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Cherry Pop

(Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Stephen Root, Lora Kojovic, et al / DVD / R / 2010 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: A terrorist named Arthur Younger (Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon) has planted nuclear bombs in three American cities, then allowed himself to be arrested. The government, desperate to find these bombs, turns Younger over to a man known only as H (Samuel L. Jackson), who will use any means to extract information from Younger, despite the protests of FBI agent Helen Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss, Memento), who argues that torture doesn't produce viable data.

DVD Verdict: Let me tell you this from the very start of this review ... it would be TOTALLY UNTHINKABLE for you, the viewer, the reader of this review to ever miss watching this compulsive movie! From start to incredible end, it is a nerve-ending ride of uncertainty, of devotion, of passion.

This is one of those movies where I wanted to turn away, but at the same time I wanted to watch it just as badly because I got so involved in the plot. I must say that anyone who is considering watching this should be warned it is intense, full of graphic violence, and at times stomach-turning. If you can get through all that, though, this is a very thought-provoking movie dealing with terrorism and torture.

The premise of the film revolves around an American turned anti U.S. extremist with access to nuclear, bomb-making materials. He claims to have planted bombs in several major U.S. cities, and it is up to the FBI along with a brutal interrogator, with no limitations or qualms about using all forms of torture, to find out where the bombs are before they explode and kill millions of people.

And, in spite of my strong reaction to the ending (of which I won't even come close to revealing, so have no fear!), the movie did leave me thinking about it for days - so that could be reason enough to see it. Samuel L. Jackson gives a very strong performance and the woman who plays his wife has one powerful moment where I believe she makes Helen Brody realize that life is far more complex than Brody ever realized.

Brody doesn't hide her disgust when she asks H's wife, "How can you justify what he does? How can you accept him?" The wife explains her side of things and Brody is forced to think beyond the given concepts of good and evil and truly wonder what needs to be done to keep the country safe. At least, she starts down the path of doubt. Watch this film tonight and talk about it tomorrow (and onwards) with friends. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Engaging Commentary with Director Gregor Jordan
Includes Extended Version of the film with Alternate Ending