R Dir: John Inwood | Image Entertainment | 92 min.
Review By: Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012
Plot: What’s it about?
Alex (Heather Graham) had a good job, a relationship, and a future that seemed quite bright. But now she finds herself in a court mandated anger management program. Her bad luck started when she was downsized at work, then went home to find her man sleeping with another woman, which led her to punch a stranger over a blouse that was on sale. At least she has found some friends however, as she strikes up a bond with the other scorned women in the group. At a bar one night after a session, one woman’s husband bursts in drunk and slaps her. As Alex drives her new friends home, they see the husband on the road and on impulse, run him off the road. This causes the man to fly off the a cliff and explode in a fiery blast. This act of vengeance might have been a bad idea, but soon other betrayed women begin to contact the group. At the same time, Alex starts to date the lead investigator on the dead husband case…
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, right? The theme of “wronged woman” has led to some remarkable movies, but it also spawned some less than remarkable ones. Sadly, ExTerminators fails to explore the subject beyond sheer rage and revenge, which leads to a dull experience. This movie only runs 92 minutes, but it feels like three times that duration. The blame is squarely laid on the writer, who refuses to focus on the core of relationships. No, that would let us relate to her characters, so instead we have a mess of poorly written gibberish. You can’t fault the cast, as the leads perform well, given the material involved. You can only do so much to polish this kind of disaster though. ExTerminators has a concept with potential, but the writing never makes us want to care and drags on at a snail’s pace. So even if you’ve just been dumped and looking to vent, you can find better entries in this genre, so skip ExTerminators.
Video: How does it look?
ExTerminators is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer is solid, but never really dazzles. I mean, detail is better than a DVD of course, but the depth isn’t remarkable. The visuals are clean and clear though, with accurate contrast and bright colors throughout. I just wish the image popped a little more, but it still looks quite good.
Audio: How does it sound?
A DTS HD 5.1 option is present, but the audio is simple and never memorable. This is a dialogue driven comedy, so the only real element on showcase is well, dialogue. The vocals are clear and suffer from no volume issues however, so that’s great news. The rest of the audio sounds fine, just forgettable.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a gag reel, as well as the film’s trailer.
- (1.85:1) Aspect Ratio
- Video Codec: AVC
- Audio: DTS HD Master
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy
- 1 Disc Set