Summary: With Charlie Zone, I think the production team should have adhered to the principle of “less is more.” Too much work went into maintaining the Jan’s secret so that ultimately you lose interest before the secret is even revealed. That was the other problem, they waited too long to reveal the truth, and the secret that they were hiding turned out to be something that has been seen many times in previous films, making it not worth all the intrigue.
Conclusion: 'Charlie Zone' is a middling thriller that features a convoluted plot and inconsistent performances. The script tries to blend action/thriller sensibilities with abuse melodrama, but the results are very forced and the modest production values give the whole affair a very small screen feel. The video is solid in several areas, however there are some noticeable artifacts, and while decent, the audio is very basic.
Conclusion: Charlie Zone is an unbalanced film with an unbalanced audio and video presentation. It’s not a very rewarding experience and Anchor Bay gives you no extra material for your efforts. The film thinks it’s a lot cooler and deeper than it is. It’s a very uninteresting movie that thinks it has twists to blow your mind. The only thing that would have blown my mind would have been if something interesting happened. In all honesty, its not a poorly produced film.
Conclusion: Charlie Zone is a surprising little movie. It's straightforward, often bleak, and it effortlessly pulls its audience into the mayhem. It enjoys solid and no-frills yet, at the same time, textured and nuanced direction from Michael Melski ( Growing Op ). Also helping the movie achieve success is an excellent performance from Glen Gould and a strong budding chemistry with co-star Amanda Crew. Anchor Bay's featureless Blu-ray contains decent video and mediocre audio.