Review by Chastity Campbell
Stars: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff,
Denholm Elliot, Louis Gossett Jr.
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Video: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Features: See Review
Length: 112 Minutes
Release Date: November 5, 2002
“We have got to strike back or I’m going to look like a douche bag in
front of the entire school!”
“Billy, you were born looking like a douche bag!”
Toy Soldiers is a story set in the world of an all
boys prep-school that is home to the son of a New Jersey Mob Boss, the 3rd
largest construction contractor in the world’s hyperactive son, and a host of
other influential boys who consider themselves rejects.
They apply this term because they all have a habit of getting kicked out
of school! Sean Astin (Sam, Lord
Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring) plays the hyperactive Billy who in
the past four years has been in and out of four different schools.
He’s about as rebellious as you can get and proves it right off the
It seems he’s figured out if you mix 3 parts 100 proof
Vodka, 2 parts Peppermint Schnapps, 1 part Crème De Mint for added flavor, you
can pass it off as Scope mouthwash…well, that is, until the headmaster catches
him with it, and he gets lectured on how many times it’s been tried before!!
The basic plot of the story revolves around a Columbian
drug lord who is captured and transferred to the United States to stand trial.
His son wants him released and will do anything to make that happen.
They lay siege to the prep-school, because the judge assigned to the
Columbian’s case has a son there. They
want to use his son as leverage in getting their leader released!
It will be up to a cocky young teen and his troubled band
of friends to help free the students at the school before their time runs out.
I really enjoyed this movie. From beginning to end, there was never a dull moment.
Sean Astin was only one of the well-known names in this film.
Louis Gossett Jr. did a magnificent job as the Head Master who takes no
B.S.! Wil Wheaton (Wesley
Crusher, Star Trek The Next Generation) could give A.J. from the Soprano’s
a lesson or two. It seems his
father is the head of the entire New Jersey Mob Syndicate.
Talk about influence…I’ll bet ya he could tell us where Jimmy Hoffa
The direction for this picture was wonderful.
Daniel Petrie Jr. did an excellent job as the movie’s screenwriter and
director. He was able to write a
really great movie script, and then direct it so his vision never faltered from
beginning to end. With the combination of acting talent, a beautiful
digital transfer, and solid direction, this DVD will enhance just about
anyone’s movie collection!
Watching this DVD was a very nice experience, as
Columbia-Tri-Star did a wonderful job with this 1.33:1 full frame transfer.
All of the colors were surprisingly vivid, crisp, and clean for an eleven
year old film. I was really
impressed with the quality of the special effects for this movie as well.
The scenes containing the rocket launchers as well as those with the
military helicopters were really well received in a digital format.
The Dolby Digital Stereo mix for this one was pretty good.
The dialogue was easy to understand, and very clean without any white
noise. The special effects could have had a little more pop to
them, but overall, the mix was pretty well balanced without any flaws.
Movie trailers for Enough, Panic Room, and Soul
Assassins are the only features you really get with this DVD.
It’s obvious that Columbia/Tri-Star is using a solid movie such
as this one to promote three of their newer films, but it would have been nice
to see a little behind the scenes action, or some interviews with the actors at