Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Dead Rising: Endgame (2016)

deadDirector: Pat Williams

Writer: Tim Carter, Michael Ferris (Screenplay)

Starring: Jesse Metcalfe, Keegan Connor Tracy, Jessica Harmon, Dennis Haysbert, Marie Avgeropoulo, Teach Grant, Dakota Guppy, Stephen Lobo, Curtis Lum, Ian Tracey, Billy Zane

 

Plot: DEAD RISING: ENDGAME drops us into the zombie-infested quarantined zone of East Mission City where investigative reporter Chase Carter must stop a secret government conspiracy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Sequel

 

Story: Dead Rising: Endgame starts by filling in what happened through the first film and explaining how the virus has spread to new levels with Zomdrex being given to every America, we learn how Chase (Metcalfe) has gone in hiding while he searches for the truth. Chase uncovers that General Lyons (Haysbert) is about to unleash ‘Afterlife’ which could end lives of millions in America.

When word gets out about Chase’s video Hancock (Tracey) comes to the rescue but warning him that Afterlife is set for release within the next few hours. Chase, Hancock ad Sandra (Avgeropoulos) must race against time behind the quarantine wall to switch of the connection that could release the Afterlife side of the virus.

Dead Rising: Endgame is the sequel to what I thought was the best video game adaption made to film mostly because it captured the game environment perfectly. My issue is that we do lose certain elements the first one had most notable the real time world seemingly watching what is going on with Frank West’s commentary throughout. The story is a simple race against time that does feel like another chapter to a potential bigger picture for the film franchise and this is an enjoyable casual watch.

 

Actor Review

 

Jesse Metcalfe: Chase is the returning reporter determined to get to the bottom of General Lyons plans after his near escape during Project Watchtower. Now he has the latest information that can expose the truth and must go back into the warzone to stop the releases that will take the lives of millions of American lives. Jesse is a good leading man for this franchise because we need a character that can be over the top at times filled with charm and heroism.

Ian Tracey: Hancock has been working on the Zombrex chips but once he finds out there link to Afterlife he locates Chase to stop Afterlife taking the lives of the American people. Ian is good but I do feel gets left behind our main characters at times.

Marie Avgeropoulos: Sandra Lowe is a brilliant hacker that works with Chase including going on the mission behind the wall. She can handle herself in a fight which is always needed for a film like this. Marie steps into the lead female role well coming off tough and smart with her character.

Dennis Haysbert: General Lyons is still running his seedy operation to get the military involved in the zombie outbreak even if it means killing innocent people. Dennis is good in this villainous role having a permanent authority image.

Support Cast: Dead Rising: Endgame has a supporting cast that does have a returning friend but also includes the type of characters you would expect to see within the Dead Rising video games.

Director Review: Pat WilliamsPat does a good job for the zombie outbreak side of the story but I do feel this film loses the elements that came from the game.

 

Horror: Dead Rising: Endgame does have good horror elements but you never really feel threaten through this movie.

Settings: Dead Rising: Endgame keeps us in the middle of zombie filled city but also shows us how society has continued on during this all.
Special Effects
: Dead Rising: Endgame does have god effects with the kills but sadly it does have some that you can see the CGI.

Suggestion: Dead Rising: Endgame is one for the fans of the game to watch if you enjoyed the original. (Video Game Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The customize weapons all look good.

Worst Part: No Frank West.

Action Scene Of The Film: Saving Jordan.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: It could have one.

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

Overall: Sequel to one of the better video game films that doesn’t reach all of its potential.

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Franchise Weekend – Robocop (1987)

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Plot: In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic

 

Story: Robocop starts with the crime ridden city Detroit where the cops are being killed left right and centre by crime lord Clarence J Boddicker (Smith). We meet Officer Alex Murphy (Weller) freshly transferred to the department and assigned to Anne Lewis (Allen) but on his first day he clashes with Clarence and his men leaving brutally gunned down.

With most of his body and mind dead Alex gets taken into Dr Bob Morton’s (Ferrer) experiment to be the first of his new line of defence against the criminals a Robocop. Bob is working for the Old Man (O’Herlihy) who is always trying to find a way to increase police work and after Dick Jones (Cox) pure robot goes wrong.

As Robocop starts cleaning up the streets we see how he starts remember who he original was and worse remembering who left him the way he was. Robocop goes on a mission to bring down the people at the top of the criminal side of the city with just Anne helping him but what he learns will take a twist.

Robocop is one action film that will forever be remembered for its iconic scenes. The story itself takes the crime story to another level in its own way too because usually we would see the partner come on the revenge mission instead of the cop returning from the dead. We also get to see how corruption could run between businessmen trying to make sure they make all the money and the criminals that will finance this happening. This film shows that even before its time we would look at this as a future and even throws in a couple of moments that show just how things could become ridiculous in the future.

