Term Life

Featured In Issue 208, July/August 2016

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In Term Life, a heist planned by Nick Borrow (Vaughn) goes horribly wrong, and heís framed for a drug lordís sonís murder. As a result, he and his estranged daughter Cate (Steinfeld) are hunted by a vengeful mob boss and dirty cops. On the run with his feisty daughter, Nick must expose the enemies who set him up before they track down and kill him. Having taken out a million-dollar life insurance policy to help Cate, Nick also has to stay alive until the policy kicks in or he finds a way to clear his name. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette A Family Affair (HD 02:39), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is generally natural in appearance, but lighting effects at times distort the imagery. As such, the imagery is rather inconsistent in quality. The color palette is generally pleasing and can be naturally hued. The flashback segments are purposely stylized for effect. This is true for fleshtones as well. Contrast is at times well balanced with deep blacks and shadow detail. Resolution is revealing during close-ups but a bit soft otherwise. Overall, the picture is pleasing but inconsistent in quality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is pretty much frontal focused, with the surround activated at generally low levels. Sound effects, such as gunfire and a truck explosion, heighten the dynamics and engage the surrounds. Atmospherics are generally realistic but still frontal focused. The music score is nicely supportive and at times energizes the surrounds and also delivers .1 LFE heft. Dialogue is intelligible but often wanting in spatial integration, but Vaughnís narration is nicely balanced. Overall, this is a mediocre soundtrack for a thriller. (Gary Reber)