After a well-orchestrated heist and a dead bank manager, the FBI is brought in to solve the case. Special Agent in charge Montgomery and Agent Stockwell, Special Agent Chase, and a rookie named Special Agent Wells are running the investigation but local officer Mims removes some key evidence and it gives the criminals a 9-hour head start. With all of the chaos and violence happening, you can see that this isn’t just a one-time thing.
MARAUDERS is directed by Steven C. Miller who has made a few films and has some upcoming projects as well. The tone of this film is all over the place. There’s a heist, murder, the procedural, criminals with an agenda so it never locks down on one single tone or genre. Also, all of the characters backstories are superficial and don’t ever feel fleshed out. The filmmakers give a small amount to the audience but not enough to carry the story. The leads in the film are definitely Christopher Meloni, Adrian Grenier, and Johnathon Schaech. Bruce Willis is arguably the biggest star in the film but his character is way underused. I was expecting him to be one of the cops or FBI but he is just a businessman.
Christopher Meloni – Agent Jonathan Montgomery
Bruce Willis – Jeffrey Hubert
Dave Bautista – Stockwell
Adrian Grenier – Wells
Texas Battle – T. J. Jackson
Johnathon Schaech – Mims
The film transfer is a 1080p AVC presentation.
The images on the screen come through clearly in this digitally filmed movie. One of the looks that the filmmakers were trying to convey is thick contrasting with heavy blacks and distinct lines. You can see this from the very start of the film. They come off as inky but there are a few instances of crushing. As for the coloring, there is a greyish tone that washes out any strong hues. The coloring has no effect on the sharpness of details because they are sharp.
The audio is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix.
With the audio having an array of parts to it, the different parts of the sound are treated equal. The dialogue is clear and natural. Even when someone gets emotional and raises their voice, it doesn’t get distorted. There are some moments where the LFEs really hit hard, especially in the opening robbery but they don’t happen often. The audio fills the most of the channels at certain points but the mix really feels center channel centric.
-Audio Commentary: Director Steven C. Miller and Cinematographer Brandon Cox
-The Making of Marauders
1 Blu-ray Disc
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
MARAUDERS is one of those movies that can’t decide what genre or style it wants to focus on. There are some very cool moments like the bank scenes show precision and good editing but the plot creates weird layers of story that don’t really go together at times. The release has a clean picture and a decent mix. The extras included are on the lighter side but do include a making of featurette. If you like a heist film, check this one out but maybe give it a rent first.