Friday, 15 June 2012

DVD review: Sinners and Saints (2010)

New Orleans, post-Katrina. As the leader of an elite "Street Crimes" task force squad, New Orleans Detective Sean Reilly (Johnny Strong) is trying to cope with the death of his young son and the abandonment of his wife. But when a routine warrant "serve" results in an ambush and the vicious murder of his partner, this may be the last straw that finally sends Sean over the edge. Re-assigned by his mentor Captain Trahan (Tom Berenger), Sean and Det. Will Ganz (Kevin Phillips) investigate a baffling gangland homicide. As the clues stack up on the case, Sean and Will realize that Colin (Sean Patrick Flanery), one of Sean's childhood friends, and a security contractor just back from the Middle East, seems to be at the center of their horrible case. The two quickly realize there is something far more sinister going on than either could have ever imagined. As usual I don't want to spoil anything so I´ll keep the plot details to a minimum. Sinners and Saints is written Jay Moses and William Kaufman who also is the director. The acting is decent. The film is very well shot and edited and the soundtrack is good. Sinners and Saints doesn´t win any points for being original, this is a throwback to the old-school action cinema of the 80s and if you´re a fan of the genre you´ll recognize several things. Let´s just say that Lethal Weapon seems to be a big inspiration but this is devoid of the comic relief and instead gives us a ton of intense and hardhitting action. The action, especially the shootout scenes are top-notch, graphic, brutal and downright  fantastic. They are very well choreographed and the characters actually look like they know what they are doing. And we get guns and no freakin airsoft toys. There is gore in the form of juicy squibs (both practical and computer gendered) as people get shot but also when we get to see the vicims of some really nasty/sadistic torture, the gore make-up fx in those scenes are excellent. There is no T & A in this film.
This review is based upon the swedish region 2 DVD release from Cinematic Vision.
Rating: 7 out of 7. I loved Sinners and Saints, this my kind of actionflick.The action scenes are among the best stuff I've seen in a long time, it´s brutal and bloody and no PG-13 action movie crap. It´s the best action movie I've seen in long time. Don´t miss this if you are a fan of action!


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