'Sinners & Saints'
(Sean Patrick Flanery, Tom Berenger, Costas Mandylor, Johnny Strong, Method Man, et al / DVD / R / (2010) 2012 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Johnny Strong ('BLACK HAWK DOWN') stars as New Orleans Police Detective Sean Riley, a tough cop mourning the death of his young son while investigating a series of brutal torture murders. But when a clue leads Riley to a troubled army buddy (Sean Patrick Flanery of 'THE BOONDOCK SAINTS'), he'll uncover a shocking military conspiracy that triggers a war between local gangs and an international team of mercenaries.
DVD Verdict: 'Sinners and Saints' is an action thriller that takes place in a post-Katrina New Orleans. As leader of an elite street crimes task force squad, Detective Sean Reilly (Johnny Strong) is trying to cope with the death of his young son and the abandonment of his wife. When a routine warrant service results in an ambush and the vicious murder of his partner, this might be the last straw for Sean. Reassigned by his mentor, Capt. Trahan (Tom Berenger), Sean and Det. Will Ganz (Kevin Phillips) investigate a baffling gangland homicide.
As the clues pile up, 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 the horrible case. The two quickly realize there is something far more sinister going on than either could ever have imagined.
Though director William Kaufman incorporates many familiar elements into this cop thriller, he manages to transcend mere cliche and has crafted an exciting picture. Location filming on the ravaged streets of New Orleans give the movie a gritty tone. Be warned: many scenes in this strong R-rated feature are graphically violent. Blu-ray special features include a behind-the-scenes making-of featurette and deleted scenes. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.