'Semper Fi' [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital]
(Leighton Meester, Jai Courtney, Nat Wolff, Arturo Castro, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / R / 2019 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: A police officer who serves in the Marine Corps Reserves is faced with an ethical dilemma when it comes to helping his brother in prison.
Blu-ray Verdict: Interestingly enough, and just before I was due to watch and review this movie, I was informed that when the project was announced (long title: Semper Fi: Edge Of Dawn'), Sam Claflin was cast in the lead role. He later dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Jai Courtney.
Having now watched it, all I can see in this lead role is Courtney, which proves how seamless of an actor he truly is.
Having been mysteriously panned by a lot of my fellow "journalists," I actually found 'Semper Fi' to be a rather sincere, and at times beautiful film about the strength between a brotherhood of friends and the lengths these characters take to help one of their own in need.
Regardless of the risks and dangers they put their own lives in, watching it all unfold, sitting on the edge of your seat as each character mulls over the pro's and con's of a decision they are about to make, part of you instantly becomes invested in them; always wanting things to turn out right for everyone concerned.
You just can't help but feel emotionally connected to the characters and the troubles they face together. For me that's the sign of an incredible, well balanced and terrifically enthralling movie, of which 'Semper Fi' most assuredly is.
I mean, the film is worth a watch alone just to remind us of our very own brotherhood within our own circle of friends and family. Maybe it might even make us reflect on how lucky we are to have a similar bond (whatever that may be) in our own lives.
As for the inner workings of the actual film, well, Leighton Meester is always good; Finn Wittock shines; and Jai Courtney plays the hard marine brother to absolute perfection.
In closing, the film delivers fast pace action followed by solid drama plots. The actors are convincing throughout, the built upon scenarios are clever and involved, and the directing is top notch. What more could you ask for from a movie of this genre and obvious low end budget? I loved this movie and HIGHLY recommend it. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Featurette: Loyalty and Brotherhood: Making Semper Fi
Featurette: A Battle of Honor: Where Devotion Lies
Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Henry-Alex Rubin
Take home 'Semper Fi' and immerse yourself in its action-packed world with two making-of featurettes and an audio commentary with writer-director Henry-Alex Rubin.
The 'Semper Fi' Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99, and $19.98, respectively.
Official 'Semper Fi' Trailer
'Semper Fi' Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Amazon Purchase Link
Official 'Semper Fi' Website