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Son of No One, The (Blu-ray Review)

19 Feb, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 2/21/12
Anchor Bay
Box Office $0.03 million
$26.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo
Rated ‘R’ for violence, pervasive language and brief disturbing sexual content.
Stars Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, James Ransone, Juliette Binoche, Tracy Morgan.

With enough star power to guarantee appeal at retail and rental channels, crime drama The Son of No One fires a few blanks.

It’s post-9/11 and taciturn NYPD officer Jonathan White (Channing Tatum) lives a quiet suburban life with his wife (Katie Holmes) and young daughter, all the while harboring guilt from killing two punks as a kid growing up in the Queensboro projects.

That calm is broken when White and his wife begin receiving letters and menacing phone calls about the 1986 murder of two crack addicts in Queensburo — crimes the police apparently did little or nothing to investigate.

The editor of a local fictional newspaper (oddly cast French Oscar winner Juliette Binoche) publishes the same letters and plans to write a cover story alleging a police cover-up — a premise that doesn’t sit well with White’s commander and wannabe NYPD chief (ever effective Ray Liotta).

Not to spoil the story, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect White to the killings, which are explained in haphazard flashbacks involving NYPD detective Charles Stanford (an aging Al Pacino) interviewing a young White (Jake Cherry), his friend and neighbor Vincent (talented Brian Gilbert) and understated Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) as the older Vincent.

Stanford’s partner, of course, was White’s deceased father — a bond that is at the heart of the story. The Son of No One offers a compelling backdrop into the craziness of police work in the Big Apple. The plot, unfortunately, offers few surprises, nor does the film offer memorable performances.

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