Abigail Clayton has been living in the Columbus Circle appartment building for ages without ever coming out. All her groceries are being delivered by the concierge, and the only person she has human contact with is her doctor, Raymond Fontaine. When her neighbour dies, she tries to buy the appartment across the hall in a means to have even less people in her surroundings. Unfortunately, a young couple of up&commers manages somehow to beat her to the chase.
Little after they move in, it becomes clear the husband is a stressed out businessman who drinks and doesn’t mind beating his wife Lillian to let go of some frustration. A situation Abigail knows all too much from her past and despite her fear of the outside world she decides to help Lillian. The two start to bond pretty easily, but things aren’t as they seem…
Sound and Vision:
Columbus Circle plays a lot in dark scenes inside the appartment building where we get solid levels of black but some detail does get lost. The brighter scenes then show some nice fine detail, but colors remain muted. This all helps in creating a rather claustrophobic and threatening atmosphere.
The sound does an aqequate job with good use of the surround channels for background music that comes to the front nicely as tension rises. Dialogues are perfect and scare moments are well supported with a good notch of the volume.
With Columbus Circle, Universal delivers an adequate thriller that does what it needs to without ever truly surprising. The plot twists can be seen coming from miles away, but the acting and story are good enough to keep you interested in watching.
Technically things are pretty much the same. Everything is decent without attracting too much attention. A decent release without anything extra, and the absence of extras only highlights that.