Featured In Issue 240, June 2019

WSR Score2.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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In "Backtrace," the lone surviving thief of a violent armored-car robbery is sprung from a high-security facility and administered an experimental drug. After suffering a brain injury from the bank-heist gone wrong, Macdonald (Modine) develops amnesia and is put into a prison psychiatric ward. Following his seventh year of evaluation, he is coerced by an inmate (Guzman) and a ward doctor (Williams) to break out of prison and with the injected serum, he is forced to relive the life he's forgotten. Macdonald must now elude a local detective (Stallone), a tough FBI agent (McDonald), and the drug's dangerous side effects in order to recover the stolen money, all while confronting his past. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 05:58), cast and crew interviews (HD 20:49), a trailer, a gallery, upfront previews, and a digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is noisy throughout, and the imagery exhibits an overall soft focus with close-up incidents that reveal better detail. Contrast is decent, though, in darker scenes noise is apparent. Color fidelity is not exact, as for naturalness, with memory-recall segments significantly muted. Fleshtones appear varied throughout from natural to flush red. This is basically a mediocre picture that carries the story but not stunningly. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is frontal focused but with an enveloping presence that is made up with atmospherics, sound effects, and the orchestral score. The envelopment is aggressive, though, not discretely directonalized. Sound effects deliver good dynamics such as powerful gunfire, and bass extension in the .1 LFE channels provides a satisfying foundation to the soundtrack. Dialogue is generally integrated spatially with the other sound elements. Overall, the soundtrack delivers satisfying dynamics and a holosonic® envelopment. (Gary Reber)