Breathless Blu-ray Review
When a Texas housewife discovers her husband committed armed robbery with the plan of leaving her high and dry, she ties him up and calls her best friend to help scheme an idea of taking the money for themselves in the murderous dark comedy BREATHLESS. Unfortunately, they can’t seem to find the cash and accidently kill her husband in the process.
Gina Gershon (BOUND) is strong-willed southern Lorna, a woman married to a lying, cheating, white trash husband named Dale (performed quite humorously by Val Kilmer). BREATHLESS opens up with Lorna drinking a glass of liquor and smoking a cigarette as an unknown man (later to be revealed as Dale) is knocked out cold face down in the living room. After calling her life-long friend Tiny (Kelli Giddish from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Lorna reveals her theory on her criminal husband coupled with the news reports of a $100,000 stolen from a neighboring town’s bank. When the gun accidentally goes off putting a bullet through Dale’s head, the ladies spend the rest of the time trying to hide the body and find the money. It won’t be easy though, as a cop (Ray Liotta) is parked right out side their mobile home awaiting a search warrant to come in and bust the whole thing down.
Located almost entirely inside the couple’s mobile home out in the middle of nowhere under a hot Texas sun, BREATHLESS could easily be transfered to stage. One of the more exciting aspects of the film is the fact that most of the action has already taken place. The audience is cleverly let in on the plot of the aftermath from the actual action during the clean up phase. While Lorna and Tiny try to clean up their morbid comical mess, the twist and turns of the story thoughtfully unfold.
BREATHLESS definitely has some “oh brother” moments, but writer and director Jesse Baget does a nice job keeping the absurdity levels in check. Ultimately, he created a fairly simply yet fun little film that will keep an audiences attention while still providing some nice surprises. Lets not forget, it is morbidly gruesome but Baget still manages to maintain a lightness to the film.
Possibly the greatest feat came in the casting. All the performances are terrifically trashy, like a My Name Is Earl episode gone bad with murder and mayhem, yet delightfully funny. BREATHLESS is definitely a weird genre for those that appreciate the dark humor in madness. Who would have thought this small straight to Blu-ray feature starring a few established stars would be such a gem, but that is exactly what it is. I have to recommend BREATHLESS to anyone that is a fan of the funny murderous genre. From the cleverly enticing opening credits to the absurdly over the top ending, the film is charming and entertaining.
Video: (1080p, 2.35:1) The picture looks vibrant and lively for only taking place inside a trailer home.
Audio: (Dolby TrueHD 5.1) Very nice sound levels throughout BREATHLESS.
Audio Commentary: Writer/Director Jesse Baget and Producer Christine Holder give a frank and direct commentary about their film. This is a must for anyone who really liked BREATHLESS.
Making of Breathless (15:15): This featurette is a fairly detailed discussion about nearly every aspect of the film’s production.