Observe and Report
Ronnie Barnhardt is the head of security at the Forest Ridge mall and he takes his job very seriously. Despite having a crew of incompetent idiots at his disposal, he does what he can to keep things safe. When one day a flasher starts terrorizing the mall Ronnie sees it as his chance to show just how good he is at what he does. However, when a couple of attempts to catch the flasher fail and one night even a store gets robbed, the manager of the mall decides to call in the police. As soon as Detective Harrison arrives, it becomes clear that he wants nothing to do with Ronnie and finds him an idiot but that won’t stop the head of security…
Sound and Vision:
For DVD we get excellent image quality with vibrant colors and good depth which gives justice to the movie.
The same can be said about the sound which comes with a nice 5.1 track that brings forth crystal clear dialogues while using the surround speakers and subwoofer for music and good support during action scenes.
Observe and Report is – just like most movies with Seth Rogen these days – promoted as a slapstick comedy. However, again just like most Rogen flicks, there’s more drama to it than you would expect from the trailers. The movie nicely stands on it feet, not because of the jokes (which are a bit subtle at times and not overly present) but thanks to the reasonably decent storyline and good acting of Rogen who does an excellent job in portraying the bi-polar security guy who’s got some “issues” on several levels. Add to that support from an again great Ray Liotta (perfectly cast!) and other cast members (Ronnie’s mother!) and you get a decent end product that shines in its genre.
People looking for Naked Gun-like slapstick better move along. Those that like comedy with a bit more depth (aka tragedy) will love it. Great stuff, only too bad the extras are so thin. We’re really fed up with “bloopers”…