed some kinks in the armor as some plot holes surfaced, too many close calls occurred, and so forth. Nonetheless, it remained entertaining.
The third season focuses on Lincoln now having to break Michael out of prison this time. Meanwhile, the conspiracy surrounding the brothers stems from the Company, a mysterious group that has targeted the brothers for reasons too extensive for me to explain here. Sara has been kidnapped and tortured by a Company operative named Gretchen (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). Michael, who is joined by Agent Mahone in prison, along with a few others from Fox River, and some new inmate characters, must break out a man named Whistler (Chris Vance), whom the Company wants released for a special project. Michael is told Sara has been decapitated, but in the end, Lincoln succeeds in helping Michael escape from Sona, along with Whistler. This was probably the beginning of the end for the series since this season was cut short due to the writer’s strike. That event certainly did not help the show. The season itself was intriguing as the story once again centered on a prison break, and as a whole, it worked better than season 2.
The fourth and final season begins with Whistler dead, and Sara is discovered to be alive. The Company had lied to Michael about her death. Michael, Lincoln, and others are told about the enigmatic Scylla device. They are hired by Homeland Security agent Don Self (Michael Rapaport) to capture the device. This season was very chaotic as Michael’s mother (Kathleen Quinlan) is discovered to be alive, Michael has a brain tumor, and Sara is pregnant. The season is basically a cat and mouse game where Scylla changes hands regularly. The ending of the season is the shocker. Michael, Lincoln, and Sara are presumably free and exonerated, but then it fast forwards 4 years into the future. Sara and Michael Jr. visit his father’s grave. Apparently Michael died, and they lead us to believe it was because of a brain tumor. This ending was tacked on for those who wouldn’t be watching The Final Break movie.
Creator Paul Scheuring stated shortly after the first season that he mapped the story out as a 5 season show. Prison Break almost hit that mark, but came up a bit short when cancelled after season 4. The film begins with Michael and Sara’s wedding, but during the reception, the authorities crash the party and arrest Sara. This is the first sign of flaws. At the end of season 4, everyone was exonerated for everything they did wrong, including Sara. Basically, whatever happened before then, was wiped clean. For some reason, a person Sara killed at the end of season 4 was not included in that deal. This makes little sense, regardless of how they explain it. So Sara is sent to a women’s prison. One can assume the 5th season would have focused on Michael trying to break Sara out. That did not come to pass, so that storyline was condensed into a 90 minute movie.
The prison Sara has been transported to also houses males. This includes T-Bag (Robert Knepper), a character that has been on the show since the beginning, and General Krantz (Leon Russom), formerly the head of the Company. On the female side, Sara is joined by Gretchen, who was arrested in the middle of the 4th season. Another inmate, portrayed by Lori Petty, is hilariously named Daddy. Outside the prison, Michael, Lincoln, and his buddy Sucre (Amaury Nolasco – also a member of the series since the beginning) prepare to bust Sara out. They must work quickly though because Sara’s life is in danger everyday. General Krantz wants her dead, but Sara is also prey for some of the inmates. Agent Mahone agrees to help the brothers, but secretly he is trying to get his job with the FBI back, and in order to do that, he must help capture the brothers.
It is obvious that the plan was to stretch this out over a entire season. The way this movie unfolds, a lot of corners need to be cut, and the editing flow is not nearly as smooth as fans grew accustomed to. A new government agent named Todd Wheatley enters the fray, played by Chris Bruno. He is the height of annoying as he unloads one cheesy one-liner after the other. One-liners are a big part of the show, but when this guy delivers them, you cringe. Lori Petty was goofy, yet suitable as the butch inmate. Where has she been? Still, at least the regular cast members are present, carrying the viewers through to the end.
Brad Turner and Kevin Hooks directed this film, and between them, they stood at the helm of around 16 episodes of the regular series. The pacing here is a lot quicker, and you even see Michael open up with his emotions in one scene, which is unusual for a show where the characters relied more on subtlety and bottling up their feelings. The ending is bittersweet, but appropriate considering how much these characters went through and how often they survived near death experiences. Other than that, the dialogue, settings, and camera work are all pretty much in sync with the show.
This is my opportunity to sing the praises of some of the cast members. A select few kept me enthralled to the point where even though some of the twists and turns made me roll my eyes, I kept coming back for more. The main one is Robert Knepper as Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell. His performance absolutely never missed a beat. His Southern accent, tongue loops, and creepy swagger make him one of the best characters on TV in the last decade. Knepper has been acting in television and movies since the mid-80’s. His recent films include The Transporter 3, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Hostage. He is currently on Heroes, and prior to Prison Break, was on Carnivale. This is an actor who deserves more film work! T-Bag made you hate him on levels few performers can attain. He made us laugh and scream. He will be missed.
Ultimately, it was the relationship between Michael and Lincoln that kept the loyal fans around. Wentworth Miller was outstanding as Michael Scofield, and Dominic Purcell was not far behind as Lincoln Burrows. Together, they possessed the chemistry that made the series memorable. Scofield especially was such a complex and fascinating character, worthy of discussion. Sarah Wayne Callies was equally as fabulous as Sara Tancredi, the love interest for Michael. Had the connection between them not felt genuine, the series would not have lasted. Wentworth Miller has signed on for Resident Evil: Afterlife, while Dominic Purcell only has Straw Dogs for his future. Sarah Wayne Callies has a movie called Lullaby for Pi lined up featuring Forest Whitaker. I wish them luck.
I wish I had the time to write about every character, and explain further details about the seasons, but I can’t. There is not enough time in the day. The only other character that needs praise is William Fichtner’s Agent Mahone. Fichtner has been in many mainstream films, (Armageddon is just one example) so his face should be recognizable as one of those actors who is in “everything.” His character arose during season 2, and throughout all the chaos and silliness of certain plot points, he never ceased to be convincing and brilliant with each scene.
