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Splinter

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Editorial Reviews

Revenge is the only option.

Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down) stars as a dirty cop on the gang-ravaged streets of East L.A. in this smart and gritty thriller. A bloody drive-by shooting on ends a truce between two warring gangs, leaving "Shaggy" Gonzalez dead and his brother "Dreamer" badly wounded. Now Dreamer is desperate to avenge his brother's murder, but his head wound has robbed him of his memory of the shooting. With a rising number of bizarre murders and hacked-up bodies, police aren't sure if they have a gang war or a serial killer on their hands, and their only chance of finding out is if Dreamer pieces together his shattered memory...before it's too late.


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  • Actors: Tom Sizemore, Edward James Olmos, Emilio Rivera, Delilah Cotto, "Diamond" Dallas Page
  • Directors: Michael D. Olmos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6LS8Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,594 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Despite the fact that the ending was fairly predictable, Splinter is one of those movies that might have had a chance with better casting and a decent budget.

The movie was written by Enrique Almeida, who also stars as the film's lead. There's no arguing that Almeida has the perfect look for the role, and did an adequate job as a screenwriter, but his acting ability is painfully lacking. Why such an inexperienced actor was determined to play the lead is a mystery, his previous film credits include (I'm being serious) Gang Member #1 and Gang Member #2.

The disappointing work of the lead is compounded by the uninspiring performance by Tom Sizemore, in what can only be described as an example of "so where's my check" acting. Film great Edward James Olmos treats viewers to virtually no real screen time, apparently only taking part in the movie because his son (Michael Olmos) was the Director.

The only reason why I would award the film two stars instead of one, is because of the film's opening sequence, one of the most amazing jobs to date. Depending on who you ask, though, graphic artist Rob Chiu (Aka The Ronin) was allegedly never compensated for the concept behind the title sequence. Whatever the case, the movie isn't worth renting, let alone a DVD purchase. With a different cast and better budget, maybe it would have had a shot.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy on July 31, 2010
Format: DVD
Turns out there is a reason this movie took from 2006 til now to appear on DVD.. it's not that good. It sets out its stall as a would be Training Day type movie exploring corruption and getting inside the gang mentality in L.A.'s less tourist friendly areas. However, despite some stylistic flourishes and a script which has a few good ideas, it falls well short of the mark.
Dreamer, a gang member, sees his brother being killed, and gets a bullet in his brain. Suffering amnesia, he and his brother Dusty, recently released from jail, set out to find out who killed their brother. Meantime, a young female cop (played by relative acting rookie Resmine Atis) with a reputation as a snitch, has been assigned to Tom Sizemore's character, an alcoholic, troubled and corrupt veteran of the force, who has clear issues with his supervisor. The supervisor is Edward James Olmos, excellent as always, in a movie that only really comes to life when he is on screen which is far too seldom. Sizemore is fairly mesmerising as the cop who has clearly fallen off the edge, and whose volatile mental state appears as confused as Dreamer's. Part of the fascination is knowing Sizemore's own battle with alcohol and wondering how much of the performance is drawn from reality. I imagine the makers would like to think they have cast a tale contrasting the two sides of the same coin, the gang member and the cop, each equally confused and both with equally dirty hands. However, the highly stylised nature of the directorial flourishes are not matched with corresponding production values... they appear to be so tricksy that we are constantly reminded this is a construct. The rookie cop with a gift for `seeing' how the crime was committed has moments which play like they are straight out of episodes of CSI.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By badboy on March 28, 2011
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I grew up in L.A. I relate everything to this movie AWSOME, lots of true action specially in blu ray.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on September 19, 2009
Format: DVD
Why is it that indie productions always end up looking so awful? Splinter is a classic of the genre: an inability to frame anything except as a close-up; hopeless lighting, dreary continuity, tacky editing and shoddy recording; a dull script that makes you think " What do I care about these people". Strangely the story is half passable and in the hands of a professional director and film editor I could see that this, even with a low budget, could make a watchable movie, a sort of tight noir of LA gang culture.

The fact that Tom Sizemore is in it carries little weight it seems to me, his drunken, broken cop character gets more screen time than it really deserves. The 'stars' have to be Enrique Almeida and Noel Gugliemi who can probably play Latino gang-bangers in their sleep. Everyone else did what was required of them in a half-hearted way.

Overall an indie of no consequence. I thought the extras were more interesting than the feature. The fact that you can pick this up for less than a buck says it all.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The movie is just okay, mildly entertaining. Perfect movie for sale on Amazon but I would not pay to see it in a movie theatre. Great experience with the seller, the movie arrived on time and perfect condition.
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