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Ghost Canyon

(Eric Roberts, Oleg Taktarov, Jack Topalian, et al / DVD / NR / 2014 / Inception Media Group)

Overview: Vaz, an ex-mobster turned businessman (Jack Topalian) is pulled back into his violent, past life, when his eldest son Michael is accused of killing his girlfriend's husband, a powerful Russian gangster. Now, Vaz is forced to use his power and influence to save his son from the inevitable revenge.

DVD Verdict: Believe it or not, this is star Jack Topalian's very first movie and I have to say that he did rather a great job. His portraying of the struggles and the dark life of the Mafia, the sacrifices that are made, the value and the trust of the Family, and all the supposed loyalty and honor that goes alongside hand-in-hand is a joy to behold.

That said, 'Betrayal' as a cohesive movie is a mess, sorry! I couldn't keep up with it, the characters were thin, and the storyline alongside the script was simply horrible. Sure, as noted above, Topalian is great in his first role, but Eric Roberts should have known better - and probably did!

The amount of time and effort, let alone money used to put out such a poor movie is startling to me, in this day and age. I mean, come on now, we all know how hard it is to make a film from concept to final print, but this movie never even attempted to move past high school film class! In closing, watch with friends on a wet Sunday afternoon for laughs aplenty, although they were never meant to be there, of course. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.