Prison Break was far from a perfect series, but it was addicting, and featured enough talented performers to give it a healthy run. As for The Final Break, the question of whether or not you NEED to see it is a definite no. However, if you are a fan that has lasted this long, you will watch it no matter what I say. If I was to suggest the show to someone in the future however, I would probably leave out the movie because season 4 ends just the way it should. To close the file on Prison Break, I will give 2 short top 5 lists that you may peruse at your leisure.
Prison Break: The Final Break = 6.5/10.0
Top 5 Prison Break Characters
– This list does not include the brothers or Sara
1.T-Bag, portrayed by Robert Knepper
2.Agent Alex Mahone, portrayed by William Fichtner
3.Warden Henry Pope, portrayed by Stacy Keach
4.Veronica Donovan, portrayed by Robin Tunney
5. Agent Paul Kellerman, portrayed by Paul Adelstein
Gretchen Morgan, portrayed by Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
Top 5 Prison Break Episodes
– This list does not include the pilot episode, or any season finales
1.“Riots, Drills, and the Devil” (Parts 1 2) – From Season 1
2.“The Killing Box” – From Season 2
3.“Fire/Water” – From Season 3
4.“Selfless” – From Season 4
5.“Go” – From Season 1
“S.O.B.” – From Season 4
The News Bulletin
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – $24.6 million ($60 million)
2. Surrogates – $15 million ($15 million)
3. Fame (2009) – $10 million ($10 million)
4. The Informant! – $6.9 million ($20.9 million)
5. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $4.7 million ($44.5 million)
6. Pandorum – $4.4 million ($4.4 million)
7. Love Happens – $4.3 million ($14.7 million)
8. Jennifer’s Body – $3.5 million ($12.3 million)
9. 9 – $2.8 million ($27 million)
10. Inglourious Basterds – $2.7 million ($114.4 million)
I was wrong this week. I have been on a nice little streak as far as predicting the #1 spot, but the dance flick failed me. I thought for sure people would flock to see Fame. I mean hell, Step Up was #1 during its run. Mostow’s Surrogates does the best of the new releases? To me, that it is a victory for that camp. Now I have to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It must be ok. Pandorum debuted at an expected position, Jennifer’s Body is falling fast, as is 9. Basterds, I Can Do Bad…, and The Informant! have done very nice business. Next week is tough. Zombieland opens in the most theaters, but many will dismiss the re-release of Toy Story 1 2 in 3D. Cloudy has a chance to three-peat because I doubt any of the new releases are strong enough to win.
Polanski: Wanted and Arrested
Police in Switzerland took Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski into custody on statutory rape charges that the director has been avoiding for more than thirty years. Polanski, now 76, pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in 1977 in the United States, but fled the country before he could be sentenced and a warrant for his arrest was issued in 1978. He had been living in France ever since. Balmer said the U.S. would now have to make a formal extradition request.
Polanski was scheduled to receive an honorary award at the festival when he was apprehended Saturday at the airport, the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. It said U.S. authorities have sought the arrest of the 76-year-old director around the world since 2005. Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978, a year after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with the underage girl. The director of such classic films as “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” has asked a U.S. appeals court in California to overturn a judges’ refusal to throw out his case. He claims misconduct by the now-deceased judge who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it.
The Swiss statement said Polanski was in “provisional detention for extradition,” but added he would not be transferred to U.S. authorities until all proceedings are completed. Polanski can contest his detention and any extradition decision in the Swiss courts, it said. Polanski has lived for the past three decades in France, where his career has continued to flourish, and he received a directing Oscar in absentia for the 2002 movie “The Pianist.”
Polanski has not been extradited from France because his crime reportedly was not covered under treaties between the United States and France. He has avoided traveling to countries likely to extradite him. For instance, he testified by video link from Paris in a 2005 libel trial in London against Vanity Fair magazine because he did not want to enter Britain for fear of being arrested.
You’d think if he got caught accepting an award, it would have been his Oscar for The Pianist. A director who makes a speech, then leaves in handcuffs. That would have been funny. Because this case has gone on for so many years, and because Polanski’s career has flourished since then, many wish for the situation to be over. Understandable. Polanski has suffered a lot during his lifetime, from the Holocaust to the murder of Sharon Tate. However, we need to remember what he was accused of. He allegedly put a Quaalude into the victim’s drink, and despite her protests, performed oral sex, intercourse, and sodomy on her. He served 42 days in prison for evaluation. A plea bargain had been reached, but the judge reneged on it. Polanski claims misconduct on the judge, who is now deceased. A documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired covers this. He fled to France to avoid more jail time. Is this right? Do I think he should be given a free pass after all this time? No, as a person who graduated with a degree in criminal justice, I cannot say that. Was he screwed by the judge? Maybe, maybe not, but he did flee, and that was wrong. If he was not famous, how would we feel? I think he needs to do some sort of time..finally, however long it might be, and be done with it. If he did rape her, 42 days is not enough in my opinion, especially since he fled. Even the victim has wished the case be dismissed though. Hopefully soon this whole ordeal can be finished.
Mamet the Dark Strikes!
A planned adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” for Disney Pictures has been put into turnaround because it is “too dark” says The Wrap. The article says provocateur playwright and filmmaker David Mamet (“Heist,” “Spartan”) was hired to pen the adaptation, but the script he turned in was not a retelling of the famous Holocaust drama taken from the diaries of Frank. Instead Mamet delivered the story of a contemporary Jewish girl who goes to Israel and learns about the traumas of suicide bombing. The script apparently delivers a pro-Israeli exploration of modern anti-Semitism.
“It’s very intense, and dark and scary. It’s not a film version of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank.’ The story evolved into something more intense” says one insider, indicating the subject matter is too difficult for Disney to produce or distribute. In the wake of chairman Dick Cook’s sudden departure, the studio is unlikely to give the go-ahead on any projects in development until new management has been sorted out and settled.
