Journey to the End of the Night DVD: Review By Adam Frazier

It only lasts 98 minutes
  • OVERALL
    2.5
    WORTHY
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
It only lasts 98 minutes
THE BAD
It does, in fact, last 98 minutes.
THE FEATURE
One of the most dangerous cities in the world is S&#227o Paulo, Brazil. It's in the city's underworld of sex, drugs, money, and corruption that a father and son plan to finally escape this vicious and dangerous underworld. Journey to The End of The Night is Eric Eason's gritty sophomore feature, and stars Brendan Fraser, Scott Glenn, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Mos Def.

The plot is full of holes, disjointed, and had no twists of any note. It's just dumb at times - for example: a group of thieves seek out Mos Def's character, knock him out, and then ignore the backpack laying next to him and run off without it. And he lays there in what appears to be a high crime district for quite some time and nobody chances by to see what might be in the backpack.

You also have to suspend disbelief and believe a gang decides who they deal with based on which Nigerian dialect they speak. Wait, let me get this straight - I can make a million dollars doing a drug deal with you but only if you speak a specific language from my home country?

There's nothing memorable about this film. It's disappointing - you would think with a good blend of American and Brazilian talent, the film would at least have been average or slightly above - but you would be wrong.
THE EXTRAS
The DVD of Journey To the End of the Night shares the simplicity and blandness of its film with its special features. All this DVD provides is one measly making-of featurette and your standard set of theatrical and DVD previews.
THE VIDEO
It looks like a worthless waste of your time and money. If we're talking technical - the film is provided in 16 x 9, with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio.
THE AUDIO
Journey to the End of the Night comes in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound and offers closed captioning and Spanish subtitles.
THE PACKAGE
This DVD comes in a pretty standard, generic keepcase with cover art featuring Mos Def and Brendan Fraser
THE FINAL WORD
Pick this up at the rental store if you're desperate for a bad Brendan Fraser movie - but then again, couldn't you just rent any movie he's in?

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