Mr. and Mrs. Smith

DVD Reviews | Nov 27th, 2005

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Starring Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Keith David
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Directed By: Doug Liman
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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The movie everyone was talking about, and before the movie even was in theaters, is now available to own on DVD. Box office smash starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, in which many might think is where the secretive Hollywood couple met. An action-comedy filled with explosions, sexiness, Brad, Angelina, and a little of Vince Vaughn, thrown into a tepid action film.

John and Jane Smith were married for about five or six years. They have the stereotypical marriage, ya know, live in the suburbs, big house with white picket fence, and come home every night; sit down to a nice home cooked meal. What they don’t know is that each work for organizations dealing with assassins. Both lead lives that are quite similar but to their knowledge so far, it was different. Different jobs, and made up stories about what they do all day each lead them to believe they are this so called “happy couple”. In reality, they have been both miserable with each other. When they stumble upon one another out in the desert on an assignment, which each are assigned to protect/kill a client, the bosses order them to take out the person who botched the job, which is to kill each of their spouses. Also, they realize they have been both living a lie. After many attempts to try and carry out their orders, they find that they are more attracted to each other now than ever, with them both sharing similar interests in extreme violence and weaponry. Vince Vaughn co-stars as Eddie, friend and coworker of Brad Pitt’s Character John. He provides the comic relief and is used less than I had hoped for, but still provides the only laughs of this action-comedy.

If you are looking for a solid story, than Mr. and Mrs. Smith is not the film for you. Filled with exhaustive action sequences and never-ending explosions, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s chemistry is strong in the film, but that still doesn’t make me care about either one of them. The story doesn’t really bring you up to speed of their relationship in the beginning of the film. Rather, it goes right at it, with the present story, briefly filling the viewer in on what is going on in between gunfights and sultry shots. The characters don’t really pull you in as far as which one you want to root for, and even when they become partners, if they were to die, would anyone care? I think it would have a better impact on the audience if Vince Vaughn were to be killed off.

Extras include deleted scenes, an inside look at shooting a sequence, commentaries, trailers. Only 3 deleted scenes included showed more footage of Vince Vaughn and Brad Pitt talking at the kitchen table, and the other two shows more of Brad and Angelina. The scenes are nothing too exciting. You can also check out a small featurette on making a scene in the movie. What is missing and probably so is a commentary by the stars of the film. Instead, you get commentaries by Director Doug Liman and Producers Lucas Foster and Akiva Goldsman. I would have like to have seen an outtake/gag reel of the cast, especially the scenes involving Vince Vaughn.

-Commentary by Director Doug Liman
-Commentary by Producer Lucas Foster and Producer Akiva Goldsman
-Inside Look
-Deleted Scenes
-Theatrical Trailers

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: In The Desert, John and Eddie at the kitchen table, Showdown at the end
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 112 minutes
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