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Catch .44 [Blu-ray] (2011)

Bruce Willis , Forest Whitaker , Aaron Harvey  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll
  • Directors: Aaron Harvey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005R08HMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,272 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From The Executive Producers of MACHETE and TRUE GRIT

Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Nikki Reed (The TWILIGHT Saga), Deborah Ann Woll (''True Blood'') and Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) star in the tough, sexy story of three hit women sent to rural Louisiana to intercept a big money dope deal. But when they get to the near-empty roadside café, bullets blast apart what was supposed to be a simple transaction. It could be a huge, bloody misunderstanding but it might also be a deadly double-cross. Shea Whigham (''Boardwalk Empire'') and Academy Award® nominee Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) co-star in this intense crime thriller with a killer twist.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass December 26, 2011
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CATCH .44 is a dark, slow moving, thuddingly dull film. Written and Directed with Aaron Harvey it is a film borrowed from so many previous movies about drug dealing, double crossing, attempts at being clever without success, and near constant killing (no, slaughter by gunfire would be a more appropriate word.

The basically behind the scenes Mel (Bruce Willis, who appears to need a new agent to get some appropriate new material for him to chew) sets up a drug interception using three girls with whom he has successfully worked before - Tes (Malin Ackerman), Dawn (Deborah Ann Woll) and Kara (Nikki Reed) - this time making the interception at a diner in the middle of nowhere. Of course there is a lot of girl talk about their mission, an interruption by a madman Ronny (Forest Whitaker) who earlier has murdered a sheriff and poses then as the sheriff to add to the mess. At the diner things just progress from bad to unbelievable, as nearly everyone is brutally murdered and it all ends in a reduced cast (many are dead by now) cat and mouse game that is as dull as yesterday's lunch.
There are some night at the gas station scenes a la Ed Ruscha by cinematographer Jeff Cutter that are artsy, but the rest of the film is a waste of talent. It makes us wonder how tough it is for actors of the caliber of Forest Whitaker and Bruce Willis to turn up some worthwhile material that takes advantage of their skills instead of these blood bath bores they seem to be accepting as scripts. No real saving graces to this film. Grady Harp, December 11
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I had heard and read so many scathingly critical comments flung at writer/director Aaron Harvey's "Catch .44" that I was convinced it must surely be a disaster of epic proportion. I'm not sure what anyone else anticipates when sitting down to a straight-to-DVD endeavor, but my expectations tend to run fairly low. Thus, I was actually pleasantly surprised by this film. I found it quite entertaining in its own right with a number of noteworthy performances. Harvey shows a deft hand when handling dialogue and that ends up being a saving grace to the movie. My fundamental issue with the production has little to do with entertainment value and almost everything to do with originality. Like so many young filmmakers, Harvey clearly aspires to be the next Tarantino (and why not?), but "Catch .44" is so derivative that it begs to be judged in an unfavorable light. Even the DVD packaging references the sublime "Reservoir Dogs." I could forgive the similarities in structure and theme such as the chronologically scrambled narrative, overlapping timelines, the eclectic assortment of outlaws, and the clever/cool conversations that have little to do with the plot. But from moment to moment, every sequence in the film seems to have been lifted from another movie and cobbled together. Seriously. For every individual scene, I could name a comparable scene that served the same purpose from an earlier and similar movie.

Taking that out of the equation for a moment, I actually thought the film was successful enough. Despite the presence of Bruce Willis in a minor role (though you'd never guess that from his huge head on the DVD cover), the actual lead of "Catch. 44" is up-and-comer Malin Akerman.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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"I worked with you for seven years...always liked you, always looked after you, but I never trusted you." Tess (Akerman) and her friends have one simple task. Meet a trucker at a restaurant and take the truck from him. Things do not go as planned and secrets begin to come out, as well as bullets. This movie was a surprise. After watching "Set-up" with Bruce Willis (who was in it for about 5 minutes) I was skeptical. While he is not the main star in this one either this one actually is a pretty good movie. This movie reminded me a lot of "Pulp Fiction" in the way that it jumps back and forth all the time until you have every part of the story. Akerman and Whitaker do a great job in this and for someone like Malin Akerman to take a role in an action movie and pull it off as good as she does is also a surprise. While not a top notch action movie this one is still very much worth while and will not let you down. Overall, a very good movie that is well worth your time. I give it a B+.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Embarrassment March 4, 2012
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Rebecca: This is so bad it's almost good.

Enid: This is so bad it's gone past good and back to bad again.

Aaron Harvey's "Catch .44" reminded me of Gary Lennon's horrible 2007 opus ".45" and reinforced the notion that any movie that includes the diameter of a gun barrel in its title is something to avoid. Whereas Lennon's gimmick was unconvincing moronic violence spliced between segments of documentary style parody, Harvey relies on unconvincing moronic violence spliced into a scrambled timeline. "Catch .44" might be dumb-downed relative to ".45" but it does have better lighting and color.

While not quite a constant 94-minute mockfest moment, there is much unintended humor in observing how obviously close-to-laughter Forest Whitaker and Malin Akerman are as they desperately struggle to keep straight faces while dealing with Harvey's silly dialogue and inept acting for the camera direction.

In the now de rigueur tradition of recent ill-advised attempts at cinema, the director and his editor inflict a pretentious commentary on anyone masochistic enough to select the audio commentary option on the DVD menu. In this the delusional writer/director appears to sincerely believe that he has made a cutting edge film.

Even a casual viewer can see that this thing failed before it got out of the starting gate because of Harvey's second rate work in pre-production. The obvious question being; why don't these direct-to-video geniuses use some of their budget to hire competent re-writing staffs before taking the project into production?

Unfortunately, even if you are able to suspend disbelief enough to self-knowingly go with this thing (a well-practiced skill for anyone who watches student films); it never engages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd waited to watch this Willis/Morgan flick!!
It wasn't worth the $4.99, more of a $2.99 flick, just to see the chemistry with Willis and his co-star. I didn't want to finish it.
Published 4 months ago by Lorena Rae
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I get my money back?
I only watched 20 minutes of it before it totally disgusted me. This movie is graphic killing with stupid dialog in between. Read more
Published 4 months ago by barbara brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Something to watch if the paint is already dry
Usually one expects the presence of Bruce Willis to ensure a top quality movie. Please do not expect that here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robbi Dobbi
5.0 out of 5 stars interestingly exiciting
lots of action and weird turn arounds, actors really do a good job in there rolls and
surprise ending worth the purchase although I have seen it several times already
Published 5 months ago by Ken Stone
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad story line
Storyline was bad and acting was poor. Disappointed. Waste of money. Don't waist your money on this movie,. Not a good one.
Published 6 months ago by Long Beach
1.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Was not as good as always for a Bruce Willis movie. If it's a bruce Willis it's always good not this one.
Published 6 months ago by betty emmerich
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch 44
Great CD Movie..Bruce Willis is one cool dude. All of his performances are good. I don't remember of seeing anything he is in that I don't like.
Published 6 months ago by LL
1.0 out of 5 stars Catch.44
I didn't like it! I closed the film after 10 minutes. The part that he played was in the last part of the film. Phyco!!
Published 6 months ago by Robert A. Kunsman Sr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfully Bad
I paid five dollars for this disc at a big box store, and that was five dollars too much. My standards for movie entertainment are fairly low, but this flick didn't even meet that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Waggoner
1.0 out of 5 stars such a waste
this was a huge waste of time/money. no real acting, no real story, no real dialogue, no special effects.
impressive that such good actors were in such a crappy film.
Published 7 months ago by Levi Lewis
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