After kicking off 2022 at the theater, “The 355” is making its way home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
The star-studded, action-thriller was certainly crafted with good intentions – focusing on a badass crew of female super spies in a male-dominated genre – but the end result was not as groundbreaking as director Simon Kinberg likely hoped. Unfortunately for “The 355,” its attempts to buck genre stereotypes begins and ends with its cast, while the plot and action in the film fall victim to all of the spy movie tropes. The film itself is not bad by any means, but it simply feels like another run of the mill action flick.
With this month’s home release, “The 355” looks to find new life with the at-home audience after a less than stellar turn at the box office. Despite the film’s narrative issues, it certainly still looks and sounds the part on Blu-ray, bringing big screen action home effectively. So, what else is in store?
The bonus features that come with “The 355” are fairly standard EPK extras, all providing surface level looks at the film’s stunts, sets and visual effects. Unfortunately, nothing ever dives deeper to further examine “The 355.”
Special Features on Blu-ray and Digital
- Deleted Scenes
- Chasing Through Paris – Cast and filmmakers discuss the first day of shooting on THE 355 and how the choreographed chase sequence through the Parisian arcade set the tone for the entire production.
- Action That Hurts – A behind-the-scenes look at the stunts featured in the film’s centerpiece action sequence.
- Reconstruction Marrakesh – From footage of construction to a set tour with Production Designer Simon Elliott, we’ll come to understand why the cast was so blown away by the accuracy of the Moroccan set.
- Chaos at the City of Dreams – Cast and filmmakers deconstruct the film’s final set piece, from exploding ceilings to major shoot-outs, to the ultimate show-down fight between Jessica Chastian’s and Sebastian Stan’s characters.
- VFX Breakdowns
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.