(Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll, et al / Blu ray / R / 2011 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Nikki Reed (The TWILIGHT Saga), Deborah Ann Woll (''True Blood'') and Academy AwardŽ winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) star in the tough, sexy story of three hit women sent to rural Louisiana to intercept a big money dope deal.
Blu ray Verdict: The title "Catch .44" (a clever play on the phrase Catch 22, i.e. as in a double catch 22 as well as a .44 caliber bullet) may well be a direct-to-DVD movie, but it's definitely well worth your viewing time, trust me!
That said, sure the movie really isn't that clever, but pretends to be, at least! I was confused by the beginning. The film opens with Bruce Willis (Mel) talking to an unseen person who he has worked with for seven years but doesn't trust...cue credits. The music is Mexican-Cowboy grindhouse stuff during the credits. We see Tes driving. Then we see three women in a diner, they are talking about living in a man's world, the apparent theme of the film, when they attempt to rob the place and one of them gets shot.
More credits ... with the music being Sweet's 'Fox on the Run.' For the most part we have now just ventured into some kind of Pulp Fiction diner scene flashback scenario. The names on the girls flash on the screen by their face, which has come to be the rule rather than the exception in modern action films.
Tes, the leader of the group, works at an exotic dance bar. They work for a drug dealer named Mel. The whole diner scene we saw earlier is about a drug deal. While there are cell phones, Mel talks on a red rotary dial phone to Tes in a remote phone booth, apparently something that still exists in Louisiana.
While the girls are driving to the restaurant, there is some subplot action that is going on that appears unrelated.
The movie swaps back and forth between the restaurant shoot-out action and various flashbacks leading up to the scene. The film is supposed to be a Tarantino style grindhouse, but doesn't really work that well as the characters aren't that great. There is no clever grindhouse dialogue.
The flashback scenes don't work that well. Forest Whitaker uses different accents during the movie which doesn't appear to be by design! But, and with all that said, take a seat and have some eye candy fun! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.