THE PLOT THUS FAR
Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley stars as a seemingly average citizen who plants five powerful bombs in different locations around a major city and threatens to detonate them unless his unconditional demand is met: The simultaneous release of four of the most deadly international terrorists from government prisons. His tactics are merciless. The risks are unthinkable. The manhunt has begun. But in an urban jungle already torn apart by fear, what could be the real motive behind a cunning madman’s ultimate plan? Ben Cross co-stars in this explosive action-thriller about duty, justice and the unexpected vengeance of A COMMON MAN.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
A Common Man follows a terrorist who plants several bombs around the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka and threatens to detonate them unless prisoners are released. This is one of those movies that initially looks fairly low budget and could have easily fallen into obscurity if not for the star power of Ben Kingsley. The film opens leaving little mystery to what is happening and what Kingsley’s character is up to or so you think. Thanks to some clever writing and another great performance by Kingsley this film takes an interesting and unexpected turn to create a film that is much better than it would have been.
Kingsley is completely wasted here. He is one of the great actors of our times, and is vastly underrated for some reason. He gets cast in movies that are forgettable, like this one and “The Wackness”. Even when he shines, it is hard to appreciate the talent when he is surrounded by rubbish.
The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is strong with a supportive transfer and a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track doesn’t get much back channel action outside of the few major crowd scenes. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
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