DVD REVIEW- “Isolation”
Isolation is written by Shane Dax Taylor and Chad Law, directed by Shane Dax Taylor, and stars Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Claudia Church, Chelsea Edmundson, Tricia Helfer, and Stephen Lang. It tells a story inspired by the true events of a couple vacationing on a remote island in the Bahamas who are hunted by a group of modern-day pirates, who are after their identities and their lives. Now you’ve probably never heard of Isolation, it came out in 2015 and is only just now getting a VOD and exclusive Walmart DVD release. Isolation is not good. Everything about it is odd, from the story it tells to the acting it features. With a slew of issues including continuity errors, extras looking at the camera, or the story just forgetting to tell us how our characters got out of peril from sharks, this is an odd film. Stephen Lang is a delight while on screen, but he’s in it for maybe 2 scenes.
Isolation confused me, people didn’t act like people. No one reacts to situations and when they do it’s not an appropriate reaction. The script leaves out parts of the story, like how a character escapes an attack by hundreds of Sharks or how a character is able to sneak on a small boat. Also, there are about 5 montages of the island the film takes place on with the same music playing over it. The music was good, but it got noticeably repetitive. The acting is fine, As I said Stephen Lang does a good job. Dominic Purcell also does a good job, even though he acts like a comic book character at times. I don’t really know what all to say about Isolation. It’s one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen and I will probably forget about it. I enjoyed it for what it was. Now onto the DVD review!
Packaging- This version of the film was single disk and it’s the basic packaging. The cover looks very sleek and uncluttered, but can’t help but look very amateur. Stephen Lang is made to look like a major character but this is very misleading as he only has about 5 minutes of screentime. There is no interesting art or alternative poster. This isn’t shocking for a DVD release. It is fitting for the movie and nothing is lacking.
Audio/Visual- Everything was fine. The picture quality was good for a DVD release and I never had trouble hearing what was going on. Some of the dialogue was cleary dubbed and some sound effects didn’t match what was going on in the scene, but other than that everything is passable.
Special Features- There are no special features on the DVD for Isolation.
Overall this was bad. It’s felt like a student film at times. It’s not well made and it’s not bad enough to be fun. The movie isn’t one to own and the DVD has no interesting special features warranting you to purchase it and Watch it for the sharks. 1/5
Will you be picking up Isolation?