Saturday, 3 October 2015

Blu-ray Review: SPY

Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart and Allison Janney
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 120 minutes, 130 minutes (uncut)
Rating: R
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available to own on Blu-ray and Digital HD is this summer's action-comedy SPY. Directed by Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids), the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart and Allison Janney.

The single disc includes both the theatrical and the unrated versions of the film. Special Features includes 3 Redacted Scenes, 15 Classifed Alternate Scenes, 2 Top Secret Gag Reels, Cutting Room Floor Outtakes including Susan and Her Man, The Great Rick Ford, For Your Eyes Only: Jokes-A-Plenty, How SPY Was Made: 8 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes Commentary, Director of Intelligence Feig Makes the Cast Do His Bidding, Super Villain Rayna Can’t Keep it Together, Super Vermin, The Many Deaths of Anton, The Trouble With The Covers, The Handsy World of Spies, Speaking is an Art Form, Super Villains of the Animal World, Gallery and the The Filmmakers Tell You How Spy Was Made While You Watch The Movie! aka The Commentary Track (Jessie Henderson, John Vecchio, Paul Feig, Robert Yeoman, Walter Garcia).

SPY centers on the CIA analyst Susan Cooper (played by McCarthy), who witness the presumed death of CIA Agent Bradley Fine (played by Jude Law), through the camera that is built into his contact lenses while he was on a mission in Varna. While Cooper has never been on a field mission before, she has been Fine's partner for years and she has developed a crush on him.

Fine's murderer is Rayna (played by Rose Byrne), the daughter of Tihomir Boyanov, and she knows the identities of all the CIA's top agents.

Wanting revenge, Cooper volunteers to go to Paris and track down Sergio De Luca (played by Bobby Cannavale). Her mission was to watch and report back to her boss Elaine Crocker (played by Allison Janney), but things don't go exactly as planned as CIA Agent Rick Ford (played by Jason Statham) is also on the hunt for De Luca and he bumps heads with Cooper.

To make a long story short, Susan must travel to Rome and take another identity as she meets Rayna. Eventually, Cooper becomes her bodyguard as well as her best-friend CIA analyst Nancy (played Miranda Hart). Now she's too deep undercover. She must find away to stop Rayna and retrieve a suitcase nuke.

I'm not a fan of Melissa McCarthy. She was decent she played on Gilmore Girls, but she has played one annoying vuglar character after the next since then. As for director Paul Feig, I hated Bridesmaids, but I thought The Heat was alright, which McCarthy starred in both of them. My only reasoning for watching SPY is because I'm a fan of Jason Statham action movies.

SPY is basically a spoof of the James Bonds films and it involves a simple of plot of McCarthy going undercover to locate a nuclear bomb. Surprisingly, her character is not as annoying as the ones she's played in the past. Actually, her character is likeable. As for Statham, the film gives him the chance to try out comedy and he does a decent job at it. I was surprised to find the British Actress Miranda Hart, from Call The Midwife, in this flick as McCarthy's friend. She does a delightfully job and steals several scenes. This is a rated-R film, so expect plenty of f-bombs throughout it. Now please take note that I didn't watch the theatrical version, but instead I watched the uncut version, so I'm not for sure if the original one has the unneeded and unfunny graphic nudity scene, which should have been deleted from the movie. Overall, SPY has a few laughs here & there and is entertaining for the most part.

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

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