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HD DVD Review: Bulletproof

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Adam Sandler and Damon Wayans lead this rudimentary buddy movie, coupled with action sequences and mild story twists. Bulletproof at times feels like a TV movie with recognizable names attached to it, and the laughs are far too spread out. There’s some minor material worth watching spread throughout, but Bulletproof never comes together.

Wayans plays a clichéd undercover cop tasked with infiltrating a local drug lord via Sandler’s character. They become friends, Wayans has to turn on him, an unidentified amount of time passes, and then Wayans is assigned to keep Sandler safe despite tensions between them.

The drug lord in question is played by James Caan, and the entire plot is a mess when it revolves around him. Everyone knows he’s into heavy trafficking, yet after Wayans is involuntarily forced to take time off, no one seems to work the case anymore. Caan is constantly on TV bragging about his car business and hardly keeps a low profile. The cops seem to have no interest in dealing with him without Wayans, purely to keep the plot moving.

Sandler is the only reason to watch here, offering some funny dialogue exchanges with a hotel clerk, played by Mark Roberts. This is one of the few comedic highlights of this supposed action comedy.

The action is also sub-par, including a cheaply staged shoot-out in the classic film locale known as “the abandoned warehouse.” The opening moments move far too fast to deliver additional action scenes; it’s hard to get a feel for the film. A plane crash sequence is also embarrassing to watch for its editing, special effects, and direction.

Straight dialogue is painful, particularly from anyone inside the police department. The conversations are hilariously cheesy and unbelievable. It’s amazing anyone could deliver lines like this with a straight face.

Aside from one character’s turn, everything plays out here in predictable fashion, marking yet another strike against this lowbrow production. There are numerous buddy movies out there to choose from, and Bulletproof simply isn’t worth wasting the brisk running time.

Universals HD catalog transfers typically suffer from edge enhancement, so it’s hardly a surprise to see it creep up here. It’s minor, but distracting. Otherwise, the transfer varies from sharp to soft, and detailed to out of focus. There’s a distinct lack of crispness in some scenes. This is a transfer too inconsistent to be worthy of an HD upgrade.

Bulletproof provides a killer line of bass throughout. The soundtrack is filled with heavy thumps, and the action provides more opportunities as well. Constant surround use even outside of the action is noticeable and accurate.

There are no extras on the disc. It’s truly pathetic when fans don’t even receive a trailer. (No stars)

It’s hardly a surprise to see director Ernest Dickerson’s resume. The majority is made up of TV shows, and that style carries over to every aspect of Bulletproof.

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