The Movie: 3/10
I did not like this movie. I did grin a few times and even cracked a full smile about 1.5 times, but that’s it for the interaction between it and my movie watching brain. Don’t get me wrong, it serves its purpose. It’s a semi-wacky comedy with little to know substance, a lot of low-level jokes, and a hot woman in high heels. That really does sum it up.
We meet our pair of women, one a rich spoiled diva, the other a stuffy uptight law enforcement officer, in the midst of a crime or a set up or something else that is not interesting at all. They are thrown together, of course, as the odd couple who now have to make their way to somewhere else while someone chases them down. Yea, you can hear the tone in my voice, right? Boring, bored, blah, uninteresting, these words come to mind. You know what? I’ll tell you the 2 things wrong wrong wrong with this movie. First, the story is so generic and has NO heart. It’s all about servicing this lame idea of two very different women in peril on a road trip of sorts….oh, it’s a pursuit according to the name of the movie. Second, poorly written dialog, crappy jokes, vapid characters, etc., all leading to the conclusion that the writing is poor quality.
I can’t forgive the directing though, it’s mundane and the person at the helm did not get good performances, good editing, good pacing, none of the things that a director should be guiding.
I do like Vigara, and Witherspoon is fair, but they do not rise to the level they have in other projects, so lower your expectations. The rest of the cast is seriously unmentionable, or forgettable might be a better word.
If you laugh at underwear “jokes”, watch it and enjoy. Drink a six-pack and have some heavy cheese based foods before pushing play, that way you are dozy and cozy and anything you watch will entertain you.
- The Womance (3 Minutes) – A short EPK style featurette focusing on Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara’s onscreen companionship. Director Anne Fletcher also gets to goof around on set.
- Hot Pursuit Say What (4 Minutes) – Remember the Lineorama featurettes you get on a Judd Apatow Blu-Ray. Well this is that but worse.
- Action Like A Lady (2 Minutes) – This showed some promise as the stunts in the movie are quite good, then 2 minutes later it’s over.
- Alternate Ending (2 Minutes) – Not really a different ending just a collection of interviews that would have been inserted at the end of the movie.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 2/10
Nope. I would not have this poster in any form in my house.
Audio & Video: 8/10
For such a vanilla comedy playing to the lowest common denominator the Blu-Ray release is quite a looker. Using the AVC 1080P codec and presented in 2.40:1 aspect ratio Hot Pursuit looks as lovely as the leading ladies. Fine detail on faces is present in all scenes and color saturation and shadow detail always impress. There are a few noisy instances during the night-time scenes but those are a source issue not a fault of the transfer.
The 5.1 DTS-HD MA sound mix is aggressive and punchy. Surround speakers convey a lot of the action and sometimes subtle details take place in the rear of the room. LFE channels come alive during the film’s music soundtrack and dialog is central and never muffled. Hot Pursuit might not be my kind of movie but Warner’s presentation does not fail to impress.
Overall Score 3/10