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'Pawn'
(Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, Common, Stephen Lang, Nikki Reed, Jessica Szohr and Ray Liotta, et al / DVD / R / 2013 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: An all-night diner. A cop walks in on a robbery in progress. But what happens next - and what happened just before - will change everything you think you know.

DVD Verdict: I really hate movies that flashback before they've even gotten started! And add to that they keep doing it, and then reverting back to the original setting so much that you kind of not only start losing the plot, but the will to continue to watch the bloody film too!

Anyway, the star-packed B-movie opens with a Policeman (Forest Whitaker) entering a diner just before midnight. As he looks around he realizes he's walked into the middle of a robbery attempt and that all the customers are potential hostages. BUT we don't know what happens next as a) the server behind the counter does his own what-if flash-forward routine and b) the movie itself flashes forward to Ray Liotta speaking to an unseen man in a hospital bed, questioning him about that very same evening!

Anyhoo, with lines with "if my day goes any slower my shift will be going backwards," and Liotta doing is bad cop routine whilst sleepwalking, 'Pawn' could have been so much better - and deserved to be. Chiklis as the lead "British" bad guy is brilliant, the highlight of this melodrama by a long shot. And the fact that a major plot twist is revealed in the 20th minute is daring also.

And so, the robbery gets botched due to arriving too early for the time locked safe to open, some people get brave, some get trigger happy, and blood is spilt. More twists are revealed along the way, most everyone dies, and the ending, well, wow ... what a slow, trudge of a let down! These is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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