THE PLOT THUS FAR
A young criminal defense attorney struggles with a homicide case that is not as cut-and-dried as it appears once the mob gets involved, and he quickly realizes that to keep himself and his client alive, he must work outside of the law.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Throwdown” is a film about human trafficking. Unfortunately, the attorney covering the case is also a drunk. But, there’s a homicide involved and the mafia are getting involved with the dealings. Now, the alcoholic attorney has to start working outside of the law. What happens when things stop being polite and start getting real? Yeah, I just went Real World on your ass. It was nice seeing that Mischa Barton is still getting work, however she’s just a damsel in the movie. Give her a few Legal Eagle lines, but never anything major.
Vinnie Jones and Danny Trejo are some of my favorite cult actors. That being said, they’re playing the typical heavy roles in a movie that doesn’t go anywhere. There seems like there’s a push to make this into a Cannon Films era vigilante movie, but it never hangs together. The interesting angle regarding the mob trying to setup the attorney to their bidding is interesting, but that gets chucked out the window once it turns into a good man vs. a bunch of bad men. I don’t know what to fault for that, as it is the only logical follow-through for the story. Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out what would work best for a narrative.
The DVD comes with a featurette and trailer gallery as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par with a standard definition presentation. The standard definition transfer works for what it is. The Dolby 5.1 track is supportive enough. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 10/14/2014