March 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

Despite it being years since Kevin Costner’s do-no-wrong The Bodyguard and Dances with Wolves days, he keeps popping up despite a long string of flops. And pairing him with comedy director Tom Shadyac (known for Jim Carrey vehicles Ace Ventura and Liar Liar) seemed bizarre, but couldn’t have worked better.

Released alongside the virtually identical Mothman Prophecies, Dragonfly is a genuinely creepy and moving story with an amazing twist in the last ten seconds that you’ll kick yourself you didn’t guess earlier.

After losing his wife in South America six months before, Joe Darrow (Costner) buries himself in work to avoid grieving her loss. Creepy things start happening that convince Joe his wife is trying to contact him from beyond (while everyone else just thinks he’s going mad).

Just enough happens to keep us guessing the entire way through until Joe acts on faith and travels to the scene of his wife’s death where he finds something he never could have imagined.

The Sight & Sound

Strangely, the film is in crisp, clear Dolby digital, but the deleted scenes are so grainy and quiet it’s as if they were filmed 20 years ago.

The Extras

The making-of documentary, deleted scenes and interview with a near death experience author are pretty run of the mill, but director Shadyac’s commentary is lively and entertaining, explaining the story behind each scene and actor thoroughly.

The Worth

The story is fantastic and will draw you right in and remind you why Kevin Costner became a star in the first place. The extras are neither too much nor too little, and suit the disc nicely

4 out of 5

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