Blu-ray Review “The Last Circus”

Directed by: Alex de la Iglesiasia
Starring: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes
Distributed by: Magnet Releasing

Film: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

Honestly, how can you go wrong with a story about a clown that goes nuts and goes on a rampage. Well, in this case the film tries to go a lot deeper than it needs to. The film starts off decent and gives some interesting back story to show that this isn’t just a slash ’em up horror film. It very quickly though gets lost though in it uninteresting story and forgets to bring the “wow” factor. Towards the last 15 minutes of the film, I was even considering just turning it off…it is just very long and drawn out. I would have just been happy if the film focused just on troubled clown who took one day of shit too much and lost it.

This busy story starts in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, where a man in a clown suit massacres an entire platoon with a machete (good stuff like I said starting off). The man gets put in jail for life and his young son, Javier is left alone. Fast forward to 1973, Javier is trying follows in his father’s footsteps but falls for his bosses beautiful acrobat wife, Natalia. The three end up in a love triangle that leads to the boring…(I mean thrilling) events in the third act.

The extras on the disc are not great and nothing is in HD. The first feature is “Making of The Last Circus” is just your typical featurette with behind the scenes etc. There is a 7 minute montage of behind the scenes footage, not very exciting at all. The most interesting feature is about the film’s visual effects, which talks about the post-production contains over 600 effects shots. Then all that is left is a U.S. and an International Trailer and Teaser. Underwhelming extras for an underwhelming movie.

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