'Fast Color' [Blu-ray + Digital]
(Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Strathairn, Lorraine Toussaint, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / PG-13 / 2019 / LGF)
Overview: Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered.
With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago.
There, while being pursued by the local sheriff (David Strathairn), she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter (Saniyya Sidney), and unearths the depths of the power within her.
Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, I would have been surprised NOT to see David Strathairn in this film as this unique story fits him just perfectly.
Although Julia Hart is inexperienced as a writer and director the same can not be said for Jordan Horowitz thus I was expecting a lot more than what was visually received.
The screenplay is pretty much half-baked and needed to stay in the oven a little bit longer. I'm sorry to say that there are many moments in 'Fast Color' that were just not thought out all the way, leaving the viewer bewildered as to how and when and why things come about within the film.
As for the plot, well, the production is like a soft version of 'X-Men'. During an 8 year drought, Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is 11 months sober and has seizures which cause tremors.
The Feds are after her so she returns home, a bit unwelcome by some, and we discover that her mom and daughter also have some lovely "gifts"!
The film becomes a drama of their life with a sci-fi fantasy background soon thereafter, which was ok, but seemed to then be telling a whole other story.
The ending was a complete disappointment - again, this is a screenplay that was not put to the test before going to production - and could have been constructed and played out so much more "believably," in my humble opinion.
But, playing Devil's Advocate, as every journalist should, I still managed to enjoy the 100 minutes on screen and for the most part all the acting was rather good.
Importantly, it made me ponder about, and appreciate family relationships within my own life, which is never a bad thing. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Julia Hart and Writer-Producer Jordan Horowitz
A Motherís Power: Making Fast Color
The 'Fast Color' Blu-ray and DVD arrives July 16th, 2019 and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Official 'Fast Color' Trailer