In these modern times of cyber terrorists and internet overload, very few of us have actually been mistaken for a murderer or a serious miscreant of another nature. We know this is unlikely, and whilst we may enjoy the ludicrousness of the prospect on our TV screens, we know it's not real. Even the greatest of mistaken identity thrillers, North by Northwest, takes good sense and predictable reality and warmly shakes their hands before frogmarching them out the exit marked "not needed here". Now I think most of us decide to catch the kind of entertainment that trails in this great film's wake with a degree of indulgence and this allows the performers to get on with all manner of ruses and preposterousness. We enter a silent pact that allows us to swallow our doubts in return for action thrills, violence and sexual gratuities, and something that takes us on a ride through the familiar urban nightmare of being arrested as someone else who has chopped up their ex-boyfriend and left us holding the bag.
This is indeed what faces Canadian artist Sophie Malaterre (Vanasse) as she wakes up in her recently freely acquired luxury flat under the Eiffel Tower. After taking the first of her three very naked ablutions during the film, Sophie has her new front door broken down by a truculent and philosophical ex-footballer turned fictional policeman (Cantona). Dragged down to the local nick, Sophie explains that she isn't the woman they are looking for only for her guilt to be reinforced at every unlikely turn.What follows is escape and chase, some muscular setpieces and a far fetched plot that I won't ruin for anyone who does want to take the movie home later. As a romp through plot contrivances and eccentric twists, Switch is undeniably a fun endeavour that relies on the basic sympathy that Sophie's predicament and Vanasse's performance elicits. Like the director's previous Paris Lockdown, it is helmed with confidence and a belief in the cast that doesn't hurt at all.
Of course, the subject of Eric Cantona as an actor requires some comment. His work here is not unlike that of his time on the football field with lots of commitment to a certain statuesque and minimal style. Unlike his time as a footballer, he is very solid and dependable eschewing overly expressive outbursts and basically allowing the cast to work around him. It's a step up from second banana work like the remake of Le Deuxieme Souffle and he is up to the task.Slick, well produced and with a very attractive score from Bruno Coulais, Switch is nonsense but fun nonsense that will reward a quiet night in.
Using just over half of the dual layer disc it comes on, Switch is region B locked with a transfer file size of 24.8 GB. The disc has some trailers of other Anchor Bay product before it hits the menu and the only extra offered on the actual feature is an HD trailer. The design of the menu is classic and simple and is mirrored by the popup version as well.
The main feature is presented very well indeed with a lovely film-like presentation and a blue/green hued naturalistic appearance throughout. There is no evidence of excessive edge enhancement and detail is very strong in all but the darkest scenes, and that's really the sole issue I can see. The two lossless audio tracks are superb with the insistent soundtrack and impressive sound effects best heard through the 5.1 MA option. There is an excellent sense of surroundings and three dimensional mixing of voices and effects in what is one of the more enveloping tracks I have experienced for a while. Good sound English subs come with the option to switch them off.
Switch isn't too novel but it is pretty efficient on its own terms and this is a pretty decent presentation of the main film.