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COLUMBUS DAY: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Jon (Val Kilmer) has just pulled off the biggest heist of his life and is racing to get rid of the merchandise before he leaves for Florida to retire. The plans get mixed up when he meets a young boy (Bobb'e J. Thompson) in a downtown park who helps him to realise the important things he needs to change his life. Before he can do that, he must unload the mysterious briefcase to the same gangster he stole it from without getting killed. The quick-witted Jon comes up with a plan and enlists the help of a friend to safely unload the merchandise. He's in a race against the clock to stay alive and make all the money he'd ever need for the rest of his life all in one afternoon. If he succeeds he can finally rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife (Marg Helgenberger) and become the father he's always wanted to be.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Strange but compelling, with Val Kilmer in top form, this oblique and slightly garbled story holds our interest with a combination of its elements. The father, exwife, daughter triangle sits squarely on top of the crime caper bits, which are probably the least successful. The fractured story telling, giving us time shifts where clarity would have been desirable, is even more confounding since we never learn what what stolen at such great risk. Whatever is in the briefcase is very valuable - no more so than a part of the story we should know.

However, the ambition of the filmmakers seems to be to tell a morality tale in which the father who left his wife and daughter recognises the error of his ways and returns to try and glue the family together again. But the problem for us is that this redemptive act seems to have been triggered by this huge heist - of which we know very little.

Much of the action is set in a public park under sunny skies, and the relationship developed between Jon and black youngster, Antoine (Bobb'e J. Thompson) seems contrived - yet crucial to the message.

Ambitious but flawed, Columbus Day is often engaging - and equally often frustrating.

Published May 28, 2009

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COLUMBUS DAY: DVD (MA)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Val Kilmer, Marg Helgenberger, Wilmer Valderrama, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Richard Edson, Jack McGee, Ashley Johnson, Lobo Sebastian, Ivana Milicevic, Michael Muhney, Mark Kelly

PRODUCER: Val Kilmer, Dana Brunetti, Kevin Spacey, Fred Roos,

DIRECTOR: Charles Burmeister

SCRIPT: Charles Burmeister

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Julio Macat

EDITOR: Jake Pushinski

MUSIC: Michael A. Levine

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Linda Burton

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD

SPECIAL FEATURES: [also available on Blu-ray]

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Eagle Ent

DVD RELEASE: May 28, 2009







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