Rupture Blu-ray Review
Where am I? Who cares?
Trading in torture-porn vibes, Rupture is an inert thriller whose only success in depicting people desperate to live may be in making you lose the will to.Noomi Rapace enjoyed some celebrated success in her (vastly superior) Dragon Tattoo trilogy, playing a now-iconic heroine so well defined that, in her succession to the Hollywood throne, it has since determined almost every role she's taken. Aside from a strong lead role in Scott's flawed Prometheus (nobody will forget that auto-c-section) she's struggled somewhat stateside, and Rupture marks perhaps an all-time low on her US tour, seeing her single mother kidnapped by a strange group of would-be torturers who conduct a series of experiments, ostensibly with some higher purpose for mankind.As The Shield's Michael Chiklis - also at a career low and in a role which Willis was probably first choice for - lacquers on the makeup and tries to be mysteriously menacing, Rapace is forced to endure the lame twists and turns of a tale that appears to know where it is going, but struggles to take you along for the ride. Latter-end CG is poor, and the sci-fi-ish vibe feels abortive and unrealised, making you wonder why anybody even agreed to get on board this train wreck of a production. Perhaps it could have worked as the pilot for a TV series, but as a feature, it's low budget, low rent and painfully bad.
Picture QualityThings don't get any better on Signature's Region B-locked Blu-ray, which delivers a sickly 1080p/AVC-encoded High Defintiion video presentation, framed in the movie's original aspect ratio of 2.40:1 widescreen.
Rapture gets a sickly video presentation
With yellows cracked up to an unpleasant high - right from the get-go, although later they attempt to make it a part of the narrative - the whole colour scheme looks awful, leaving trees and grass a sickly, unnatural shade that makes the production look (even more) cheap. Detail levels are nevertheless reasonably strong, particularly on close-ups, although the stronger red-dominated and yellow-dominated sequences do go to such extremes that they rob the image of some of its clarity in the process. Black levels too suffer as a result of this, and, although some of this is intentional, the end result cannot escape the fact that it looks the worse for it.
Sound QualityAlthough the press release suggests a '5.1' audio track, the PR test disc provided boasts only a limited stereo Linear PCM 2.0 track which is even more restricted that the claustrophobic material on offer.
The audio track is even more restricted than the material on offer
Dialogue retains some clarity across the frontal array, remaining clear and coherent throughout, and firmly prioritised through the front and centre channels, but the track itself does little to expand on this basic set-up, with the effects limited to a number of mechanical and electronic noises commensurate to the setting (the painful noise of the doors locking and unlocking is a torture test all on its own). The score subsists, doing little to engage or enhance the proceedings.
ExtrasUnsurprisingly, nothing – not even a menu!
Blu-ray VerdictYou wonder why anybody even agreed to get on board this train wreck
Cheap video and limited audio - as well as zero extras and not even a menu - further hammer home the fact that clearly nobody involved in this production held out any hopes for it, discarding it onto a disc like a piece of unwanted lint. It would be hard to know whether anybody would even endure Rupture through a streaming service, but most should be grateful never to find out.
You can buy Rupture on Blu-ray here
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £16.99
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