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directed by Rajeev Nirmalakhandan
USA 2013

 

Having had enough of being knocked around by her boyfriend, wouldbe singer Maya (Rumer Willis, HOSTAGE) takes to the road with her guitar, her pills, and her boyfriend's gun. Breaking down in the middle of nowhere, she seeks assistance at a house only to discover the elderly owner has expired on the sofa. She decides to steal the old woman's van, not realizing that it is the home of her grandson Duncan (Chris Marquette, FREDDY VS. JASON), an autistic young man who works in a nearby convenience store. Unable to abandon him on the side of the road, Maya - having discovered a stack of uncashed checks addressed to Duncan - decides to deliver him to his estranged father (Bruce Altman, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS) if she can only convince Duncan - who has a talent for drawing detailed maps (which came in handy at the convenience store) - to show her where he is. Stopping off in a cowboy tourist trap, Maya reconnects with her now married former boyfriend Dave (Brendan Sexton III, BLACK HAWK DOWN) who helps her through her prescription pill withdrawal and encourages her to take up singing again but she and Duncan have to take to the road again so she can see a doctor to find out what else is wrong with her after she has detoxed cold turkey. After she makes a devastating discover, she is more desperate to unload Duncan until they meet his father; however, the heated confrontation gives her the strength to confront her own troubled past with her mother (Veronica Cartwright, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS).

THE ODD WAY HOME works as a drama about two misfits who form a special bond in the face of adversity, but it owes so much to just about every other similar film that came before it that there's absolutely nothing original or novel about it. It comes across almost like a parody of Hollywood Oscar-bait through an indie lens. A mumbly Willis can't quite stand out from the cliches, but Marquette manages an entertaining and touching characterization even if it shaped around the script contrivances. Sexton and Cartwright are also worthy of mention in limited screen time, and the Red Epic lensing of Matt Wilson is quite lovely throughout. The solo feature debut of Rajeev Nirmalakhandan - following a handful of shorts and the co-directed comedy CHOOCH - shows that he is capable of lensing a slick and professional film but the heart that obviously went into the script and the film itself is unable to overcome the overfamiliarity.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 25 October 2013 (USA)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:27:06
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Behind the Scenes (9:59)
• Short film 'Six Letter Word' (15:59)
• Photo Gallery
• Theatrical Trailer (2:00)
• Breaking Glass Trailers for '2 Jacks', '7 Boxes', 'Daddy's Little Girl', and 'Buttwhistle'

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

THE ODD WAY HOME looks somewhat soft on Breaking Glass' dual-layer DVD, but I think most of that is inherent in the low key lighting and color grading since the close ups are sharp enough and the opening credits and fine lettering of the end credits are free of artefacts. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is appropriately restrained with more atmospheric effects in interior scenes than desert exteriors (in which the two characters are mostly alone). English closed captions are also available for those who can use them (and they do clarify some of Willis' mumbled lines).

 

Extras consist of a making-of featurette, a short film from the director, photo gallery, trailer, and previews for other Breaking Glass titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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