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Erased (Blu-ray Review)

1 Aug, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Anchor Bay
$22.98 DVD, $26.99
Rated ‘R’ for violence.
Stars Aaron Eckhart, Olga Kurylenko, Liana Liberato.

Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) is an ex-CIA operative who is trying to be a dad to his estranged teenage daughter while working as a security engineer for a corporation in Belgium. Life soon gets more complicated for the reconciling daddy and daughter when all evidence of Logan’s life is erased, thereby sending him and Amy (Liana Liberato) on the fight for their lives.

Amy is especially taken by surprise when she sees her father pulling off death-defying feats and turning into a heartless killing machine. It quickly becomes kill or be killed, and Amy, in several instances, rises to the occasion to help her dad thwart the bad guys (when not overreacting to relatively trivial concerns).

Soon, Logan learns that all his co-workers have died, and the father-daughter team embarks on a multi-country crusade to stay alive while also uncovering a slightly confusing cover-up conspiracy.

Erased’s impact as a fast-paced spy thriller is diminished by a predictable plotline, at times making me feel like I was watching pieces of similar movies haphazardly thrown into the mix to form the script (with obvious similarities to Taken, among others).

Eckhart, however, is unstoppable in this tough-guy role. Although too whiny at times, Liberato manages to leave an impression, while the beautiful Olga Kurylenko gives a commendable performance as Anna Brandt, Logan’s former colleague and possible former flame.

A brisk behind-the-scenes featurette is the lone extra on the disc but is worthwhile.

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