Whatever happened to "smart" thrillers? Heck, what about just plain,
"decent" thrillers? "THE DEAL", available from SONY, tries very hard to be clever. In fact, it tries so hard, that when it fails, it fails in a big way. The film never achieves playing better than a cable movie.
Christian Slater has proven himself to be a fine actor(True Romance,
in the First), but Angie Harmon(BAYWATCH NIGHTS, LAW AND ORDER) is not!
Selma Blair is not only a bad actress, but hard to look at to boot!
Throwing them into a drama aspiring to be a corporate thriller can't work!
Slater plays a Wall Street Analyst brokering a deal between his firm's
client and a Russian oil cartel. Right away, Slater knows something isn't
quite on the up about this deal, but he's busy pursuing the new girl in the
firm, Blair and fighting off Harmon's moves on him.
The drama borrows from virtually every corporate thriller already made, including the really bad ones(ROLLOVER), but, ultimately, it's no more convincing in its depiction of corporate espionage than one of the best episodes of "DYNASTY"!
SONY has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.
Colors are solid throughout and there's great detail, in spite of some
infrequent grain. Contrast is impressive, especially in darker scenes.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's not aggressive, delegating
most surround moments to the score. There is some decent front-stage
separation. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.