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DVD review: “Stand Off” may just get the blow off

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DVD review: “Stand Off”

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Studio Synopsis: In a misguided attempt to protect his family and pay back gambling debts to the local Mobster, Jimbo robs a fish market, which is coincidentally owned by the same Mobster. On the run, Jimbo is cornered in a local curio shop, where he takes hostage an assortment of colorful characters, including Maguire, who may be his illegitimate father. Surrounded by the Police, the SAS, and the Mobster's crew, the young man must find a way out of his precarious predicament with the help of his oddball captives.

Studio: Ketchup Entertainment
Running Time: 89 minutes
Rating: R
Number of Disks: 1

Special Features:
- NONE

With mashed up characters and a mobbed up story-line, “Stand Off” – or what some might remember by its theatrical and somewhat more genre descriptive title “Whole Lotta Sole,” which is an apparent wink at the many dealings that take place in the film’s local fish market – may catch a few nibbles from those looking for stark and dark comedy.

But while the title boasts the big names of Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney, and, to some extent, Martin McCann – who’s best known work had him playing ‘Phaedrus’ in 2010’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ – the film looses much of its momentum with predictable dealings and a confused and convenient plot dynamic.

The performances are strong, but what isn’t are the ties that bind, leaving characters to chase their proverbial tails with no clear direction. And while there is indeed something to be said for the plot that rocks and rabble-rouses its players; when said plot works that is, when it doesn't work all that’s left is a mediocre menagerie of mild amusement.

It’s all too easy to see exactly where director Terry George was headed, with glimmers of the dark comedy ‘In Bruges’ shining through, but the film ends up smelling more of fish than fun. Unfortunately there is no extras menu to speak of for this release, which isn't uncommon with a title of this size, but with comedy films you know there are almost always outtakes.

So with a more than capable cast, but a conveyance that seems half-ass…essed, “Stand Off” might just get the blow-off by most.

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Additional Resources:
Central Cast: Brendan Fraser | Colm Meaney | Martin McCann | Yaya Alafia | David O'Hara
Director: Terry George
Central Writers: Thomas Gallagher | Terry George
Theatrical Release: January 17, 2013 (New Zealand)
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: March 26, 2013
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE

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