Baseline Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Cas Harlow, 25th June 2010.
Baseline is an unadventurous but also fairly inoffensive, unnecessary addition to the British East End gangster sub-genre, telling the tale of a well-meaning club bouncer who gets involved in a whole world of trouble when he saves his boss, a nasty man with gangland ties, from a hitman. With lacklustre or clichéd performances from little (or un-) known actors and fairly familiar characters and events, the film is simply nothing special – and for a already heavily dilated sub-genre, you need something new, something Harry Brown, to really make a distinctive footprint. Perhaps a stronger lead would have made some difference, who knows? But there is nothing here to justify an almost-exact (marginally higher budget, and with all of the same key cast members) remake just a year after the original failed to succeed. On Blu-ray the good video and acceptable audio, as well as a couple of extras, leave this a nice package for fans to pick up. Everybody else should only consider a rental, unless they really love their ITV-drama-style East End gangster tales.
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