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POUND OF FLESH
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: 

Starring:
Malcolm Mcdowell
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Angus McFadyen

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Malcolm McDowell headlines this cast as professor Noah Melville. He whores out his hot, young students and gives them scholarships. Of course, one of them dies and a detective is on the case.
Is it good movie?
This is one stupid, stinkin' pile of crap. Yeah, sorry to be so harsh but this movie really, really sucks. It's hokey (and at the same time somehow takes itself too seriously), and seems to exist solely to linger on hot young women (not that I mind that sort of thing, y'know).

Let me get to the only selling point of the movie: girls show off some skin. That's about it.

First of all, there's something really wrong with the way this film looks. It seems to switch its style constantly. You get moments of high contrast, you get hideous scenes that are tinted in odd colors, and whenever you see one of the hot girls, they're filmed in this pseudo-documentary style that is simply jarring. This is but one thing that left me scratching my head. I feel like this movie would have been better off as a sort of social commentary, if they wouldn't have been so keen on having the lame murder aspect tacked on.

On top of this, the movie tries to set itself up as this nasty, dirty forbidden sort of story and about halfway through, the tone changes to a bizarre sort of Hallmark TV-movie.

Angus MacFadyen has an absolutely laughable turn as the detective in this story. He's downright goofy and totally unbelievable. He tries hard to be tortured, but the guy overacts beyond belief. On top of this, he's a little unfair to Professor Melville and seems to be simply out to get him. Timothy Bottoms (yeah, I'm as surprised as you) even shows up as the equally lame Dean of the college and chews the scenery just as badly.

Even genre favorite McDowell struggles here, as if he has no idea how to play the professor. He goes from quiet and helpful to manic and insane at the drop of a hat. It ain't pretty. I mean, he's trying..but that isn't enough.

The actors are not really at fault here , because this is one movie that is poorly written (and directed). You cannot get behind any of these characters because they're all so erratic, and the dialogue is simply awful. What kind of movie is this? Is it a cool movie for teenagers, or is it a lame episode of CSI?
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.78:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and is inconsistent to say the least. It gets grainy and ugly at points.

Audio is presented in DTS HD 5.1 and is pretty unbalanced too, and will likely have you changing the volume level as you go along.
The Extras
If you love making of EPKs, you get one here. Can you imagine how good it would be to hear the actors and crew talking about how great this is? Well, it happens. It's as bad as you expect.

Mcdowell himself appears in a brief interview, talking about his friendship with director Tamar Hoffs (the father of one of the Bangles) and how he got into the flick.

Director Hoffs introduces some brief outtakes and some deleted scenes (packed with extra sexy stuff if you're interested) that add a bit more meat to the proceedings.
Finally, a trailer.

Last Call
I'll never watch this movie again. If they make a sequel to Pound of Flesh, they could call it Pile of Sh*t. Sorry to be so crude, but this is a waste of McDowell and a chore to get through. Watch only at your own peril.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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