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DVD Review: Mobile

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Someone is blowing up mobile phone towers and shooting phone users in mid-conversation.

This type of synopsis sounds like it could either be a really hokey piece-of-crap B movie, or just be crazy and original enough to make a very dramatic thriller. Imagine my surprise when finding out that when it comes to the British thriller Mobile the latter was true.

The Show

All around England mobile phone towers are blowing up and crumbling to the ground. Random people talking on their phones in public are getting their brains blown out by a mysterious gunman. This is the basis of Mobile, a British thriller told in the same vein as Vantage Point.

Over four episodes more and more of the story is unveiled as the story winds a tale of deception and intrigue. Each episode is about a different person who is just another piece of the puzzle. With only four episodes, each being fifty minutes, Mobile is very fast-paced and does a great job weaving all the intricate storylines.

The first episode, "The Engineer," is about a man has been diagnosed with a fatal illness, and is given only a few months to live. He blames his illness on the mobile phone company he worked for. Now he’s just looking to leave his family with something after he’s gone.

The second episode, "The Soldier," is about a man who has come home from the war in Iraq, before it really began, because his wife and child have been killed in a hit-and-run. Joining the police force, he vows to get even and find the man who killed his family.

The third episode is entitled "The Boss." A wealthy businessman, who just so happened to make his wealth in the mobile phone business, has just been muscled out of his own business by his sly business partner.

The last episode is called "The Showdown," and it lives up to its name. It’s a fantastic episode tying everything together.

I’m sorry about the brief explanations of each episode, but that’s the nature of the show. If I were to reveal anything else it would be giving away crucial plot details, which are more fun to find out while watching.

The characters in Mobile are rich and vibrant. Each has varied back stories and motives that drive them. You care about every character here, even the side ones. The story about the soldier and his grandfather is heartbreaking, and comes to full fruition in the very end scene. The entire time Mobile has been building towards that scene.

Revenge is a main theme in Mobile. What are you willing to risk to get back at the person  who wronged you? How far will you go? How far is too far? And when all is said and done, is what you did worth the price you paid?

The DVD

Mobile is set up like a mini-series for television. There are four episodes, two on each of the discs. There are no bonus features, which was a bit disappointing, as I would’ve liked to see how they filmed it and how they kept everything together and coherent with all the branched out storylines that come together in the end.

The DVDs are both packed in their own regular sized snap cases, which are housed in a cardboard box, with some nice box art that really reflects what happens in the movie.

Each episode is about 50 minutes long, making the approximate running time around 200 minutes.

Ending Thoughts

My wife had a hard time understanding the thick English accents, but having lived in England, I was more adept at knowing what they were saying. The accents here are very thick, and a lot of slang is used. This is proper British television, so it’s a lot harder to understand than British shows made for an American audience. But that shouldn’t keep you from seeing it.

This is one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in a long time. This is what Vantage Point wishes it could have been. The reason why Mobile uses the different viewpoint technique better than Vantage Point did is because it leaves more stuff to the imagination. In Vantage Point you saw almost the same thing over and over, which became exhausting. Mobile shows different view points of different people, doing different things up until their paths cross. It shows how each of them got to where they are right now, why they made the choices that they did, and what effects those decisions had on them.

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