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Don't Say A Word
DVD disk
10.09.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Don't Say A Word order
Director:
Gary Fleder

Actors:
Michael Douglas
Brittany Murphy
Sean Bean

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A nasty-ass criminal (Bean) kidnaps the daughter of a skilled psychiatrist (Douglas) and holds her for ransom in exchange for a secret number. Unfortunately, that number is buried deep within the mind of a girl (Murphy) who's got more issues than he can count, and the doctor man finds himself racing against the clock in order to save his daughter's life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Despite some flaws, this movie is still pretty entertaining. The plot, although riddled with more holes than a Mexican's liver is pretty stomachable due to its interesting premise. Add in a fantastic performance by Brittany Murphy, some decent evil by Bean and a standard performance by Douglas and you would normally have a recipe for success. Unfortunately, this is somewhat wasted by a sub-par performance by Oliver Platt, some unrealistic kung-fu fighting by Douglas, some twists that are really complete U-turns and most of all, by some seriously horrific overacting by Jennifer Esposito, who makes an ass of herself in the useless role of a tough detective trying to solve some murder which somehow is supposed to add to the story. This lady is supposed to deliver criminals to justice, and yet she can't even deliver a line to a sappy guy like me.

Somehow though, despite all this, the flick managed to keep me interested. Murphy really blew me away and she was pretty much the only character whose fate I was interested in knowing the whole way through. She came off great as the troubled teen trying to block out some pretty bad memories. Douglas is also his usual self, although his character seems to need some psychiatric help himself, as he goes from frightened dad, to tough guy, to big wuss, back to tough guy, switches to gay guy and becomes tough guy again in the end. In the process, he breaks every law in the books, including assaulting an officer and still manages to get a smile from Esposito, who by that point, was probably surprised by the fact that no one had noticed that she acts about as well as my friend's Chihuahua when he pretends not to be the one who poohed on the carpet.

Overall, this is the kind of stuff I'd give an easy 2 stars to, but I really liked Murphy, and Sean Bean always comes through. You have to give some points to the premise as well, even though it was dumbed down to the level of the aforementioned Chihuahua, it still delivered a few thrills. Some other pretty decent folk make appearances too, although they're a bit wasted in roles that don't really show them enough. I speak obviously of the lovely Famke Janssen, who's only role in the movie is that of a lady whose long, luscious legs stick out from her bed sheets, and of Victor Argo, who is condemned to the role of foil to the shockingly bad Esposito.
THE EXTRAS
This DVD has one of the best extras packages I've seen. Enough to keep you happy, but not enough to make you nauseous and never want to hear from it again.

It all begins with a full-length commentary track from director Gary Fleder. He doesn't really break any big news but he seems like an amicable enough fellow, and he walks you through the movie while still letting you enjoy bits of it. Although I usually don't like listening to commentaries by one person, this isn't the kind of pretentious guy who'll annoy you after five minutes. He even mentions how he had to re-edit some parts of the release that showed footage of the World Trade Center (This may be a bit off topic, but I would like to mention that that bitch Osama can kiss my ass). You can also access scene specific commentaries, in which Douglas, Bean, Janssen, Murphy and Pratt each discuss two different scenes on their own.

The next feature is by far the best and one that would be nice on every DVD. It's called Cinema Master Class and basically walks you through the three major stages of film-making (pre-production, production, post-production) through 9 different little vignettes. Included are things like screen tests (Brittany Murphy's), a look at the dailies and some of the concept work for post production special effects. This was very interesting. The vignettes are all relevant and the insight into the actual process is pretty realistic. This definitely qualifies as a top notch extra and earns the DVD some valuable points. Unfortunately, it doesn't show you the part where they fire Jennifer Esposito's (great) ass!

Three deleted scenes are your next stop. Although they're all completed, they don't really add anything new to the mix. They're neither good, nor bad, they're just there. At least they only clock in at about a minute each, so it's not really a pain to watch. One great addition is the "Wall Street" trailer that appears on the DVD. You can never get enough "Wall Street".
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, this movie was still entertaining despite some major flaws. Unless you're an intense collector, I wouldn't really recommend buying this, although it would make a very decent rental. At just under two hours in length, it's not a difficult watch and will go down pretty smooth on a slow weeknight when you have a few hours to yourself.
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