-From Dark Horizons
Well, Tarantino started out remaking The Inglorious Bastards directly, but his script developed into something else. Mamet appears to have done the same thing, but the Weinsteins and Disney are two different companies. It can’t be too dark if you’re writing it for Disney. Mamet should have realized this. It would be great it it could be simultaneously dark and Disney, but that’s not the way they operate. I would love to see a film of the screenplay he penned, but Disney does not seem to be the place to do it justice. Really, I don’t think we need an updated version of Anne Frank anyway. Furthermore, Disney is very discombobulated since Dick Cook left. Who knows what will come of this project. Stay tuned…
Missing “Screamers” May Return
Neve Campbell has signed on to return as Sidney Prescott while Wes Craven is in talks to direct “Scream 4 ” for Dimension Films reports Variety. With The Weinstein Company’s finances and future on shaky ground, Dimension topper Bob Weinstein is playing it safe and bringing back both familiar faces and titles to the Dimension genre label.
Though talked about for a while with the hiring of previous cast members Courteney Cox and David Arquette, the fourth “Scream” was looking to be a different kind of affair with neither Campbell or Craven involved. Today’s news though, along with word that the film already has an April/May shooting date targeted, means that the film has suddenly become a much more high profile project.
Dimension and Disney are also developing a 3D fourth “Spy Kids” movie which Robert Rodriguez is writing and will shoot starting in March. Plans are also still in place for “Halloween 3D”, 3D remakes of “Hellraiser” and “Scanners”, and regular remakes of “Children of the Corn,” “Short Circuit” and “An American Werewolf in London”.
-From Dark Horizons
The game has certainly changed now hasn’t it? Neve Campbell, realizing she would be a fool to pass on the role, has suddenly had a change of heart. I think the Scream trilogy was fine the way it ended, and I have been outspokenly against a fourth installment, but if it must be made, I am hoping Craven will be at the helm. If anyone can salvage some positive results after all these years, it would be him, since he made them all. Although, he could use a career booster himself as its been 4 years since his last feature (2005’s Red Eye). The important factor is the story. The arc that concluded the first three films was terrific, so if they are bringing back the mask, make sure the script doesn’t suck. Oh, and all the rest of those remakes/sequels, I could care less about.
Alert!: MGM Needs Bailout Money
Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that MGM’s conference call with its bondholders Wednesday went poorly, to put it kindly. “MGM made a desperate plea for money because the studio had missed its numbers and was going to be out of funds very soon. ‘The implication was that it’s teetering on bankruptcy,’ one source told me,” DHD’s Nikki Finke wrote. “MGM said it needed $20M in short-term cash flow to cover overhead, and an additional $150 million to get through the end of year and continue funding its projects, and to start Peter Jackson’s Hobbit.”
The site provides a dense business-speak lowdown of the whats and whys of the money woes MGM has found itself in, but the gist of it is: “The conference call was planned to present the creditors with a request, or forbearance, to waive interest payments on MGM’s $3.5 billion killer debt until February 2010. Because if MGM doesn’t have to make those interest payments, then the studio can afford to use that money instead to fund the production slate.” DHD claims the equity holders aren’t willing to ride to the rescue because they see no upside for them at this point.
MGM, you may recall, got back the Bond franchise after Sony’s two-picture agreement expired with the release of last year’s Quantum of Solace. But now MGM may be forced into bankruptcy. This is bad news because, as Finke explains, MGM “would lose James Bond and the studio doesn’t think it can stay alive without 007.”
So right now MGM is looking at not having enough money to actually produce The Hobbit and could likely lose James Bond if it has to declare bankruptcy. From what her sources tell her, Finke believes that MGM’s creditors will come around to seeing how bad bankruptcy would be for the studio and avoid that option. But MGM has yet to formally ask for a forbearance, which their bondholders would then have to approve.
Staying alive on just the Bond franchise is difficult if you ask me. Anyway you slice it, MGM’s days appear to be numbered, or at least, they are about to be given a blow that would put them down for a count of 10. I thought the Bond reboot was conceived as a trilogy? That was what the crew was saying on the special features anyhow. It would be silly and disappointing if we never saw the conclusion of that story arc. I am sure The Hobbit would find the necessary money somehow, but the fact is, that production is not on safe ground. How frustrating. Since The Hobbit was announced, it has been a continuation of bumpy roads. Aside from Bond, MGM has literally had no hits that I can recall. How they have managed to stay afloat this long is beyond me. At this juncture, I’m not sure whether to root for MGM, or hope the fork gets stuck in them so the franchises can be turned over to a studio more financially secure.
The 20 Second Sermon
Another He-Man film has been announced, and even though I would love to see a new version, it will likely be terrible. Nevertheless, I would not bet on anything until you see a trailer. David Cronenberg is set to direct a new remake of The Fly. Yes, CGI has come a long way, but this is a supremely stupid idea. Hitchcock remade his own The Man Who Knew Too Much, but in this case, the first remake is fine the way it stands. David Goyer is in early talks to create a sequel for Ghost Rider. Cage and company are expected to return. I doubt anything will change. Ghost Rider looks cool, but that’s it. Keanu Reeves updates us on the status of Cowboy Bebop, the live-action movie. Apparently a great script was turned in, but it would cost half a billion dollars, so he is doing a re-write. OK, so he re-writes it so it sucks and costs nothing. Diablo Cody will pen and produce a film adaptation of Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High book series for Universal Pictures. Hmm, seems like a step down for her, but we’ll see what happens.