 

Actor Review

 

Peter Weller: Officer Alex J Murphy is the freshly transferred officer that becomes the latest victim of the crime wave across the city. He gets transformed into the very first Robocop defending the city from the criminals only to have to battle who his former self once was. Peter is great in this role showing how he has to go through all the hard work in the Robocop costume.

Nancy Allen: Officer Anne Lewis is the cop that is Murphy’s partner showing him around the city as well as witnessing his death. When the Robocop starts working there she starts to suspect that he is Murphy and works along with him to bring down the men that killed him. Nancy is good in this supporting role showing a tough female cop in the 80s.

Dan O’Herlihy: The Old Man runs the company looking to being in the new robot defence against the criminals and will listen to anyone who gets results. Dan is good but only in a supporting role.

Ronny Cox: Dick Jones has created a robot he wants to use on the streets against the criminals but when it malfunctions he finds himself at the end of the line looking to get back ahead of the man that put him in this place. Ronny is good in this during the time he was often playing the villains.

Support Cast: Robocop has a good supporting cast with Kurtwood Smith shining as the crime lord of the city and the rest being different members of the gangs or police force.

Director Review: Paul VerhoevenPaul gives us one of the most iconic movies of all time that still stands the test of times.

 

Action: Robocop has great over the top action that works for the style of film we are watching.

Crime: Robocop puts us in the middle of a crime world where the police are being outnumbered by the criminals which makes the use of Robocop important.

Sci-Fi: Robocop uses the idea that in the future robots will be needed to fight crime using the technology you would think was considered the future for the late 80s.

Settings: Robocop takes us to Detroit for the setting which is always good for a crime story.
Special Effects
: Robocop has great special effects for the time of release which all still look good today apart from moment.

Suggestion: Robocop is one I think everyone should be able to watch at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Final chase.

Worst Part: ED 209 special effects have dated.

Action Scene Of The Film: Murphy’s attack.

Kill Of The Film: Antonowsky and the toxic waste.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $13 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement.

Trivia: It was discovered that when in full RoboCop costume, Peter Weller could not fit properly into the police car as he was too bulky. That’s why most shots of him show him exiting the car or preparing to get into it. For shots where he actually needed to be in the car, he only wore the top part of the costume and sat in his underwear. However, to maintain the illusion that RoboCop wears the entire suit while inside a car, most shots show his robotic feet exiting the car first.

 

Overall: An all time classic that will forever be one to live up to.

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What is RED Really About?

What is RED Really About?casting card

This is just a fun look at this movie so take nothing too serious.

Bruce Willis is retired wondering around his house, so pretty much his real life acting career nowadays.tired bruce

Bruce Willis chatting up the girl at the call centre he clearly has never met just feels awkward.call cnere girl

Great this is a freaking Christmas movie.christmas

Bruce Willis only has one friend and that is the call centre girl Sarah to a level that could be considered stalking this is getting extra creepy now, this is meant to be an action comedy right?one friend

Frank’s cover is blown as he needs to use his quick getaway tactic, good job he wanted a midnight snack.cover blown

Bruce Willis turns up unannounced at Sarah’s house, ok this is reaching a new level of stalking which should include jail time and she kidnaps to top this off.too far

The cool Dredd is here playing cop and loving father, whose latest job is now to kill John McClane.dread

Morgan Freeman is a horny old pervert who used to work with John McClane and has to help him work out who is trying to kill him.pervert freeman

Even Judge Dredd can’t out think John McClane who ends up framing him.dredd v mcclane

Taking Sara across State lines that means this is now a Federal case.federal case

Random hitman tries to kill Morgan Freeman.kil morgan

Secret records room for top secret mission folders.secret room

Sarah has Stockholm Syndrome because accepting of her captive’s mission.stockholm

John Malkovich literally flies onto the screen for this crazy sidekick character.malkovich

Malkovich adds all the comedy to this film including taking a stuff pig around with him.malkovich pig

Airport shoot out to show just how good these hitmen are with their weapons.

Time for a meeting with an old enemy that is now a resource of information.enemies working together

Breaking into the CIA, well Tom Cruise did why not John McClane?tom cruise

Grandpa jokes, oh come on Dredd you’re better than this.grandpa jokes

John McClane goes to break out The Queen to fix his shot arm well this is like an old persons version of Expendables.expenables

Richard Dreyfuss isn’t hunting sharks in this movie.jaws

These cover-ups are getting too predictable when it comes to see how the government kills people for fun.cover up

Self-sacrifice well this is original.self sacrifcee

You kill my girlfriend of 5 minutes I will kill your family, well this just seems harsh not going to lie especially as he stalked her for years.escolated quickly

This scene in the Vice-President’s diner feels a lot like an Ocean’s movie with the slickness between each character handling everything to prepare for what is meant to be happening.oceans

This shoot out is way too long with silly amount of bullets going off.bullet pile

John Malkovich with a bomb strapped to him reminds me of an old version of Deadpool.malkovich bomb

It was me all along, how did you not see it?it was me

Time for a sequel well the film decides to blow the rest of the budget in the end credits scene and the only film ever set in Moldavia.budget