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The Oxford Murders (2008) (Blu-ray)
After first hearing about ďThe Oxford MurdersĒ I have to say that I was interested, especially since I was certainly in the mood for a good thriller at the time. It had been some time since Iíve sat down and watched a good thriller which I was determined to rectify the moment I sat down to watch this film. Boy would I be blindsided as this movie was about the least thrilling picture Iíve seen in a long, long time.
ďThe Oxford MurdersĒ starts out with a graduate student named Martin (Elijah Wood) shows up at Oxford University with the intentions of working with a man named Arthur Seldom (John Hurt). But once he arrives he realizes that this might not exactly be the case, as Seldom isnít the easiest person to deal with for him. Then a rash of murders comes over the college and eventually leads to Martin and Seldom getting together to try and solve the mystery. It seems that the murders occurring on campus are linked with mathematical symbols, which pulls Martin and Arthur even further into the case.
As the film started I was certainly interested in the murder mystery that I was faced with as a viewer, but man does that all go down hill fast. Filled with mathematical nonsense and jargon beyond belief, the movie is more about dragging the story through the mud than actually having it be an entertaining experience. First off, the film itself didnít even manage to capture my attention after awhile. Itís just too caught up in itís own nonsense to even be interesting, at least to someone like me. Considering you needed to have a college math degree to even understand half of the things going on in the film I think itís safe to say that the point to this one was lost in there somewhere.
The acting in the film is fine, but to be honest it didnít really matter to me. The film itself was so completely boring and uninteresting it couldíve had a cast of my favorite actors and I probably would have still been bored to death watching it.
None of this is helped by the fact that for a film that carries a running time of an hour and 49 minutes that this movie felt like it was one of the longest films Iíve ever sat through (which isnít the case at all), but instead itís just slow moving and extremely boring. I found myself caring less and less about the killer at large and more and more about when the hell the movie was going to be over.
Although the Blu-ray has a good look to it, has good sound, and manages to have a lot of special features itís all kind of lost on me. Itís nothing Iíll ever manage to sit through again and although there might be a lot of people out there that like films like this, I canít in good faith recommend this one to anyone. I found it boring, plodding, and the pacing of the film was just dreadful to me. My recommendation for this one is to simply AVOID.
Rating - *1/2
Blu-Ray Rating - ***