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Snatched 4K Ultra HD Review
Emily's life wasn't going so well. She got fired from her job in retail and as she was telling her boyfriend, he broke up with her. A double whammy all on the same day. Unfortunately, she had planned a vacation with her boyfriend to Ecuador. Since her tickets were non-refundable she suddenly found herself alone with a trip for two to South America. After calling every girlfriend she has ever known to go with her on the trip she eventually begs her mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn; Overboard), to make the journey with her.
While in Ecuador, Emily meets a handsome stranger who spends the entire evening talking to her and invites her to tour the country with him the next day. Emily convinces Linda to join them and the three head out on what they think is an adventure. However, when Emily and Linda wake up in a dark and dingy room they realize they have been kidnapped and they eventually discover they are now in Columbia. Their goal is to make it to the U.S. Embassy in Bogota while trekking through the jungle and doing their best to avoid the man who kidnapped them (and whose son Emily accidentally killed). Meanwhile, Emily's agoraphobic brother, Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz; Suicide Squad), does whatever necessary to make sure his mom and sister come home alive.
Schumer has had a pretty successful career so far with numerous comedy specials and 2015's hit movie Trainwreck (which she also wrote). While Snatched was written by Katie Dippold (The Heat), I have a feeling Schumer added her own unique twist to Emily making her annoyingly pathetic while infusing her with some guts. I have never been a big fan of Schumer, though, so for me she was simply mediocre and yes, annoying.
Hawn was an inspired choice to play Emily's mom and she handles the role well. However, this performance is a far cry from her Overboard/Private Benjamin days. Barinholtz does a nice job but doesn't invoke too many laughs. The best scenes to me are the ones including fellow vacationers Ruth (Wanda Sykes; The New Adventures of Old Christina) and the mute Barb (Joan Cusack; Shameless) who offer up advice and special ops style help to the ladies.
The 4K Blu-ray has superior quality with the 2160p video and 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The Jungle scenes are especially lush and beautiful and the color palette jumps off the screen many times. The DTS – HD master 7.1 audio adds dimension to the film with full background ambient noise. The dialogue is crisp and clear and the audio mix is balanced well. There are a few extras offered in the combo pack including commentary by director Jonathan Levine (The Night Before), gag reel, deleted scenes, extended and alternate scenes and Trailers. Most of the extras are worth watching at least once and offer some background information and the gag reel is cute at times.
I think the biggest issue with the film is the script. It isn't very funny and doesn't give the talented cast enough to work with. I know Goldie Hawn is supposed to be the serious one but she has had some iconic film roles and I think she could have done so much more with the character. The concept was cute but the execution misses the mark.
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