THE PLOT THUS FAR
Troubled detective Robbie Green (Jonathan LaPaglia) discovers a mysterious video while investigating the roadside execution-style murder of his partner, Jason (Luke Hemsworth). The footage, shot by two teenagers, reveals murky details behind the death of a sibling in an unsolved hit and run case. The teens have since gone missing, and as the detective retraces their journey to find them, he quickly uncovers a bloody trail of murder…that leads all the way back to him!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Reckoning” plays with found footage as the lead into a murder. The lesser LaPaglia wants to know who killed Luke Hemsworth and things are about to get real! It turns out that it’s druggies that might have done in his partner. But, there’s talk from a crazy woman about Biblical Retribution! Why did I have an easier time following “The Rover” than this mess?
There comes a time when generic cop driven crime movies get old. That’s why I’m glad to find freaking weird foreign fare that traipses into American tastes. The push to carve out an identity in a crowded market can often lead to interesting choices and I appreciate the oddity of every idea. What’s great about a weird investigation is when the fingers get pointed back at the instigator. Poor Jonathan LaPaglia plays the role at eleven and everything surprises him. I find myself laughing my ass off at every turn, but I don’t think that was on purpose. You’ve got to enjoy the weird moments like this, so I’ll take what I can get.
The DVD comes with interviews, red band trailer, image gallery and a featurette as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong enough. The transfer shows enough contrast for standard definition. The Dolby 5.1 track is supportive enough. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 10/28/2014