DVD: Horsemen (18)

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It's not so much the four horsemen of the apocalypse as the many shortcomings of the clichéd crime drama, which ride slipshod over The Horsemen's chances of success.

With its plot centred on a biblically inspired series of killings, the action unfolds like the less accomplished progeny of Se7en and Saw. Despite Quaid's concerted effort to pin down the plot in his role as a Detroit police detective still reeling from the death of his wife, performances like that of suspect Ziyi Zhang do much to unbalance what is an otherwise enjoyable trip into CSI territory. The tension between the detective's work and home life is the source of the film's most authentic dramatic tension, but there's little to recommend the film over the many movies which provided its inspiration.