Jacob (2011) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Larry Wade Carrell
Starring: Grace Powell, Dylan Horne, Krystn Caldwell
Rated: UR/Region: A/2:35/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Kino Lorber
Lonely and disturbed Jacob Kell loved his little sister more than anything on earth. When she is tragically murdered by her drunken step-father, Jacob retaliates the only way he knows how…and anyone who crosses his path will know there is no limit to his brutal vengeance.
Jacob is a very mixed bag of a film. There some very loud and colorful characters. We have some nice bloody moments at the core as well. Sadly, we also have some awkward moments that are made even more awkward in some bad makeup jobs, fake mustaches, and other things that get way more distracting than they should have been. The movie tells a pretty good story, but I think our director, writer, and lead actor (playing no less than two roles) perhaps wore too many hats and it shows.
The character of Jacob is our typical big lug that just has one person he will listen to, here it is in the form of his little sister. Jacob is our human equivalent to King Kong and when bad things happen to the few people he cares about he becomes unleashed. I just wish that when he goes on the war path that he didn’t come across like a poor man’s version of Michael Myers, the Rob Zombie version not the classic one. As for the transfer, it is a mixed bag as well. At times it looks really good and at other times it looks really bad. The blu-ray it self is like the exactly same in its up and downs as the film overall. I guess in that weird way it kind of works.
– Director and Cinematographer’s Commentary
– Cast Commentary
– Deleted/Extended Scenes
– Storyboard to Screen
– The Journey of Jacob: Featurette
– Interview at Montreal Comic Con
– Screen Test Feature