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A Common Man [Blu-ray]

2.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Academy Award(R)-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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BLN4UJM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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A man set on revenge in a major city and explosives at hand in five different locations with just a button to push. Very interesting throughout not boring full on amusement all the way to the end. Kingsley is the bad guy if you didn't know I thought I dob him in. Fantastic storyline making everybody to think, full on suspense and action to a tee but not overdone. His reason is he wants four dangerous men released from prison and put on a plane to freedom, now that's it no more hints as to spoil it for you so get running pick up the movie but don't forget the popcorn, race back sit in your favourite chair with feet up and relax, waiting for curtain to go up. For a marvellous night in with this fabulous movie you won't be disappointed so lets get cracking. I rated this an A grade plus for sheer delight in a grand show and the cast did a marvellous job with their roles. Enjoy!
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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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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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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 while attempting to do so.

All they do is cause us more problems with their stupid sophistries they utilize while doing nothing more other than protecting their personal and corporate interests instead of the common persons interests which is what it's supposed to be all about isn't it?.
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