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Chase Palmer
John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Ed Skrein
Writing Credits:
Chase Palmer, David Matthews

An idealistic young New York City public defender burned out by the system, on the brink of disbarment, and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him decides to rob a multi-million drug deal of one of his clients.

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 93 min.
Price: $29.98
Release Date: 10/5/2021

• “The Making of Naked Singularity” Featurette
&bull. “From Story to Screen” Featurette
• Previews


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Naked Singularity [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (October 4, 2021)

Based on its title and the cover art you see to the left, you might expect 2021’s Naked Singularity to offer a flick that mixes action, fantasy and science-fiction. You would anticipate semi-correctly, though the film mainly leans into a crime-related drama.

Young lawyer Casi (John Boyega) works as a public defender. A thankless job, he starts to get burned out due to the stress that comes along with the gig.

This leads him down a surprising road: toward a risky heist led by Lea (Olivia Cooke), a former client. Casi deals with a mix of concerns as he confronts his future.

One look at that aforementioned Blu-ray cover begs the statement “tell me your movie features a Star Wars actor without telling me your movie it features a Star Wars actor”. The art gives off a serious fantasy vibe and puts a sword in Boyega’s hands in a manner that seems intentionally reminiscent of a lightsaber.

While Boyega does handle a sword along the way, this seems deceptive. Don’t expect him to go all Jedi on us, as Singularity doesn’t attempt a Star Wars style narrative.

Instead, it tries to give us a slew of different genres, as it packs a bunch of different domains into its 93 minutes. Unfortunately, it can’t handle these well and it becomes a disjointed mess.

Perhaps Singularity needed more running time than it gets. With barely an hour and a half at its disposal, it seems to rush through various events, so it lacks the ability to dig into topics and characters as well as it should.

This makes the end product fairly incoherent. Singularity tosses out various notions and themes willy-nilly, and it speeds through matters so rapidly that it never expands them in a satisfying manner.

Singularity dips into a bunch of genres but doesn’t find its own way. Ultimately it brings an awkward mix of heist thriller, courtroom drama, “idealistic lawyer” tale and Donnie Darko-style oddity.

All of this seems ambitious but unsatisfactory. The filmmakers simply can’t deliver a story that makes enough sense or flows smoothly enough to become compelling.

The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio B/ Bonus D+

Naked Singularity appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a generally positive presentation.

Sharpness looked solid. A few shots were slightly soft, but not to a substantial degree, so most of the movie seemed accurate and concise.

No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws were a non-factor, as the movie stayed clean.

Like most modern thrillers, Singularity favored a teal tint with a dollop of amber as well and some dingy shades of green, pink and yellow. Within their parameters, the colors appeared solid.

Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were smooth and well-delineated. In the end, the transfer proved to be appealing.

As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Singularity, it became a reasonably involving mix. With a smattering of action scenes, we got some lot of good material from all sides.

Various elements blended around the spectrum and added a nice sense of activity to the film. Stereo music also worked well, and this turned into a moderately vivid soundscape.

Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was crisp and distinctive, with no edginess or other concerns.

Music was full and rich, while effects came across as lively and accurate. The track boasted good low-end when appropriate. All of this was enough for a “B”.

Two featurettes appear here, and The Making of Naked Singularity goes for five minutes, six seconds. It brings notes from writer/director Chase Palmer, costume designer Aileen Abercrombie, producer Ryan Stowell, author Sergio de la Pava, and actors John Boyega, Olivia Cooke and Ed Skrein.

“Making” examines sets and locations, visual design, cast, performances and research. A few nuggets emerge, but this feels like a superficial piece overall.

From Story to Screen lasts three minutes, 55 seconds and features de la Pava, Boyega, Palmer, producer Tony Ganz and actor Bill Skarsgård. “Screen” looks a the source novel and its adaptation,, Like “Making”, it gives us a smattering of insights but not a ton of substance.

The disc opens with ads for The Birthday Cake and Till Death. No trailer for Singularity appears here.

With Naked Singularity, we find a story that bites off far more than it can chew. This results in a scattered, less than coherent mix of drama, thriller and science fiction. The Blu-ray brings generally positive picture and audio along with minor bonus materials. Someone might be able to make a worthwhile version of this narrative, but this flick ain’t it.

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