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Pawn (Blu-ray + DVD) (2013)

Ray Liotta , Forest Whitaker , David A. Armstrong  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Jon Lee Brody, Nikki Reed, Deborah Twiss
  • Directors: David A. Armstrong
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B6OEEQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award- winner Forest Whitaker and Golden Globe- winner Michael Chiklis reunite for the first time since "The Shield" for the most gripping crime thriller of the year: An all-night diner. A cop walks in on a robbery in progress. But what happens next - and what happened just before - will change everything you think you know. Now the building is surrounded. There are fingers on every trigger. And one very intense hostage situation is about to take some extremely shocking twists. Common, Stephen Lang, Nikki Reed, Jessica Szohr and Ray Liotta co-star in this shotgun blast of a drama about last chances, double-crosses and a deadly game of dirty deals where anyone can be a PAWN.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deliciously Plotted Movie April 14, 2013
Give an actor a good role and he'll do it for "nothing".

That axiom certainly applies to the cast of PAWN, a 2013 thriller, now available in a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Shot in fifteen days, primarily on a single set and location, PAWN is a low budget tense drama, filled with unexpected plot twists, that features not inexpensive actors like Michael Chiklis, Stephen Lang, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Sean Faris and Forest Whitaker in memorable key roles.

To reveal much about the plot would lead to spoilers, so let's just say that it revolves around the hold-up of an all-night diner that goes terribly wrong. Indeed, just when you think that you've got everything figured out, the scene shifts backward or forward in time, and you are, once again, left wondering. PAWN, directed by David A. Armstrong from Jay Anthony White's well-crafted screenplay, is one of those deliciously plotted movies, like THE USUAL SUSPECTS, that demands a second viewing.

Chiklis, who co-produced the picture, is particularly powerful as the leader of the hold-up crew. Also making a strong impression is Stephen Lang, playing the diner's manager and, in a relatively brief role, Liotta, who has a mesmerizing metaphoric moment.

Suggestion: If you can avoid watching the trailer for PAWN before seeing the movie, do so. Like so many trailers these days, this one reveals too much of the plot and, as previously suggested, that can spoil the enjoyment of the picture itself.

The Blu-Ray/DVD contains a "Making of" featurette.

© Michael B. Druxman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Pawn" might be a straight-to-DVD thriller, but it boasts a surprisingly strong cast! Among a slew of recognizable faces, you've got Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Common, Stephen Lang, Ray Liotta, Sean Faris, Nikki Reed, Max Beesley, Marton Csokas, and Jessica Szohr. But I was primarily intrigued by Michael Chiklis taking the film's most prominent role and serving as a producer. I'm a big fan of Chiklis, his Vic Mackey on "The Shield" will go down in my book as one of TV's greatest anti-heroes. And after viewing "Pawn," a relatively low-budget affair, I could see what might have appealed to him. Setting up the classic heist-gone-wrong scenario, the film starts off as a stand-off between cops and robbers with a bounty of hostages caught in between. But director David A. Armstrong and screenwriter Jerome Anthony White clearly have other things on their mind. They want "Pawn" to be a twisty and clever enterprise that leaves the audience guessing about every character's real motivations. As the film progresses, flashbacks start to reveal that things might not be what they seem in this gritty, if flawed, movie.

Chiklis plays a British thug (Why British? Who knows?) who leads a team on a late night heist on a popular midtown diner. Despite the lateness of the hour, the restaurant is packed with an assortment of innocent (and not-so-innocent) victims. When a local cop (Whitaker) enters the premises, the situation goes from bad to worse. But who, as they say, is zooming who? Who on the police force can be trusted? What was the goal of targeting the diner? And can anyone come out of this unscathed? I won't reveal anything relevant to the film's surprises other than to say that Faris quickly becomes the centerpiece of the hostage situation.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not a classic May 16, 2013
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Nothing relaxes me more than curling up on the sofa with an interesting movie. It does not have to be a classic that I will watch over and over again, but it has to be entertaining. This movie definitely fits in the entertaining mode. Now if you want to pick it apart with things like character development etc as have been discussed by so many other reviewers, I will agree that it has some weak spots. However, if you take it for what it was very enjoyable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I received 'Pawn' as an Amazon Vine reviewer and just watched it last night.

An action thriller that keeps you guessing all the way through, it's got a lot to like for those who enjoy the genre as I do. Great acting by some well known and not-so well known actors, with stories interwoven in such a way that it holds your interest the entire way through.

Good cops, bad cops, reformed thugs and in the moment predators all collide at an all-night diner. There's no doubt it's going to get bloody, but what's it really all for? Just a quick hold up for jewelry and cash? Nah... there's more at stake than that, and the innocents caught in the middle struggle to understand and survive.

I'd recommend this film based upon Michael Chiklis' Irish accent alone! (Maybe it was English? Whatever... liked it.) Ray Liotta is basically 'Good Fellas' gone gray, but hey, it's Ray. Forest Whitaker did a great job in his small role, and the supporting cast was outstanding.

This isn't one you'll want to get up and get popcorn in the middle of, as you'll 'miss it' for sure.

Nicely crafted, and while violent, enjoyably so. If you don't mind bad being true to itself, watch Pawn and see how Checkmate really happens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pawn
Movie goers - Get this and watch it on a lazy night. Lazy saturday with popcorn. You will enjoy it - get surround sound you will need it.
Published 2 months ago by Jerry L. Arichabala
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
A very interesting thriller kept you guessing til the end thought it was going to be just okay but really liked it!
Published 4 months ago by kellydolls
3.0 out of 5 stars just another movie
the movie started to ok but it gave up some of the mystique too early no edge of your seat stuff...just ho-hum
Published 6 months ago by Roland
2.0 out of 5 stars hate it
this movie was an aweful movie. if i could send it back for a refund i would. i was highly disappointed with this movie
Published 7 months ago by edward
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain at 5 times the price!
OMG this is such a good movie and it's less than $3! You need to get this movie right now!
Published 8 months ago by Joyce Demer
2.0 out of 5 stars Look Else where.
Big Names which you would think would lead to a better movie. But this movie proved that theory false. I do not get why M.Chiklis had an irish accent? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel E Hoagland
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible B Movie Ending
without spoiling the about anticlimactic. All this build up for a whole lot of meh..If you were to compare it to the plot twists of the usual suspects this movie is... Read more
Published 8 months ago by FuzzyJock
4.0 out of 5 stars movie play
Movie was good for the most part but it kinda drags in parts but worth viewing good drama good acting.
Published 8 months ago by E. Rosado
5.0 out of 5 stars TRIVIAMASTER
Published 9 months ago by aardvark
5.0 out of 5 stars a true show stopper
at the beginning of the movie it seemed as if this was going to be a twilight zone movie, which was fine with me because i love twilight zone, but the movie was really good, i love... Read more
Published 9 months ago by the smoothog
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