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LOST JUNCTION

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Billy Burke, Jake Busey, Neve Campbell, Charles Powell
Director: Peter Masterson
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & 1.33:1 Standard Full-screen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Studio: MGM
Features: See Review
Length: 96 Minutes
Release Date: November 9, 2004

Film **

I really and truthfully enjoy “B” movies!  When I popped in this direct to video release, I knew in my heart that’s what it was going to be. 

However, one of the things you never know when you pop one of these movies in your DVD player is whether or not it’s on the “B minus” end of the spectrum, or the “B+” end.  Lost Junction, fell right in the middle of the road, meaning it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either…it simply was!

Missy Lofton’s husband is dead, and his body currently resides in the trunk of her car.  Missy picks up Jimmy McGee after his car breaks down, and thus begins this dark tale of love, lust, and deception! 

Missy liquidates her dead husbands estate, which tips off the cops, and talks Jimmy into a road trip down to New Orleans.  With the cops breathing down their neck, and ghosts from the past coming out of every corner, Jimmy will have to find a way to break through the past, in order to create a future for himself, as well as Missy.

Okay, I wanted to like this movie because it has two actors that I have always enjoyed watching.  I didn’t love Lost Junction, but it did find a place onto my “I would recommend this to anyone” list!

Neve Campbell is one of those actresses that posses the talent to do great things, but has fallen into a rut after her big run on Hollywood in the Scream films.   I think she puts a lot of herself into the characters she plays, which may or may not be helping her.  If she held a little bit back, and tried to become the character a bit more, and let her own personality and instincts as an actress guide her, she would be doing those great things I mentioned earlier!

Billy Burke has some pretty descent movie credits to his name; Wonderland, Along Came A Spider, The Jury, and Ladder 49, just to name a few.  This guy is popping up everywhere, and for good reason…the camera loves him.   Billy seems, to me at least, to be the kind of actor that embraces a role completely, no matter how big or small it may be.  Whether he’s barely there, or front and center, you’re always going to find this guy giving you 110%.

Jake Busey is an actor that I have liked for a really long time.  He caught my attention in the movie Starship Troopers, and I’ve kind of kept my eye on him ever since.  Busey is a very emotional actor, and can take on those tough roles without breaking a sweat because he really knows how to step up and take charge of the characters he plays.  I look for him to do bigger things as time goes, by but for now I think he’s right on track.

In my opinion Lost Junction never seemed to find its way.  Was it a dark comedy, or a love story?  I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself when you pick up your copy of Lost Junction today! 

Video ***

This DVD was transferred in a 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format, as well as a 1.33:1 standard full-screen format.  Both presentations had their good points, but I am a widescreen purist and will always lean more toward that format as far as suggesting a film.

The coloring was good on characters and secondary objects.  However, more attention could have been paid to the outdoor scene lighting.  

There was very little dirt visible with the print, which makes for a very clean viewing experience.

Audio ***

I was very pleased with the audio presented on this DVD.   While there will always be ways to make something better, it is not always necessary to do so!

The dialogue and music bed blended flawlessly in the 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround mix.   The levels remained constant throughout the film, and there was no audible hiss or hum during any part of the film.

The soundtrack was really nice, and I would recommend picking it up if you get the chance!

Features ½*

This DVD was running low on extra features!

In addition to the original theatrical trailer, you get English, French, and Spanish subtitles on this DVD…that’s about it! 

Summary:

The best I can give this film is a “B” movie rating, with extra points for good audio and video.  If there had been more extra features I could have marked it higher, but alas, they were lost somewhere along the way to DVD land.

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