Excerpt: Universal Pictures have released thriller "Columbus Circle" onto Blu-ray in the United Kingdom in the original aspect ratio of 2.40:1. The transfer is 1080p and uses an AVC MPEG-4 codec, unlike Universal's American release which uses a VC-1 encode. Overall, it's good, but disappointing.
Excerpt: Actor Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) and director George Gallo (known more for his screenwriting) team up to script a tale about a reclusive woman living in a penthouse in Manhattan’s famous Columbus Circle, located on end of Central Park.
Excerpt: Abigail Clayton has been living in the Columbus Circle appartment building for ages without ever coming out. All her groceries are being delivered by the concierge, and the only person she has human contact with is her doctor, Raymond Fontaine.
Conclusion: 'Columbus Circle' got shelved for a few years, and for a good reason: it's a mess. It twist-ties itself shut, and fails to get the viewer involved or emotionally invested in any of the characters, as they try to figure out what, exactly, the plot is going to be about.
Conclusion: Despite a very well known cast, Columbus Circle is a fairly unknown movie. It should probably stay that way. The audio, video and non-existent extras aren't exactly helping matters. Unless you are a fan made-for-TV movies, you may want steer clear of this one -- or at least rent it first.
Conclusion: In case you hadn't noticed, I didn't enjoy my time with Columbus Circle . At all. It crumbles and falls apart, almost from the very beginning, and its story, script, scheme, characters and performances don't hold up to close scrutiny (or any scrutiny, for that matter).