Writer: Robert Beaucage (Screenplay) Robert Beaucage, Kenny Gage, Josh C Waller (Story)
Starring: Zoe Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thomas, Bruce Thomas, Bailey Anne Borders, Rebecca Marshall, Allene Quincy, Doug Jones
Plot: Raze, a horror/action film, focuses on two abducted women & 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Messy Fighter Film
Story: Raze starts as we watch Sabrina (Bell) and Jamie (Nichols) kidnapped and taken to remote building along with 50 other women who have been whittled down to 22 to fight to the death by Joseph (Jones).
The women are forced to fight or their loved ones will pay the price and we are left to wonder who will make it out alive.
Raze comes off as a fight for survival film which goes along the lines of an Unleashed just without the passion behind any of the character’s decisions or making us care about anyone in the film. This comes from introducing too many characters and having no structure to when they fight. In the end this has no shocks and the twists come off as complete fails by the end of the film.
Zoe Bell: Sabrina is the tough silent woman who is easy to turn into a deadly weapon. As all the women are fighting for something Sabrina’s battle is to save her daughter from these people. Zoe is solid but doesn’t really carry the film enough for the lead in it.
Doug Jones: Joseph runs the fighting competition and is very proud of his work hosting it. He keeps his fighters in check while keeping his clients happy with the fights. Doug is good with his few scenes but needs to be a much more impactful character for the story.
Tracie Thomas: Teresa is the eldest of the fighters who tries to keep the others calm but she is just as deadly in the combat room. Tracie is good for a supporting role.
Support Cast: Raze has a string of supporting characters who are all disposable fighters with weak generic back story to hopefully make us care about what is going on.
Director Review: Josh C Waller – Josh gives us a film that has more potential but really just ends up falling very flat with unlikable characters throughout.
Action: Raze has very basic fighting action with nothing really reaching the brutality it could have.
Horror: Raze doesn’t have the elements of horror to become scary in anyway.
Settings: Raze keeps the settings looking very raw throughout to show the conditions the women have to fight in.
Special Effects: Raze has good effects when it comes to the kills even if a lot is camera work.
Suggestion: Raze is really one you could avoid because it really just comes off messy in places. (Avoid)
Best Part: The final act is good.
Worst Part: Fighting choices have no really decision about them.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes
Tagline: No man could survive this.
Overall: Messy action horror that lacks any moment of real shocks.