'Urge' [Blu-ray + Digital HD]
(Pierce Brosnan, Justin Chatwin, Ashley Greene, Alexis Knapp, Danny Masterson, Chris Geere, et al / Blu ray+Digital HD / R / 2016 / LGF)
Overview: A weekend getaway takes a dangerous turn when a mysterious nightclub owner (Pierce Brosnan) introduces a group of friends to a new designer drug. Stripped of their inhibitions, they start living out their wildest fantasies - but what starts out as a fun night of partying quickly turns deadly, as the island paradise deteriorates into a tropical madhouse.
Blu ray Verdict: The story description says " ... what starts out as a fun night of partying quickly turns deadly." Now that's has got to be a fantastic start for a thriller/horror. Indeed, it is all building up nicely till the half way point where the wonder drug is beginning to make party goers do funny things - like killing a few fellow human beings.
But that's where my problem begins. I am still trying to work out why the story starts to fizzle out from this point on, instead of taking it to its climate. I sense that what the story - which is also from the producers of films like 'Crank' and 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' - needs is a sense of intensity of horror that pins you to the edge of the seat when the drug begins to play tricks.
The horror section is just too routine and uneventful. So the film starts well enough, on a high, if you will, and allows the plot to breathe and expand nicely. But then it all gradually degenerates and completely fails to intensify anything that went before it. Perhaps I expect too much from movies these days, from Brosnan as a whole, but that said, 'Urge' isn't a bad movie - just one that seemed to lose all sense of direction and effort about halfway through.
Lastly, if you are a religious person, 'Urge' also show parallels to religion from the Christian faith. Throughout the film. How in the beginning of life two unsuspecting humans are given a choice like Adam and Eve. Can only have the apple once. Nailed it. The end of the movie also shows the end of life. We're given a choice come help rebuild the earth with the person who destroyed it, kind of thing. All very deep, whether intentional or not. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special feature of:
Behind the Scenes with Cast/Crew Interviews