DVD Review: Boiler Room
by Alex Keen
Published: July 18, 2000
USA, 2000 - New Line Cinema - 119 minutes
Directed by Ben Younger
Giovanni Ribisi as Seth Davis
Vin Diesel as Chris Varick
Ben Affleck as Jim
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I went to the local store today. Grabbed the winter blockbuster (er... ok so thats a lie) known as Boiler Room. Starring many of Hollywood's younger leading men, it was supposedly on the shelf for some time prior to its release. However, with the growing "star power" of Ben Affleck and Giovanni Ribisi helped justify a decent marketing campaign from New Line.
Now to the movie.
Film Rating: 6 out of 10
The major problem I had was interest. Being an avid fan of moving markets, I was happy to see that the filmmakers did not dumb down the market too much, but the chracters were just way to hollow for me. Giovanni, normally a great actor, has no emotional believability. He cries, and boy was I depressed. It was so unrealistic it made the movie move much slower than I had hoped. I got really annoyed. Ending... also no so thrilling. Overall sort of fun, but really not worth recommending.
Trailer: 7 out of 10
Would never have seen this movie if the trailer hadn't been so succesful into duping me into thinking it really had cinematic tension.
Deleted Scense: 7 out of 10
Most of these (especially 1st and last) were better than the actual movie.
A/V Quality: 6 out of 10
Some nice loud sound poppings, but the transfer left some things to be desired. Plenty of spotting.
Overall: 6 out of 10