'2 Graves In The Desert'
(William Baldwin, Michael Madsen, Cassie Howarth, Iván González, et al / DVD / NR / 2020 / 4Digital Media)
Overview: When Eric wakes up, tied and gagged in the trunk of a truck, its instantly clear he's been kidnapped!
However soon he discovers he's accompanied by a young woman, Blake, another hostage. Neither can recall how they ended up in this dire situation, and together they desperately try and get any help they can.
With no helping coming, and as things become more and more hopeless, it soon becomes fearfully apparent that there is more going on than it first seems.
The two kidnappers have their own agenda, and its not a pleasant one.
Is there any way the hostages can escape alive?
DVD Verdict: Going into any movie knowing the two leads are the weather and career worn pairing of Billy Baldwin and Michael Madsen, you either have an accepting sense of what's to come or one of pure cinematic C-Movie dread!
So, yeah, it's true that the acting on display is chock full of cheese and that the way they both perform their character-driven lines is as corny as you could ever expect, but that all said, I don't think there's ever been a cinematic moment when Madsen has ever not given his soul to a role.
Here as Vince, one half of the kidnapping brothers, he turns in a tour de force of C-movie acting, chewing through his scenes perfectly, never stopping once to second guess how he's meant to be performing; he just inhabits.
Baldwin, on the other hand, as Mario, well, sorry, but he couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag! Whatever he's done to his face over the years has set his features in stone and almost closed his eyes tight shut, and none of that helps him develop his character.
Aside from those two, the other participants in this film are the captives, Blake (Cassie Howarth) and Eric (Iván González), whose roles (Hint!) should have more attention given to them then perhaps the kidnappers as the film progresses!
Chock full of plenty of violence and splayed with rude language throughout, one of the stand out moments here, for our day and age, has to be when one brother turns to another and tells him how the full orange moon looks like Trump! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.