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Pawn [Blu-ray + DVD]

Forest Whitaker , Michael Chiklis    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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Academy Award- winner Forest Whitaker and Golden Globe- winner Michael Chiklis reunite for the first time since "The Shield" for the most gripping crime thriller of the year: An all-night diner. A cop walks in on a robbery in progress. But what happens next - and what happened just before - will change everything you think you know. Now the building is surrounded. There are fingers on every trigger. And one very intense hostage situation is about to take some extremely shocking twists. Common, Stephen Lang, Nikki Reed, Jessica Szohr and Ray Liotta co-star in this shotgun blast of a drama about last chances, double-crosses and a deadly game of dirty deals where anyone can be a PAWN.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Plot.I Love It. Aug. 25 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm blown away by this gem of a movie, and the plot was dam good for what it is,
Michael Chikls ever since the [Comish years ago]you have been nothing but bad
and i love it,it suit you to a tee and nobody can take that away from you,
Great Little Plot.I Love It.
Widescreen 2.40:1
Dolby True HD 5.1
DVD Dolby Digital 5.1
Runtime 88 minutes.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  79 reviews
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deliciously Plotted Movie April 14 2013
By Michael B. Druxman - Published on Amazon.com
Give an actor a good role and he'll do it for "nothing".

That axiom certainly applies to the cast of PAWN, a 2013 thriller, now available in a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Shot in fifteen days, primarily on a single set and location, PAWN is a low budget tense drama, filled with unexpected plot twists, that features not inexpensive actors like Michael Chiklis, Stephen Lang, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Sean Faris and Forest Whitaker in memorable key roles.

To reveal much about the plot would lead to spoilers, so let's just say that it revolves around the hold-up of an all-night diner that goes terribly wrong. Indeed, just when you think that you've got everything figured out, the scene shifts backward or forward in time, and you are, once again, left wondering. PAWN, directed by David A. Armstrong from Jay Anthony White's well-crafted screenplay, is one of those deliciously plotted movies, like THE USUAL SUSPECTS, that demands a second viewing.

Chiklis, who co-produced the picture, is particularly powerful as the leader of the hold-up crew. Also making a strong impression is Stephen Lang, playing the diner's manager and, in a relatively brief role, Liotta, who has a mesmerizing metaphoric moment.

Suggestion: If you can avoid watching the trailer for PAWN before seeing the movie, do so. Like so many trailers these days, this one reveals too much of the plot and, as previously suggested, that can spoil the enjoyment of the picture itself.

The Blu-Ray/DVD contains a "Making of" featurette.

© Michael B. Druxman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Cast But a Typical Heist Story June 19 2013
By tvtv3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
PAWN is basically a heist movie that takes place in a small urban diner late one night. A group of thugs take over the diner in what seems to be a simple "bag it and run" operation. It soon becomes apparent that the leader of the group has an agenda different from the men working under him. In the midst of it all is a man named Nick (Sean Faris), a recently released convict seeking to keep his life in order. Nick wants nothing more than to return home to his wife and get on living with his life. However, he soon becomes a pawn involved in a game much larger than any he has ever played.

PAWN features a stellar cast that includes such heavyweights as Nikki Reed, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, and Stephen Lang. Considering this is an extremely low budget movie filmed in just fifteen days, the cast list is rather impressive.

Part of the plot of the movie is revealed through a series of flashbacks that reveal a different part of the story told from the perspective of a different character (think RASHOMON or VANTAGE POINT). I occasionally enjoy this style of storytelling in movies and I liked how it was used in PAWN. Unfortunately, the device is thrown away about halfway through the movie and the last part of the movie is told in a more linear fashion.

Upon initially watching PAWN, I didn't think I was going to like it. The first few scenes left me disoriented and I wasn't sure what type of movie I was watching; I thought it was going to be a kind of heist movie, but after the first couple of scenes I thought I was watching some trippy time travel flick like DONNIE DARKO. However, once I got further along, I really started to enjoy the movie and began trying to unravel the tangled threads of the story myself. Although there are far better heist movies out there, PAWN is a better movie than I thought it would be and I'm glad I watched it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Day Afternoon meets Memento April 27 2013
By J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Knowing that Pawn was released directly to DVD, my expectations weren't too high, but the cast looked very solid, so I invested an hour and a half in the movie. I don't regret it a bit. This was a barnburner of a story, with plenty of blood but nothing too gory, and a surprise twist around every corner. Like other nonlinear films, the scenes are shown out of sequence, but unlike some of those films, it's never hopelessly confusing. I didn't have to watch it again to figure out what really happened.

The cast made the story work so well. Michael Chiklis was superb as a vicious gangster holding up a late-night diner (and check out his great British accent). Forest Whitaker is the cop who comes in to play a little chess with the manager. He catches on to the robbers, all hell breaks loose, and the scene suddenly shifts to a hospital room where Ray Liotta is questioning a patient who was in the diner. And in my opinion, this may be Liotta's finest performance since Goodfellas.

What you think you see isn't always what's really happening, which makes Pawn a fun film to watch, with all the twists that are thrown at you. And sometimes it's impossible to separate the good guys from the bad as the body count rises.

Pawn is a fine film with a marvelous cast and some of the most suspenseful action I've seen in a while. Also, don't miss the Behind the Scenes special feature, where the actors talk about their roles. It's worth watching, especially the revelation that the film was shot in only fifteen days.

Rated "R" for violence, brief use of cocaine, and plenty of F-bombs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Look Else where. Aug. 9 2013
By Daniel E Hoagland - Published on Amazon.com
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Big Names which you would think would lead to a better movie. But this movie proved that theory false. I do not get why M.Chiklis had an irish accent? I never really got used to it and found it to be completely strange. The movie is slow paced and the acting is sub par.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible B Movie Ending Aug. 5 2013
By FuzzyJock - Published on Amazon.com
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without spoiling the ending....talk about anticlimactic. All this build up for a whole lot of meh..If you were to compare it to the plot twists of the usual suspects this movie is the complete polar opposite. Ben Stiller's brother was amazing with his flock of seagulls haircut. What was with selling the movie on Forest Whittaker's coat tails? And by the way I don't care who you are if you get shot by a police sniper rifle you are not going to be doing much of anything !!! except going to the hospital. We want our money back!!
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