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Madso's War - mystery and suspense DVD / crime drama DVD / thriller DVD / action DVD review
MADSO'S WAR Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 2 1/2 stars
Actors: Matthew Marsden, Timothy V. Murphy, Kevin Chapman, Brian Donahue, David Patrick Kelly
Director: dir. Chris Bertolini   Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
DVD release: 06 September 2011   Runtime: 84 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital 5.1), Subtitles (Spanish)

*Modern Family: The Complete Second Season* From screenwriter Christopher Bertolini (who wrote 1999's The General's Daughter and more recently Battle: Los Angeles) comes a real guy film in Madso's War. The movie stars Matthew Marsden (Black Hawk Down, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) as Mike "Madso" Madden, the leader of a crew of small-time criminals on the tough, gritty backstreets of Boston.

The plot is so paper thin that it's not worth discussing; better to just rent it and watch. But much like a Steven Segal or Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, you aren't looking for plot or expecting Masterpiece Theatre.

*Modern Family: The Complete Second Season* What the movie does deliver is lots of gunfire, some nudity, a couple of love scenes, tough street talk, gangsters, corrupt cops, and enough gory violence to satisfy anyone who like over-the-top crime films. It also has the classic voice-over device used in mob classics like Casino and Goodfellas.

Since this film is set in Boston, a more apropos comparison would be with The Departed (which it is not even remotely close to being) or the more recent film Ben Affleck film The Town (2010). If anything, Madso's war could be described as the poor man's The Town, to which it is more similar to than any of the other aforementioned films.

The disc is barebones - no extras except a Spanish subtitle. This isn't a great film by any stretch of the imagination, or a thinking man's film; it has no illusions of being cerebral. It's a guy film, for those who just want to watch stuff happen without thinking too hard. With a runtime of only eighty-four minutes, it doesn't drag. I'll give it that, it does move at a pretty fair pace; you won't be bored - something is always happening.
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