Having shown great promise with "BETTER LUCK TOMORROW", it's a mystery why Director Justin Lin was involved with "ANNAPOLIS". The story concerns Jake, a kid struggling between boxing and working hard labor, to make it into the Naval Academy. After barely making it in, the film offers one cliche' after another, and everything is predictable. What's not predictable are scenes that are so stupid, no one would expect the filmmakers would dare go the way they do here. The film borrows from practically every successful film targeted towards teens before it, but never comes close to even resembling them. While Franco's not a bad actor, he has nothing to work with here. It's just embarrassing.
TOUCHSTONE has preserved the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image is extremely sharp, with great detail. The film's production design is well complimented here, and the film at least looks great in every scene.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix isn't as aggressive as we'd expected. But, there's not anywhere near the amount of action that the film's trailer suggests it has. Surrounds are barely utilized. Some separation is noticeable in the front soundstage. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
A director's commentary, deleted scenes and featurette are included.