Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Blu-ray Review - The Heat

The Heat
Director: Paul Feif
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Day: October 15, 2013
Running Time: 117 minutes
Rating: R


This summer's box-office hit "The Heat" starring Oscar Winner Sandra Bullock and Oscar Nominee Melissa McCarthy was released to Blu-Ray & DVD today, including the unrated cut version exclusively to Blu-ray with over 2 hours of funny extras - Mullins Family Fun; Von Bloopers; Deleted, Alternated & Extended Scenes; Acting Master Class; and 5 commentaries including director Paul Feig and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

The director of "Bridesmaids" brings us the only summer film with women as the leading roles. The Heat stars Sandra Bullock as an uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn; despite being a skilled investigator, her arrogant attitude keeps getting in her way. She takes an assignment in Boston to track down a ruthless kingpin known as Larkin in the hope of being promoted.

Ashburn teams up with a foulmouthed Boston detective Shannon Mullins (played by Melissa McCarthy), which the two don't exactly hit it off, as Ashburn is more by-the-book, while Mullins is more about action. As they investigate, they realize Mullin's own recently-released-from-prison brother, Jason, is connected to Larkin.

Ashburn and Mullins must work out their differences, if they plan on capturing Larkin.

I thought the movie Bridesmaids was overly-hyped and just plain distasteful, so I wasn't expecting much for Paul Feig's next outing, The Heat. Plus, I'm not the biggest fan of Sandra Bullock and I haven't cared for anything with Melissa McCarthy since she starred in the television series Gilmore Girls. That being said, my expectations were pretty low when I started watching the movie late last night. To my surprise, I laughed all the way through it, mostly due to McCarthy stealing every scene. Like I said above, I'm not a fan of Bullock, but she does a great job playing a stiff FBI Agent, who finally loosens up toward the end of the film. Yes, there is some persuasive language throughout, similar to the 21 Jump Street reboot, but I found most of it to be funny. Overall, The Heat may be a little predictable, but the buddy chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy makes up for it.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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