The Slaughter Rule (2002)

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The Slaughter Rule (2002). 1h 52m | R

“Sometimes technical flaws can get in the way of what otherwise could have been a good story. These movieu0026#39;s flaws prevented me from enjoying it much.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFirst, two key deleted scenes from the start of the film leave the entire premise feeling hollow. The scenes are offered as a special feature on the DVD. If I were to watch this movie again, Iu0026#39;d play these two deleted scenes where they should have been. First, the scene deleted after the conversation about the teenu0026#39;s father that opens the movie. Second, just minutes later the continuation of a scene talking with the coach in his office.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis has been a growing trend, for directors to cut key scenes that explain things at the start of the movie. In at least commentary tracks directors have said they u0026#39;just wanted to get on with the movieu0026#39;. Well of course they might, since they know the story intimately. The viewer wonu0026#39;t, and could use the background to make an emotional connection to the movie. Unless the movie is past the two hour mark, why consider cutting valuable scenes?u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eGosling and some of the other performances were great. Of course Gosling does great even in rotten movies like Murder By Numbers.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003enThe wide screen was an overly wide aspect, I guess meant to highlight those beautiful outdoor scenes over the actors. It leaves barely enough room for actorsu0026#39; heads in places, and it made the brief shower scene no fun at all. To echo another comment, the sound was very poor in places. More than accents, it was bad mixing where sound jumped from soft whisphers to loud music then back. My finger ended up fiddling with the volume throughout.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIn hindsight, I might watch The Slaughter Rule once, but it wonu0026#39;t be worth watching even a second time.”


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