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'Five Fingers'
(Ryan Phillippe, Mimi Ferrer, Laurence Fishburne, et al / DVD / R / (2006) 2009 / LGF)

Overview: Martijn (Ryan Phillippe), an idealistic Dutch pianist, travels to Morocco to help start a food program for malnourished children. Within moments of his arrival, however, Martijn is abducted by a group of terrorists, injected with a debilitating drug, and imprisoned. Under threat of death, the young man engages in a mental chess match with AHMAT (Laurence Fishburne), trying to learn his captor’s true objective and avoid a horrible fate.

DVD Verdict: Knowing this sat on the back burner for a couple years then being released within a year of Laurence Fishburne's other torture film made me worry a bit, and if you have seen the other one then this will seem like a mirror in more ways than one.

A quick synopsis of this is simply covering a terror/kidnap and torture film focusing on the anatomy in the title. Laurence plays the captor and Phillippe plays the victim. Putting aside the rightful critiques (that one can read about extensively online) regarding the horrible accents, choppy writing and poor scene mixing, you might get some light entertainment from this.

I was not a fan of anything in the film until the final three plot twists given to us in the last two minutes. I would have to say it might leave a better feeling with you once you know why the accents sucked, why they were writing the film towards a known conclusion and what the greater good is (supposedly) being protected here.

The supplements are weak. The making-of is 11 minutes long and is entirely about how incredible everyone is to be around (my least favorite kind of supplement). The trivia track could be played on the first watch as this is not a re-watchable film and the trivia is inconsequential to the film. This appeared to be a passion piece by those involved, and the interview supplements highlight how they felt this was a statement film for "what is going on today." [SK] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Trivia Track
Endgame: Inside 'Five Fingers'