The DVD Release Rundown for September 15th
DVD Headline of the Week
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary) – This classic is approaching Army of Darkness territory with its number of dips. Still, the Blu-Ray edition is new, but I don’t think I need this film in Hi-Def. Still, I don’t have an adequate set of this yet, so this might go on the Christmas list. Preorderable
Monsters vs. Aliens – Dreamworks supplies an animated film that is too ordinary and mediocre. The visuals are geared towards kids, the humor is for the adults, and they don’t mix well. The voice cast is fun, but too noticeable. This is funny, but only good in the theater. Rentable
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – These comic book DTV releases are usually a blast, especially the ones with these characters. A story with them together should be entertaining.
Away We Go – Sam Mendes delivers another winner after Revolutionary Road. Maya Rudolph and Jon Krazinski hand in great performances in a dramedy that is heartwarming, thoughtful, and funny. This is free of most cliches, and has a lot to say about relationships. Buyable
Management – This stars Jennifer Aniston, the Matthew McConaughey of female actresses. Her co-star is Steve Zahn in this romantic comedy. Still on board? You’re braver than I.
Shrink – Kevin Spacey stars as a drunken psychiatrist in this dramedy. His performance seems interesting enough for me to rent it, but I’m not sure when that’ll happen.
The Girlfriend Experience – Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh does another of his experiments, this one starring a porn star, portraying an escort. The docudrama approach is authentic, but the lovers’ tiff situation is not, and the decisions of the character make little sense. Rentable
The Stepfather II – It makes no sense whatsoever why the sequel would be released over 2 weeks before the original, but here you go, on DVD officially for the first time, but I own bootlegs. I have reviewed the film here. This sequel is a worthy follow-up. Buy it Used
Disney Animated Collection 7: Mickey’s Christmas Carol – Disney continues to pump out their series of short films, and fans need to buy them while they’re out. I have 1 already, and would like to get some of the other volumes. This one should be a fun holiday buy.
The Hanging Woman – A stranger arrives at a 19th century Scottish village to claim his enheritance, and evil ensues. The cover and premise caught my attention. The DVD is only $9. I’m sure it is a 4 star masterpiece.
Lies Illusions – Some guy’s wife is declared dead, and he is then hunted by hired killers. Yadda Yadda Yadda. He finds a closet full of weapons she owned. This stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Slater. Ugh. Count me out. In my mind, I wonder if there is a B-movie club that congregates somewhere.
The Critic’s Quickee
– Diablo Cody’s scripts contain bold, confident, and tough females, and in the case of this movie, those who are not afraid to voice their opinions on guys. This tends to intimidate male viewers (though they would never admit it), hence they react harshly with arguments I feel are thin. The complaints are always the same. The slang is stupid, self-indulgent, and pretentious. Funny that whenever male screenwriters and filmmakers employ similar dialogue (take Brick as one example), few complain. It is a double standard. Jennifer’s Body is far from a perfect film, but it had two things going against it that I should have forseen for box office predictions. The first is that many females probably stayed away due to not liking Megan Fox, and the second is that a good enough portion of males stayed away because of Diablo Cody. I am sure there are more reasons, but those are my thoughts. Does this script include Cody’s trademark lingo? Sure it does. That makes her stand out, and whether any of you know it or not, people in the real world use slang everyday, and I can bet all of you (like myself) have not yet heard all the variations of slang, so let us forget about criticizing that aspect of her writing. This is a funny and entertaining horror romp that blends dark comedy, satire, and gore rather well. Some would say it tries to be scary, but the attempts at scares are minimal. The primary aim here was laughs, and it was effective. Cody is saying something quite specific about how gullible guys are to hot girls that bat their eyes. I loved how they poked fun at Emo bands. One violent scene is made hilarious when the band sings “867-5309” during a kill. J.K. Simmons is bizarre but humorous as a teacher with an ugly wig and neck growth. Megan Fox, despite being a nuisance in real life, is perfect and terrific in this role because I can bet it suits her personality. Amanda Seyfriend is also fantastic as Needy. The two performers possess a lot of chemistry that drives the film. The problem with the movie is that the dialogue and performances are superior to the story. A couple facets of the plot are not laid out properly enough. I also thought they spent too much time in “funeral” mode when characters died. Director Karyn Kusama has only dealt with women heroines in her career, but even so I think a different director could have improved the film a bit. Kusama’s previous film, Aeon Flux dealt with a female heroine, and it was terrible. I haven’t seen her debut Girlfight. I enjoyed the town of Devil’s Kettle, I really dug the lesbian scene, and there was even a white ferret that looked neat. You can kind of see where the final portion of the film is heading, but I still thought it was fulfilling. It reminded me a lot of Prom Night II III, which I think are the best installments of that franchise. Jennifer’s Body might be consciously campy, but I think it’s effective in that way. It has some issues, but I laughed enough to recommend it. Final Rating = 7.5/10.0
– It really brings a smile to face to watch Matt Damon in action lately. He brings a passion and enthusiasm to his craft that I admire, and that is especially clear in this role of Mark Whitacre, a goofball that pulls the plug on his company’s price fixing and becomes informant in an attempt to save himself. This is a brilliant performance where Damon gets to sink his teeth into a comedic part, which is something he doesn’t do often enough. He already has superb chemistry with Director Steven Soderbergh from the Ocean’s trilogy, so the duo has no problems clicking here. What I appreciated about this movie was that it was not played straight like a standard business thriller. Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns integrate the humor wonderfully, and I think without that element, this film would not have stood out enough. It would have been too ordinary and not as accessible. They could have handled it straight, but it would have been a hindrance, not an improvement in my opinion. It takes the clichés of the whistle blower films and pokes fun at them, which was great. Mark Whitacre is very obvious about being an informant, but slides by just barely on many occasions. He’s given his wire at an indoor pool, he shows his secret briefcase to a random dude, and seems to have trouble telling the truth to the FBI. The film is saturated with outstanding supporting and minor performances. Two stood out for me. You have Thomas F. Wilson (that’s right Biff Tannen himself) and Clancy Brown (yes, Captain Hadley from Shawshank), both of whom need more work. Soderbergh elects to not make this a big screen version of an Enron type scandal, but instead chooses a tongue-in-cheek approach with a melancholy attitude. Actually, if the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room were a comedy, it might look like this. They want the viewers to have a fun time watching this. You have the colorful captions, the distinctive score which is very much a Marvin Hamlisch score, is a negative most of the time. The one other aspect that bothered me was the narration. I found myself laughing at some of the voice-overs, but many of them seemed to ramble. The Informant! reminded me of Catch Me If You Can, but with more emphasis on comedy, which is was welcomed. This is a terrific movie that I would gladly watch again. Final Rating = 8.5/10.0
What Have I Done?
