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Great Story, Has Audio Issues
on May 21, 2013
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. Here's what I thought:
A Common Man stars Ben Kingsley as a regular citizen of Sri Lanka who has a plan that he wants to carry out; however, the plan isn't quite revealed until the end of the movie. This movie is definitely your classic "negotiation" movie where, if demands aren't met, things go boom.
At the beginning of the movie, we see Kingsley, known as The Man, drop off five bags full of C-4 explosives in different areas of the big city of Colombo. After dropping off the bags, he calls the special task force and speaks to Mr. Dig (Ben Cross) to notify them that bombs were set to explode unless they met his demands. The Man also calls a news reporter to tell her what is going on so she could cover the story, which is basically to his advantage so he can monitor what is going on while watching television.
The Man wants the simultaneous release of four of the most dangerous international terrorists from government prisons. Once they release the terrorists, The Man will tell authorities where the other bombs are located. Eventually, they decide to release the terrorists and take them to the airport. While this is going on, the authorities hire a hacker to try to track The Man as they can't because he uses a different SIM card with each phone call he makes. They also get an idea of what he looks like from a composite sketch given by a policeman who had interacted with The Man earlier in the day.
At the airport, the four terrorists are to get on a small plane that was already there and, once in the air, answer the mobile phone as The Man will be calling them. Three of the terrorists make it onto the plane while the fourth is held back by one of the authorities because he does not believe The Man will reveal the location of the other bombs. When the three terrorists take off, a mobile phone rings and, as they push the "talk" button, the plane explodes in mid-air, killing all of them. It turns out The Man is trying to kill the four terrorists, which he refers to as cockroaches.
Since there was one terrorist still alive, The Man demanded the authorities to kill him, or the bombs he planted will go off. We find out at this point, The Man, is really acting as a sort of vigilante for the citizens of Sri Lanka and are killing the terrorists who had taken many lives. The fourth terrorist at the airport tries to run away and two of the men that were holding him shoot him dead. The Man calls the reporter back and tells her the location of the bombs and he tells her that they will not detonate.
Meanwhile, Mr. Dig still wants to capture The Man; however, the people working with him do not want to and give up their search and efforts. Mr. Dig then goes to find The Man by himself and actually does find him. His intentions were to arrest him, but, after seeing and talking with him a bit, he decides to let him go and "the common man" wins at the end of the day.
Overall, A Common Man is a pretty good movie. I was really surprised at the storyline as I thought The Man would have actually been a terrorist as well and wanted to work with the other four terrorists, but it turns out he was carrying out justice for his country. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and, the movie isn't really that long anyway.
The only bad thing I can say about this film, or this Blu-ray rather, is that the audio was a little out of sync at times and, at times, it was also hard to hear some of the dialogue between the characters. For this reason, the movie loses a star in my overall rating. Finally, this Blu-ray has no special features. So, with all this being said, I give this film an overall rating of 4/5 stars.
Overall rating: 4/5 Stars