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Salvation Boulevard

by Chris Sosa
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Wednesday Sep 19, 2012
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In "Salvation Boulevard," an ensemble cast plays out a comedic mystery as a sincere layman witnesses a criminal act and is thrust into an underworld of coverup within the confines of his deeply religious community. Spearheading the duplicity is the charming televangelist convinced that burying his sin is the will of God. And the divine will just so happens to be a much better option for business.

"Salvation Boulevard" is an indie comedy with a cast line-up more impressive than the script supporting them. Carl (Greg Kinnear) and Pastor Dan (Pierce Brosnan) have terrific chemistry as Kinnear plays the lovable doofus to Brosnan’s sleazy businessman. But the film itself is essentially a misfire.

What could’ve been the adult answer to teen comedy "Saved!" becomes a relatively straightforward affair with a blasphemy that never quite feels dangerous. The film’s clumsy obviousness prevents the occasional criticisms of religion from landing as they come across in such a forced manner. Given the endless material provided by the premise of a corrupt pastor attempting to cover up a crime on a religious plot that curiously resembles Liberty University, very little effort is put into developing the biting satire waiting to spring out.

The DVD release of "Salvation Boulevard" doesn’t contain any special features. Subtitles are available in English and French. The film is presented in 1:85:1 anamorphic widescreen.

"Salvation Boulevard"
DVD
IFCfilms.com
$26.99

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