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. "Columbus Circle" is a film that uses a lot of dark colours.
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. The old woman across the hall died, and a young couple moved into the apartment that Abigail (Selma Blair, Hellboy) wanted to purchase for herself, just to keep anyone else from moving and encroaching on her space.
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. There's no character development, and some pretty out-of-character actions that make it obvious that the script was written, or the film edited, purely for plot conveniences.
Excerpt: It looked like a thriller and, by the descriptions that I read, it sure sounded like a thriller, but when I started watching Columbus Circle , it sure didn't appear like it would turn out that way. It felt like a con and, for the first twenty minutes or so, I was really annoyed. This atrocious opening, though, masked what the movie actually was: a totally mundane little suspense yarn that looks like genius in comparison to how it starts and is now available on Blu-ray...
Excerpt: The Film Occasionally movies with big-name actors escape the public eye. However, how does a movie like Columbus Circle , which stars Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Kevin Pollack, Robert Guillaume, Giovanni Ribisi, Beau Bridges, and Jason Lee, go unnoticed? Well, it's just not very good. Written by Pollack and director George Gallo ( Middle Men ), Columbus Circle is The Love Boat of thrillers.
Summary: From the School of Shifty Shyamalan Filmmaking comes Columbus Circle , a double-knotting, triple-crossing indie thriller from writer/director George Gallo and co-writer Kevin Pollak that Universal tossed on the scrap heap back in 2010. And for good reason too. Gallo's messy genre pic may boast a decent cast, but it unravels long before its twenty-third plot twist elicits yet another round of groans.