– I recently read Harold Pinter’s play, Betrayal, a tale told in reverse that actually beat Memento to the punch by many years. Because it is unraveled in this manner, the simple story is given more layers, and has a deeper resonance that might not have existed had it been told in a linear fashion. It took me a day and a half to finish, so I was thoroughly engaged. A film was made in 1983 starring Ben Kinglsey and Jeremy Irons, but it is depressingly long out of print, and was never even on DVD.
– I saw the 1985 horror film Cat’s Eye for the first time, knowing nothing of what it was about. Initially, the cat/Barrymore stuff had me confounded, but it quickly moved into an anthology format, which presented us with one of the funniest I’ve seen in awhile as James Woods joins a quit smoking clinic that is run by the mob. The second segment has a love affair ruined by a rich old man who demands that the male walk around the ledge of his apartment high over a city. The third involves a creature, a cat, and Drew Barrymore. Overall, the entire movie is zany and silly, but a lot of fun.
– I listened to Willie Nelson’s new CD, American Classic on this day. Willie pumps out albums like its going out of style. This is his 3rd this year I believe. This features duets with Diane Krall and Norah Jones, so that tells you he is going for a jazz vibe. It also has elements of Frank Sinatra here and there as he submits a new rendition of “Always on My Mind.” It has a bunch of other covers as well, but Willie sinks into the mood rather well. He can do just about anything, and seem relaxed in the process. This may not be a “classic”, but it is more solid music from a legend.
– Today I found myself going grocery shopping with the fiancée. As many of you guys will know, it is not fun. When I am forced to go grocery shopping on my own, I get what I need, and get out, regardless of sales, coupons, or other nonsense. That’s just the way I operate, and Ray Romano agrees, according to his stand up act. Women always have a list, and then veer away from it immediately. This makes the trip go on longer than needed. I’ll make sure I’m out of the house next time she needs to shop.
– Since Thursday, I have been a bit under the weather, which blows as the fall season is just getting started. Luckily, I had a few episodes of The Golden Girls, Mountain Dew, and a few new DVDs to get me through the weekend. Even though like Garfield, I hate Mondays, I’m crossing my fingers that a new week means I’m healthy again.
Based on the Trailer…
Gentlemen Broncos – I’ve never been a fan of Jared Hess’ work, and this does not look like new territory for him. The jokes were not very funny, and the story is weak. Trailer Rating = 5.5/10.0
Trucker – Michelle Monaghan plays a trucker that hates her kid. Nathan Fillion and Benjamin Bratt also star. Monaghan appears to be aiming for a statue with this performance. This film may be a surprise, you never know. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
St. Trinian’s – A crazy comedy about a school for girls. This features Rupert Everett in multiple roles, Colin Firth, Russell Brand, and many others. This could be fun, but it could also be way too silly. I’m on the fence at this point. Trailer Rating = 6.5/10.0
Everybody’s Fine – Robert De Niro stars as a father trying to re-connect with his children. This strikes me as a little dull, but since it has an all-star cast, I am sure it will do good business. I’m not that impressed. De Niro needs a better project. Trailer Rating = 6.0/10.0
Zombieland – This looks hysterical, and very much in the vein of Shaun of the Dead, but that’s ok because Woody Harrelson rocks, and if he’s killing zombies, I’m paying for a ticket. Nuff said. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
Cirque de Freak: A Vampire’s Assistant – I suppose a quirky horror comedy like this looks hilarious and fascinating to some, but it looks incredibly lame and dull to me. Aside from the effects, I have little interest in this, and John C. Reilly can do better. Trailer Rating = 5.0/10.0
New York, I Love You – The first film, Paris, Je T’aime was one of the best films in recent memory that few knew about. So I am very excited about this second installment. The cast and directors look amazing. It should be a terrific experience. Trailer Rating = 9.0/10.0
The Invention of Lying – This is going to be hilarious from start to finish. I’m a huge Ricky Gervais fan, and I can’t wait to see this. The cast is terrific, and the premise is creative. Trailer Rating = 10.0/10.0
Astro Boy – A lot of bright colors, fancy CGI, an all-star cast, and not much else. I realize fans of the many TV series’ will be excited, but this character just translates as ordinary to the big screen. Trailer Rating = 5.0/10.0
Capitalism: A Love Story – This was a very funny teaser. It is typical Moore comedy, but I appreciated the way it was set up. No one gets the world interested in documentaries (or whatever you call Moore’s stuff) like he does. Trailer Rating = 7.5/10.0
Good Hair – Chris Rock stars in this documentary about wigs and the black women who have extensions and weaves. If I had read about this on paper, I would have not cared at all, but this does look funny, and I was a witness to an extension being ripped out, and it was not a pretty sight. Anyway, this should be funny. Trailer Rating = 7.5/10.0
Motherhood – Uma Thurman stars in a movie about parenting and multi-tasking in a big city. It looks like it could deliver a nice performance from her, but the rest looks formulaic and potentially schmaltzy. Trailer Rating = 6.0/10.0
Youth in Revolt – Michael Cera needs a hit after Year One, and I’m not sure if this will be that hit. It could be very funny or very dumb, but the likely verdict is somewhere in between. Still, it looks worth seeing. Trailer Rating = 7.0/10.0
Capitalism: A Love Story (2) – This looks like typical Moore shtick with humorous stunts intermingled with important points. I do not see him evolving as a documentarian, and although he informs the people on relevant issues, he should change his style every now and then. Trailer Rating = 6.0/10.0
Where the Wild Things Are – I know this production had loads of trouble, but this looks outstanding by the trailer. I can’t wait to see it. The creatures look good and Spike Jonze usually doesn’t disappoint. Trailer Rating = 8.5/10.0
The Damned United – Peter Morgan is a terrific screenwriter, and when he and Michael Sheen come together it usually means positive things. This is a soccer story with a superb cast, so I will certainly check it out even if I’m not a huge soccer fan. Trailer Rating = 7.5/10.0
