Monday, 21 January 2019

DVD Review: The Oath


Released this month to DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the dark-comedy The Oath (Rated R; 93 minutes).

Ike Barinholtz wrote, produced, and directed the movie, as well as starring a the main character. The film also stars Tiffany Haddish, Nora Dunn, Chris Ellis, Jon Barinholtz, Meredith Hagner, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, and John Cho.

Set in a way-too-realistic future, the plot involves the United States President making the citizens sign a “The Patriot’s Oath," which means you have to vow to stay loyal to the President, no matter what he does. Despite objections, almost everyone citizen has signs the oath; well, except for Chris and Kai (played by Barinholts and Haddish), a suburban couple.

While hosting Thanksgiving dinner for their family, two government agents (played by Cho and Magnussen) arrive at their home to bully them into singing the oath. The deadline for the "The Patriot's Oath" is the very next day, Black Friday, and the agents are there to make sure they sign the oath! However, things don't go as planned, which results in Chris and family taking the agents hostage.

Special Features include:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 2 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
    • "Fake News or Facts"
    • "Turkey Day Trauma"
  • Photo Gallary
  • Theatrical Trailer

Final Thoughts

I don't ever recall seeing one advertisement for The Oath when it was released to theatres last year, so I wasn't aware of the film until it was released to DVD this month. At first glance, it looks like a fun Thanksgiving comedy, but it's the complete opposite. Instead, it's a dark political satire with bland humor, bad acting, cringeworthy dialogue, and horrible directing.

Why in the world would a film studio want to greenlit a movie like this?

I understand the plot does resemble our current political environment; but the film just isn't funny! There were times I wanted to poke my eyes out just so I couldn't finish watching this film. However since I did receive the DVD to review specifically for this blog, I forced myself to watch this godawful movie!

To sum things up - The Oath is single-handedly the worst movie ever made!!

*Note - I received a review copy from the studio.
All opinions are my own!

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