Mary (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Michael Goi
Starring: Gary Oldman, Jennifer Esposito, Emily Mortimer
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM RLJ Entertainment
David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.
Gary Oldman seems to be a bit more open to what he wants to do these days as he finds himself in a weird little number here about a floating boat. Only this boat has a backstory that deals with witches being separated from their children and all that jazz. Honestly, it probably won’t be considered that great of a movie by most but I found myself at least invested in how it was going to end and that comes in the most part to Gary Oldman. The movie is probably only as watchable as it is because of Gary Oldman and without him I’m not sure what we’d be dealing with. Probably nothing much to write home about.
None the less the boat in question is acquired by Gary Oldman’s character. He then takes his family out on it and that is where to drama and the thrills begin. It is pretty by the numbers after that happens, but I will at least admit the concept is a bit of a different one and one I don’t recall having seen before. So the main actor and the creative side of things in at least having a different type of plot is something I would praise, but nothing else about this one ever fully clicks and it can become a bit of a downer when it at least feels like its beginning to build to something better than it actually does. It looks good in HD, Gary Oldman is always a joy, but this one was just sorta “there” when all was said and done.
– The Making of Mary – Featurette
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%