Law Abiding Citizens – I’m not sure I buy the twist in the trailer with Butler being this top agent/spy. Jaime Foxx looks to be phoning it in also. I do agree with another 411 colleague that it looks like Cape Fear in a way. I’m sure I’ll see it, but I am not enthused. Trailer Rating = 5.0/10.0
Whip It! – The directorial debut of Drew Barrymore looks like loads of fun actually, and it has my main gal Ellen Page in it, so I’m definitely seeing it. And my God, Daniel Stern is in this! It’s about damn time he did something new. The plot looks good, and they use a Weezer song, so it gets my approval. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
The Box – Ok, my feelings on Richard Kelly and Donnie Darko are well known now, but tell me with a straight face this trailer does not make you laugh a little. They actually use the line “Is someone pushing you buttons?” in reference to the box. This does seem somewhat intriguing, but I would put money on it being horrendous. Trailer Rating = 5.5/10.0
I Hope They Served Beer in Hell – This film looks like the epitome of dumb, and I will also mention the bad timing. A bachelor party film after The Hangover with worse actors. Umm, most of us will never notice this come and go. Trailer Rating = 3.0/10.0
The Stepfather – I must admit, this does not look as bad as I thought, but it still looks to have some issues. This film keeps the real father and adds a couple kids. I’ll certainly see this, but am not sure how good it will be yet. Trailer Rating = 6.5/10.0
More than a Game – If this focuses on the entire high school team, and not just LeBron James, it could be a very decent documentary. The trailer certainly spreads the wealth, so that’s good. Trailer Rating = 7.0/10.0
An Education – This British drama could go either way. It stars Peter Sarsgaard, and I like to see him getting juicer roles. The rest of the cast seems strong too, including Emma Thompson and Alfred Molina. Depending on how easy this is to see in theaters, I’d give it a shot. Trailer Rating = 7.0/10.0
Antichrist (2) – My tickets are pre-ordered for an early screening. This trailer has me more pumped for the film, and with Jars Von Trier, you never know what to expect. The quotes from the critics heighten the disturbing factors. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
A Serious Man – The new film by the Coen brothers looks…well…weird, but then again, most of their films do. I like how they are not using many of their regular actors here. It doesn’t matter what the plot is, I’m seeing this definitely. Trailer Rating = 7.5/10.0
Amelia – I am anxious to see this since I’ve researched the history a little bit. The cast looks tremendous, so it should be terrific. The various words at the end of the trailer were lame, but otherwise this has me excited. Trailer Rating = 9.0/10.0
The Road – This is based on a Cormac McCarthy novel, the same person who wrote the book to No Country for Old Me. I had no idea this was about the end of civilization. I am disappointed somewhat, but it could be good since Viggo and Charlize are the leads. These types of storylines always have the potential to be terrible though. The release date for this has already been pushed a number of times. I hope the final cut is better than this trailer. Trailer Rating = 6.5/10.0
Couples Retreat – This looks to be very funny, and hopefully the comedy is leveled out and not left up to Vaughn’s typical shtick. Of course this trailer shows mostly him. Still, for people around the ages of the characters, this will be a definite date night. Trailer Rating = 7.0/10.0
Saw VI – The poster ad was very cool, but this teaser is not. Actually, it is very disappointing and uncreative unlike the rest of the marketing campaign. I am still of fan of the series, so I hope this sequel delivers. Trailer Rating = 5.5/10.0
Precious – This is about how life can be very hard sometimes. The cast includes Mariah Carey and Mo’Nique, both of whom look to be outstanding, and I can’t believe I just wrote that, but it’s true. See for yourself. This looks to be a winner. Trailer Rating = 9.0/10.0
The Fantastic Mr. Fox – This film looks like a blast, and the animation looks outstanding. Wes Anderson uses many of his regulars here, which is fine, but George Clooney does not have a good voice for animation. Everytime I hear him I picture his face. Oh well, I’ll definitely see this. Trailer Rating = 8.5/10.0
Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) – I love music, so this is right up my alley. It’s about a radio station on a boat, one that helped give rock music to the world. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Nick Frost. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
Ninja Assassin – This looks certifiably awesome. The kid at the beginning of this trailer should beat up the kid from The Last Airbender. I am for action films, but when you include throwing stars and chains, I am amped. I can’t wait to see this. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
Planet 51 – This could be a fairly amusing CGI film. The animation looks nice, but this has few voices, and no real clue as to how funny it will be. I am still unsure, but it might be good, and it might not. Trailer Rating = 6.5/10.0
The Men Who Stare at Goats – This looks hilarious, and with this cast, and the comedic tone, it reminds me of a Coens picture. Plus, any trailer that uses Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” is instantly awesome. I can’t wait for this. Trailer Rating = 10.0/10.0
Up in the Air – The new film from Director Jason Reitman has a very memorable trailer with George Clooney speaking over highlights of the film. The cast looks terrific, and the storyline is still just mysterious enough. Reitman’s previous 2 efforts were in my top 10’s for their years, so I’m looking forward to this. Trailer Rating = 9.0/10.0
Old Dogs – John Travolta and Robin Williams lead an all-star cast in a comedy from the director of Wild Hogs. This will make a lot of money. I think it looks dumb and over the top, but it might be worth a laugh or two. Trailer Rating = 4.0/10.0
Me and Orson Welles – Roger Ebert has a notable quote in this teaser, but the trailer still leaves much of the premise a mystery, and with Efron as the lead, that can be a problem. The story concerns theater. Still, Richard Linklater is directing, and I love Claire Danes, so I am intrigued enough to see this. Trailer Rating = 6.5/10.0
