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A Common Man [Blu-ray] (2012)

Ben Kinglsey , Ben Cross , Chandrad Rutnam  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Kinglsey, Ben Cross, Patrick Rutnam, Frederick-James Lobato, Numaya Siriwardena
  • Directors: Chandrad Rutnam
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Awardr-winner Ben Kingsley stars as a seemingly average citizen who plants five powerful bombs in different locations around a major city and threatens to detonate them unless his unconditional demand is met: The simultaneous release of four of the most deadly international terrorists from government prisons. His tactics are merciless. The risks are unthinkable. The manhunt has begun. But in an urban jungle already torn apart by fear, what could be the real motive behind a cunning madman's ultimate plan? Ben Cross co-stars in this explosive action-thriller about duty, justice and the unexpected vengeance of A COMMON MAN.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DON'T ASK HOW, ASK WHY May 12, 2013
Ben Kinsley has placed bombs at various locations in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He demands that four terrorists be released or else he will explode them. The DIG (Ben Cross) is given authority to what ever he has to do to handle the situation. The first 10 minutes consists of planting the bombs, followed by the cat and mouse game between Kinsley and Cross.

The movie loosely held my interest in spite of the low action level and twist I had figured out after the first 10 minutes. The main problem is that the idea that Kinsley's actions represent "the common man." Certainly his views are reflective of a large portion of the population, but for me, I prefer the statement, "It is not about who they are, but it is about who we are." This film makes me cringe to think about who we are.

The message of this film should have appeal to those typically associated with right wing views. Might make for a rental for those who want to watch an "action/thriller" that is more of a drama.

Parental Guide: 1 f-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This Blu-ray (and DVD) promotes the names of two stars on the front cover. There is Academy Award Winner Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross (who hasn't really done much since "Chariots of Fire". But if you look at the rest of the cast and names of the production crew you probably won't recognize anyone else. That's because - even though it is being distributed by Anchor Bay (which does some really nice releases), it is a production of Asia Digital Entertainment; and was obviously not aimed for the US market.
Yes, it's about a terrorist who plans to set off five bombs in a city but that city is in Sri Lanka, where the film was produced. And the film is obviously dubbed - and poorly, since the actors lips are still moving after they speak, and there are no accents for the Sri Lankan actors.

I tried to watch this 87 minute film but gave up after 20 minutes because of the poor dubbing. Obviously both Kingsley and Cross were offered some quick money to make this film. Don't go looking for great acting here.

There are no bonus features here except for a few trailers of other action films being distributed by Anchor Bay.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For the record, there is no reason that the thriller "A Common Man" could not have made an absolutely terrific movie. It is a remake of the taut, disturbing, and emotionally involving "A Wednesday" from India. So before I go any further, I might direct you to spend your money on purchasing that DVD if the synopsis of this movie sounds intriguing. Where that film soared as a stinging contemplation of terrorism in the modern world AND as a tour-de-force face off of two great actors, "A Common Man" takes the same plot and makes it listless and amateurish. Boasting the name talents of Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross, I seriously could not have imagined a film project that felt more bargain basement in quality. I don't give out too many one star reviews, but the inept filmmaking inherent in this production absolutely ruined a great story. As you can see, I feel very strongly about this one!

The movie begins with promise. Set in Sri Lanka, the story opens as Kingsley travels around town leaving suspicious bags (we'll soon learn that they are bombs) in various public locales like a shopping mall and a train. The last one, he even takes into a police station. He then places a call to the officer in charge (Cross) and warns him of the explosives. After helping them deactivate the bomb in their own office, Kingsley is taken very seriously as he warns of the other devices about town. His demands are simple. Release several prominent terrorists from prison and he'll reward them with the locations they need to save countless lives. He is also using the local media to put pressure on the police. Why is he doing these things? Will his demands be met? What is the motivation? I'm telling you, it's a great story. Everything else, though, is painfully inept.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars horrrifyingly, shockingly bad September 9, 2013
By Conan
If you were expecting Sexy Beast turn around, don't spend your money, and go home. This resembles a made-for-TV movie and Ben Kingsley looks like a man under deep hypnosis who doesn't realize he's been hired to act in a movie. The first twenty minutes are so stultifyingly boring that you wonder whether you're missing something. All the scenes show Ben Kingsley's highly polished bald head, elfin ears, goatee and the skinniest arms I've ever seen. This must be some revenge for Gandhi as it takes place, I think, in the same locale. Don't even rent it or take it out of the library.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A COMMON FILM May 31, 2013
Maybe it's just me but I truly hate seeing great movie stars forced to play roles that are so far beneath them it makes your teeth grind just seeing them try to make something of that role. Then again perhaps I should be upset with that actor for taking on the role. Suffice to say that Ben Kingsley, yes the man who played Gandhi and recently the Mandarin, offers a truly walk through performance in A COMMON MAN.

The movie has Kingsley placing bombs throughout Sri Lanka in several public locations. He then informs a new reporter to be at the site of the first bomb to go off. Before igniting that bomb he contacts the local DIG (Ben Cross, another actor deserving of better parts) and tells him that the bombs have been planted and that he wants to talk to someone with more authority. In order to give him time and to show he is willing to work with them he lets them know the location of the first bomb.

Phone calls are made and everyone in charge of Sri Lanka is apparently on vacation leaving only Cross to handle the situation. Then again perhaps this is just a way of passing the buck for someone to take a fall should things go bad. In any event it leaves Cross to deal with Kingsley and they begin a cat and mouse game of Cross trying to find him while answering his demands. The demands are to release 4 prisoners currently held because of their terrorist activity. If you don't see what's coming then you haven't seen many films.

The plotline here is thin at best and easily guessed from start to finish. The set up is tedious and takes far too long to get where it's going.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie excellent plot.
It's about time someone laid out the common mans views about the stupid gummits that supposedly are running our countries or nations and the lousy job they are collectively doing... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Darrell Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound Message
I'm not sure whether this movie is produced for the local audience. The message the director trying to convey is great. But overall production is not impressive.
Published 13 months ago by Nish75
2.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish
"A Common Man" (2013) is not just a bad film. It is a bad film that could have been infinitely better with someone who knows how to direct a thriller. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tsuyoshi
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money
Twenty words will be almost difficult to waste on such a film let alone the $3.99 I wasted on the rental and time spent sitting through that mess. Read more
Published 14 months ago by T2
3.0 out of 5 stars See it just for Kingsley playing the REAL Mandarin!
Alright so this film gets a LOT of flak for being bad. Bad film making. Poorly acted. Poor ADR dubbing/editing. A weak script. Low budget. So be it. I'll give it that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dave Cordes
3.0 out of 5 stars Ben Kingsley is good, but the script is poor.
Why did Sir Kingsley take this role? The other actors are B actors, the plot is good but the other actors make the film a bore.
Published 15 months ago by Geoffrey P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Has Audio Issues
This review does contain a few spoilers. I also have addressed the audio issues in the last paragraph. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of A Common Man to review. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Drew from Oregon
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