Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 14th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: Netherlands, 2014
Director: Joram Lürsen
Writer: Frank Ketelaar
Cast: Tygo Gernandt, Marwan Kenzari, Sarah Chronis
DVD released: July 14th, 2015
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Dutch, Dolby Digital Stereo Dutch
DVD Release: Artsploitation Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99
Synopsis: The daughter of a wealthy businessman is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Though the majority of remakes are not much more than an easy way to create product that has a built in audience. With the most glaring instances being Hollywood’s adaptations of a foreign cinema. And not to be overlooked are the remakes outside Hollywood that by the time they have made the leap from script to screen they are no longer direct adaptations. These facsimiles of success films once thrived during height of Italian genre cinema, the 1960’s and 1970’s. This practice still exists to a lesser extent today with Bollywood cinema, which takes a popular film from Hollywood and gives it a Hindi makeover. With that being said, it is not as often that one hears of film from the UK being remade by European country and this case said country is the Netherlands. Case in point Reckless, a Dutch remake of a British thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed.
Content wise Reckless is essentially a mirror image of the aforementioned The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Both films revolve around three characters, two masked abductors and their target a girl who comes from a wealthy family. And even the way the narrative unfolds is very similar. Fortunately Reckless incorporates a few well-conceived changes that slightly alter the story at hand. Needless to say revealing much more about this film’s inner workings would lessen its impact.
Another way that Reckless sets itself apart from its predecessor are on the strength of its cast’s performances, especially Sarah Chronis in the role of the young woman who has been abducted and is being held for ransom.
Trying to create something new and all the while trying to retain the essence of what made the original source so potent is never an easy task. And though there are bound to be those to quickly write this remake off due to its ability to invoke a sense of déjà vu. Ultimately it is those who go into Reckless with no preconceived notions who are going to get the most mileage out of this film.
Artsploitation Films presents Reckless in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and details look crisp. There are no issues with compression, DNR is kept in check and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Dutch and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Dutch. And removable English subtitle shave also been included with this release. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced. Also the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented throughout both audio mixes.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film and trailers for other films also available from Artsploitation Films. Overall Reckless gets a solid audio / video presentation from Artsploitation Films.