The Fourth Kind – Now, this is a creepy trailer, especially for those who remember that alien abduction segment from Unsolved Mysteries. This is similar, and the mixing of archive footage and fiction is genius. I will be watching this one for sure. Trailer Rating = 8.5/10.0
The Blind Side – This trailer tugs at your heart strings, and Bullock looks to be trying in her performance for once. This could be a surprise hit, although Bullock’s accent might get old. The trailer gives a bit too much away though. Trailer Rating = 7.0/10.0
Broken Embraces – The new drama from Pedro Almodovar. It looks appropriately strange, but that’s not unusually for him. Penelope Cruz looks good as always, but I am not as fond of Pedro as others. Still, I’m sure I’ll see this. Trailer Rating = 6.5/10.0
Nine – The new musical from Rob Marshall (Chicago) looks to be infused with Fellini-esque qualities, which is a good thing. The cast certainly qualifies for the all-star label, and story looks entertaining, so I’m there. This should be fantastic. I mean come on, Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis are just the tip of the iceberg. This is one of my most anticipated for 2009. Trailer Rating = 9.0/10.0
The Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day – At long last it is finally here. Troy Duffy returns with his sophomore effort as a filmmaker. This looks bad a$$, and I can’t wait. I hope it delivers the goods. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
December, TBD, and Beyond Releases
Tron: Legacy – Gimme a hell yeah! I can’t wait for this. I loved the original, and after seeing Jeff Bridges act like a bad a$$, I am so there. I hope the CGI is as outstanding as it looks. Trailer Rating = 9.0/10.0
Sherlock Holmes – Guy Ritchie is sending mixed signals with this one. I am anxious to see it, but this trailer shows an action film, and call me old fashioned, but I kind of prefer the mystery to outweigh the action. However, Rachel McAdams looks damn sexy and Kurrgan is involved, so those are both positive points. Trailer Rating = 6.5/10.0
Alice in Wonderland – This trailer pushes Depp as the star, but his character is not in the story for very long. Oh well, it looks pretty good, but Burton needs to lay off the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory bright colors. Still, I love the Disney film, and if this is weirder, I’m game. Trailer Rating = 7.5/10.0
The White Ribbon – This is one of my most anticipated fall releases. Haneke’s films are all memorable film experiences, and this should continue that trend. It is also in black white, which I dig. I have tickets for this already as well. It should be terrific. Trailer Rating = 9.0/10.0
My Son My Son, What Have Ye Done – David Lynch presents a Werner Herzog film. The two of them together is a film biffs fantasy for sure. And the cast includes Michael Shannon and Willem Dafoe. Dafoe has a big fall season. The plot looks average by the trailer, but because of who is directing, I will definitely be seeing it. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
The Book of Eli – An action flick starring Denzel Washington with a machete and Gary Oldman as the villain (I assume). Who says good ideas are dead? This is from the Hughes Brothers, a very underrated directing team. This movie looks very tubular. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
It’s Complicated – This is one of Meryl Streep’s paycheck roles, kind of like Prime. This looks like it could be humorous, but it will probably be tailored for older folks. Steve Martin seems to have landed a nice role. Trailer Rating = 6.0/10.0
The Lovely Bones – This is my most anticipated film of the year, and it looks great, although the trailer does have some melodramatic acting, but still, the cast is terrific, and the special effects look magnificent. I really hope this turns out well. Trailer Rating = 9.0/10.0
Dorian Gray – Excuse me while I laugh at the ridiculousness of this trailer. You have a British costume drama laced, complete with pretentious acting, laced with horror? They even have a line that says “If I tell you, I’d have to kill you.” Pass. Trailer Rating = 4.0/10.0
Hot Tub Time Machine – I have to admit, this looks as hysterical as it does stupid. This is the red band trailer, which makes it look ten times better than any lame regular one. John Cusack should do more comedies like this. I’m game. Trailer Rating = 7.5/10.0
Avatar – Well, I wasn’t knocked off my seat or anything, but the film certainly looks entertaining, the effects look great, and the story is intriguing. The only thing that threw me was the appearance of the aliens, which looks weird, but otherwise I’m still excited for this. Trailer Rating = 8.0/10.0
Ong Bak 2 – This trailer begins with the “Magnet” logo, letting all viewers recall that it is the same company who messed up the Let the Right One In subtitles. Anyway, Tony Jaa stars in this prequel, but I need to see the first one yet, so until I do, I’ll tell you my interest for this is about average. I hated Jaa’s The Protector. Looks like this involves elephants too. Trailer Rating = 6.0/10.0
The Wolfman – It reminds me of the Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein remakes, which is fine I guess. Benicio should be awesome, Hopkins is Hopkins, and the rest is average to me. It could go either way, but I’ll see it for sure. Trailer Rating = 7.0/10.0
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"PRISON BREAK: THE FINAL SEASON" DVD Review by Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures: Season Four | www.7mpictures.com | English
"PRISON BREAK: THE FINAL SEASON"
by Kevin Carr
MOVIE: **** (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)
Dominic Purcell as LINCOLN BURROWS
Wentworth Miller as MICHAEL SCOFIELD
Sarah Wayne Callies as SARA TANCREDI
Robert Knepper as T-BAG
Jodi Lyn O?Keefe as SUSAN B. ANTHONY
William Fichtner as ALEXANDER MAHONE Not Rated
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WHAT IT?S ABOUT
The popular FOX drama wraps up in a fourth and final season following escaped cons on the run. Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) are brought together once again to combat the Company. This time, their talents are enlisted to steal a data device known as Scylla, which holds the secrets of the Company?s assets. Michael and Lincoln join forces with unlikely candidates like former agent Mahone (William Fichtner) and their old nemeses T-Bag (Robert Knepper) and Gretchen Morgan (Jodi Lyn O?Keefe) to take down the Company.
