Washington Spotlight Collection (2007)
Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Jodie Foster, Wesley Snipes,
14A to R.
time: 118 - 146 mins.
Oscar-winner Denzil Washington (Glory, Training Day) is a
dependable leading man who brings conviction and authority
to every role he plays.
fine 4-DVD set contains some of his best performances - particularly
The Hurricane, in which Washington plays Rubin "Hurricane"
Carter, the real-life boxer who spent 20 years in jail for
a murder he didn't commit. This is a moving portrayal that
earned Washinton a "Best Actor" nomination.
critics were surprisingly lukewarm about The Bone Collector
(1999), in which Washington took on the challenging role of
forensic police expert Lincoln Rhyme, confined to his apartment
bed after being paralysed by a falling object during an investigation.
Queen Latifah is the attentive nurse who brings him back from
the brink of death several times as his seizures grow worse.
planning to take his own life, Rhyme is goaded back into finding
a reason to live when former colleagues, baffled by a grisly
double murder, come looking for help. Of particular interest
to Rhyme is the rookie cop (Angelina Jolie) who does all the
right things after arriving on the scene first, collecting
evidence that might have been lost.
Using her as his eyes, ears and hands, Rhyme agrees to help
track down a killer who soon adds more victims. It's a tense
story that fans of the whodunnit genre will enjoy.
recent flick here is Inside Man (2006), an unusual story about
a bank robbery. British actor Clive Owen plays the leader
of the robbers who appear to be in no hurry to escape from
a New York bank after taking bank staff and customers hostage.
the investigation for Det. Keith Frazier is the role of
a power broker played by Jodie Foster. She's acting on behalf
of the bank president (Christopher Plummer), a man with
a dark secret locked away in the vaults.
Better Blues (1990), the enjoyable story of s a jazz trumpeter
searching for harmony in his career and love life completes
a very solid set. There are no extra features.