Can I state how awesome that poster is? Yes. I believe I can. And just did. Also... listen we're all busy people right? Ok. No. I'll make this simple: Do you want to see a man combine a table saw and a sledge hammer and charge into a horde of zombies? If yes, read on. If no... go back to your Nicholas Sparks-a-thon.
Man are horror fans exhausted. Not only are we single handedly maintaining 15-20 independent blu-ray and restoration distribution companies at any given moment, but boy freaking howdy do we have to suffer through some crap (as evidenced often in my CRAP! segment) to find something good... so I want to save you all some time, and some fear, and say flat out - Dead Rising: Watchtower is a damn good time.
Your plot goes - in a present/not-to-distant-future? The zombie virus is real and everyone knows about it. However, thanks to a wonder drug - Zombrex - if treated quickly enough after a bite you can maintain your Living humanity with daily injections. Enter a newsman want to be that goes into ground zero on a possible zombie outbreak... which then gets out of control, and he and a small band of wanna be horror film survivors must try to get out.
First I want to say this... Tons of blood in this one folks. I mean chainsaws, electric saws, weed whackers, bats, swords, you will see every time of zombie dismemberment in this one. And for the purists... Limited CGI blood and a lot of practical... also... slow moving zombies (for the most part) so really two major complaints from all you self proclaimed "lovers of the old school romero" handled.
|A little duck tape... and bam! Swordshovel.|
Dead Rising: Watchtower delivers in my uneducated smalltime blog opinion... Sorry I mean world altering cult status hero - opinion :)
For the gamers... tons of weapon making (and in a nice touch, breaking), Frank West (from the first game) has an awesome role, and comes to life by way of the always entertaining Rob Riggle. Your small time reporter, Chase, played with no small bit of cool by Jesse Metcalfe, is a great lead man. And his lead woman - Crystal (by the very sexy Meghan Ory) is a solid one two. You actually like the lead characters... wow... I know. Take a moment to process that. Likeable leads in a small time horror flick... it has been a film.
So let's follow along here Booniacs.... Lots of violence... solid and fun acting... more than a few nods and plot points to satisfy the game fans... what is there to hate? They even add a rather heavy handed sub plot about government conspiracy, buuuuut I am sure Crackle (they're first feature film) is hoping for a long standing series of films here, and I for one hope they deliver.
|Is that a demented zombie clown with an axe? Yup. (smiley face)|
Listen the horror genre is over saturated, true. But it always has been, because we, the fans, will give anything a chance. Horror from a reputable source with decent acting, production, and a solid script however, not as readily available.
Special effects held up nice, and the Go-Pro camera shots I thought added some cool new looks into zombie apocalypse mayhem. Nice touch director man aka Zack Lipovsky. Its not a perfect movie... The mad Max style villains occasionally take away from the blood letting fun... the aforementioned conspiracy sub-plot is left annoyingly unresolved... (think when Neo woke up next to the Agent in Matrix 2 haha booooo). And the explosion knife to the chest... a little too much.
But the Riggle aka West interview segments and the insane amount of creative violence makes up in my mind for any shortcomings. Plus, obviously Riggle will be back in the sequel to show Chase and crew how it's done...
Horror fans... stop ya picky film hating ways... this is a company reaching out and trying to give you what you want.... have some friends over, drink a beer and let em! Or just keep re-watching Night of the living dead and talking about the purity of the black and white interpretation of the true horrific nature of human nature... ya. Keep doing that... or. You know... the first option....
Movie scale 3 out of 5 stars
Horror scale 4 out of 5 stars
One line review: Had a blast from the opening to almost closing credits... you will laugh, and raise your hands in violent celebration, and bro-tastic high fives!
- Charles Boonsweet.