WHAT I LIKED
Over the years, I?ve only seen bits and pieces of ?Prison Break,? and any time I?ve seen an episode, I have recognized that it is a finely crafted show. Like some of my favorite series ? including ?24? and ?Lost? ? ?Prison Break? follows a week-to-week serial story, which makes it even more exciting to watch at home on DVD.
This season takes a more high-tech spin, leaving behind the walls of the prisons that we?ve seen in previous years. Now, the rag-tag team of cops and robbers act more like something from ?Mission: Impossible? or ?Alias.? Instead of just showing the characters on the run, we get to see them use wits and technology to pull of heists and MacGyver solutions to various problems.
There is an intensity behind the series that makes it difficult to stop watching. And, with this being the final season, the story is wrapped up somewhat nicely in the end. We?ve seen many of these plot lines before, in series like the aforementioned ?24? and ?Alias,? but that doesn?t stop them from being good devices.
The acting is good in this series, but the real stand-out performances come from Robert Knepper as the notorious T-Bag, who has several chances at redemption in this final season. (Of course, if you?ve been with the character from the beginning, you won?t want to see him redeemed.) William Fichtner as Mahone gives an extremely compelling performance as a former lawman who has lost everything and is now out for revenge. And finally, Jodi Lyn O?Keefe may not be the best actor on television, she is undeniably hot as the Company?s rogue asset Gretchen Morgan.
WHAT I DIDN?T LIKE
While I do like most of the characters in the series, I got tired of Sarah Wayne Callies as Sara Tancredi. Sure, she?s Michael Scofield?s big love interest, but she?s a really whiney girl. I suppose that she?s necessary for a certain degree of sex appeal and emotion in the story, but I would have rather seen something better developed with Jodi Lyn O?Keefe on that angle. I just got tired of her whining about being an addict, whining about losing her medical license and whining about not killing people who really needed to be killed.
Also, as awesome as it is to experience an entire season in one DVD set, like ?24,? the series gets a little unbelievable if you don?t have a week to decompress from episode to episode.
The six-disc set includes all 22 episodes of the series with audio commentaries on select episodes, usually one or two per disc.
Two featurettes examine the background of the series. The first, ?The Plan, The Execution and The Bullet? provide a fly-on-the-wall look at three different scenes from the season. ?Fade Out: The Final Episode? takes a look at the making of the series finale.
There?s also a spotlight on executive producer and director Kevin Hooks called ?Director?s World.?
And, to seed the interest for the direct-to-DVD movie ?Prison Break: The Final Break,? there?s a nice insert card letting fans know that a little more ?Prison Break? will be coming their way in the next few months.
WHO?S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Fans for action-oriented television serials.
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7M Pictures | ‘Prison Break: Season Three’ DVD Review
Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures - Season 3 | www.7mpictures.com | English
PRISON BREAK: SEASON THREE
MOVIE: **1/2 (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ** (out of 5)
Dominic Purcell as LINCOLN BURROWS
Wentworth Miller as MICHAEL SCOFIELD
Sarah Wayne Callies as DR. SARA TANCREDI
Robert Knepper as T-BAG
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe as SUSAN B. ANTHONY
William Fichtner as ALEXANDER MAHONE
BY KEVIN CARR
About a year ago, my review of the second season of “Prison Break” was very lackluster. That is because I was sent only the final disc in the three-disc set. Apparently, FOX is trying to save a dime by not burning the entire season to DVD for reviewers… that, or they are hoping I start to tune into the show when it is broadcast during the regular season.Well, since I’m not a television reviewer, but rather a DVD reviewer (and a film reviewer), I haven’t taken the time to put “Prison Break” on my DVR. Maybe I will for season four… but I wouldn’t count on it.
The season three finale is the only episode I’ve seen, and like the previous season, it almost makes no sense watching it as a stand-alone show. This is too bad because like the season two finale, it definitely had the flavor of a well-made show with plenty of action. Storylines seemed to be wrapped up, villains seemed to be double-crossed and favorite characters managed to survive.
Of course, to the fan of the show, it’s probably awesome.
When it comes to the special features, they seem to be back-loaded into the last disc. They include a spotlight on the Spanish-speaking cast, a break-down of an episode’s production, director spotlights on different takes and between-the-scenes moments with the cast. There’s also a bonus episode of “The Unit” for some cross-pollination of shows.
Like season two, I wish I had seen the series instead of the DVD, ‘cause it looks like a pretty good show.
7M Pictures | ‘Prison Break: Season Two’ DVD Review
Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures - Season 2 | www.7mpictures.com | English
PRISON BREAK: SEASON TWO
DVD EXPERIENCE: *** (out of 5)
Wentworth Miller as MICHAEL SCOFIELD
Dominic Purcell as LINCOLN BURROWS
BY KEVIN CARR
Not having watched the television show “Prison Break,” I was a bit confused with Season Two, particularly because I was only sent the final disc in the set. This included the last two episodes of the season and some special features.As much as I could piece together what preceded these final two episodes, I can see the show is a solid, tense drama. However, I can’t say how well things were wrapped up. Leaving things open to a third season, “Prison Break” put an end to some storylines and answered some questions with plenty of loose ends.
The special features include two interesting documentaries. One examines how the show was reinvented from a break-out show in season one to an on-the-run show in season two. The other documentary shows how the production city of Dallas served as the backdrop for the entire country and beyond. There’s also a spotlight remix on the “Prison Break” musical theme.