Lucky Day (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Roger Avary
STARRING: Nina Dobrev, Crispin Glover, Luke Bracey
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Lionsgate Films
Red, a safe cracker who has just been released from prison, is trying to hold his family together as his past catches up with him in the form of Luc, a psychopathic contract killer who’s seeking revenge for the death of his brother.
Lucky Day is in some ways Roger Avary’s comeback movie. And in some ways, it works and in some other ways, it doesn’t. Coming from a director who made two movies I love in The Rules of Attraction and Killing Zoe, I had a lot of expectations heading into this one. I mean, after all, this is the same guy that helped write Pulp Fiction. The story that follows is bloody, a bit whacky, and packs some very interesting characters. It doesn’t always work to the best of the movie but it does make you laugh from time to time. I don’t think I ever had a question as to how this one would end but how we would eventually get there was still on the table until nearly the ending. We’re not anywhere near the scale of Killing Zoe or Rules of Attraction but I didn’t dislike what we see here and in some ways, this is a movie with a distant cousin type relation to Killing Zoe.
So you get some moments of good dialogue here. You get some cool moments as well. But you also get some bad CGI moments on top of all of that and that can sort of leave a bad taste in your mouth just a bit. I like violence as much as the next guy but we’re almost at an old 2000’s Asian splatter movie level of bad when someone’s head gets shot off and it turns into a CGI mess for a moment. Outside of that and a somewhat weird ending sequence that runs into the credits I didn’t really have any major issues with Lucky Day that I found to make the movie unwatchable by any means. I don’t think, however, that Avery’s writing skills have aged as well as his old pal’s QT and it shows here with this when you compare the two’s most recent movies.
– Audio Commentary by director Roger Avary
– Making of Featurette
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 96%