"Slow Burn" is as easy on the brain as an escapist dime store crime novel; the kind you read on vacation while laying on a beach in the tropics sipping a sweet rum drink you wouldn't be caught dead holding in your favorite bar. Filled with twists, turns, good guys, bad guys, and one mastermind in charge of it all, it keeps your attention from beginning to end as it fillets one red herring after another. None of the actors had to stretch to play their roles as each presented a noir monotone character that leaves you believing each knows more than they're telling. The music score is perfect for this film. The sex is cheap and easy, the kind you know too well is going to lead to trouble but can't resist. At no time do you know exactly who is pulling the strings so you keep watching.
"Slow Burn" isn't a great film, but it's a great example of exactly what it was intended to be; a dime store crime novel revealed at 24 frames per second. The first time I saw it I thought it was a one-watch movie, but it grows on you. Don't be surprised if it ends up one your widescreen time and time again when you're in the mood for something dark and gritty. It delivers on both levels.
The DVD images are almost Blu-ray sharp, presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio to fill a widecreen HDTV. The Dolby 5.1 sound is exceptional. The price of a perfectly good used copy is pennies plus shipping, exactly what you need to pay to fully enjoy the movie.