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My Sister's Keeper (2009) Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
ImageLet’s set the record straight, “My Sister’s Keeper” is not a true story, regardless of what you may have heard.  The only thing true about this story is that there are families out there that have one sick child and one child that is able to help save the life of that sick child.  This is a film in which the fictitious characters statement at the end of the credits really needs to be there.

The film is contrived and tugs at the strings of your heart.  Once you get past the crude human nature in the film, it is actually a decent film.  However, there is no doubt that the film’s goodness is overshadowed by a seemingly heartless little sister that is suing her parents over the medical rights to her own body.  She was a designer baby, created solely to save her older sister from the cancer that is eating away at her.  In addition, the mother, played by Cameron Diaz, it entirely insensitive to everyone’s wants, feelings and needs.

Assuming this was a true story, I am not in that family and cannot speak of what actions are appropriate, but nothing in this family seems to be plausible.  One of my biggest gripes with the film is the character of the son.  He is in anguish during the entire film and yet he only exists to drop the bombshell at the end of the film.

“My Sister’s Keeper” is certainly a tearjerker, and many will weep.  However, as a movie, it suffers from implausibility and lack of development.

“My Sister’s Keeper” comes to Blu-ray from New Line Cinema with a VC-1 encode with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio.  This is a fairly typical New Line transfer.  It is wrought with digital noise reduction and artificial enhancement.  Some might say it is true to the filmmakers’ intentions.  Regardless, it does not hold up too terribly well on Blu-ray.  Fleshtones are unstable from scene to scene.  They constantly look unnaturally flushed.  Colors are subdued and stable.  Edges are relatively soft.  The entire image has a soft appearance from the noise reduction.  Major artifacting is not noticeable, but there is some here and there.  The source print appears to be in good shape as to be expected.  Black levels are accurate.  Details are strong, but shadow delineation does suffer in the darker sequences.  Textures are decent but not overly apparent.  This transfer bests the standard DVD transfer.

The audio track is fairly standard for such a film.  For the majority of the film the audio track sounds as if it is mono.  Acoustics and reverberation are nowhere to be found.  The only stereoscopic sound emanating from this track comes with the score.  Dynamics also get in at this point.  The LFE channel is noticeably absent.  Dialogue is intelligible.  However, the dialogue has been treated for the home theater viewer, causing a crispness to the voices that is a bit distracting.  Also, the voiceovers of the cast are poorly edited, leaving obvious transitions in room tone.  I have not heard this in a feature film in a long long time.  It was truly surprising.  However, this is due to the original audio mix and not the lossless transfer.

This Blu-ray contains two bonus materials.  An audio commentary would have been appreciated.  The first feature is a collection of deleted scenes that are interesting, but obvious as to why they were deleted from the final cut of the film.  The other feature is “From Picoult to Screen,” which is a standard book-to-screen adaptation featurette.  The package also contains a Digital Copy disc of the film.

“My Sister’s Keeper” is not going to be a beloved classic.  However, it does present some lessons in human nature.  The video and audio transfer are decent, but far from reference.  This probably a rent recommendation if it is your type of film.

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