The Son of No One is a cop thriller with a familiar plot we’ve seen in a lot of films of this type, involving a young officer trying to do his job and getting caught up in what may or may not be a conspiracy linked to his past. But like most movies, the director, Dito Montiel, who also wrote the book of the same name the movie is based on, does his best to try and put a new spin on it and create an engaging story. And despite the cast involved, it doesn’t quite work out.
Channing Tatum stars as Jonathan White, a cop who works hard to provide for his wife, Kerry (Katie Holmes), and their ailing daughter. He ends up being assigned to a precinct in the Queens neighborhood where he grew up. White does his best to keep his life on track, but then new information from on old unsolved murder comes to light, thanks to an anonymous source. With the possibility of a police cover-up involved, a chain of events is set off that rattles the neighborhood and brings back old secrets that could destroy White’s family.
One thing the film has going for it is that it has a decent cast, which includes Al Pacino (who is usually good in anything he does) and Ray Liotta, both of whom are no strangers to crime thrillers. We even got Tracy Morgan in a rather serious role, outside the screwball comedies he usually does. And Tatum does prove his ability to do a wide range of work, thanks to his roles in action films like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and romantic dramas like his most recent film, The Vow.
Still, we are working with familiar territory here, and in the end, it’s a poor result. Like many “cover-up-thriller” movies, you get the sense that the main character is involved right off the bat, as well as who may be the one tipping off the police. In other words, it’s predictable. Flashbacks seem to be used way too much, and there isn’t any real sense of suspense or tension, even when someone is shot and killed. Having seen films like Seven and Heat, I tend to like a little more meat on my cop thrillers, as well as a bit more mystery to spice things up.
The video quality of this movie isn’t too bad. It’s in 1080p, but not exactly the absolute best for HD viewing. Still, it is watchable, with only a few slight instances of film grain here and there, which I suppose could be one way of adding to the effect of this being a cop thriller. Doesn’t help the story, but it does to add to the effect.
Son of No One comes with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track that handles the track very well. Negative points for no 7.1 track. A front heavy load that the center channel will get just as much work as the towers. The sub gets plenty of attention during gun shots when they rattle out with quality. Overall a fine track for this blu-ray, but for those with 7.1 setups it’ll lack in that regard.
The supplements were extremely week only showing 3 small extended scenes and the trailers from before the film.
I heard this movie got a lot of hype prior to its release at Sundance, but ended up falling short. I can see why. Still, if you like Pacino, you might get a kick out of this, and it has a heavy plot but the ending kind of falls short. Video quality and audio quality however are good so if you’re interested in this flick then give it a chance.