Director: Jared Cohn
Writer: Maurice Hurley (Screenplay)
Starring: William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Jason Brooks, Robert Scott Wilson, Ciara Hanna, Phillip Andre Botello
Plot: A down-on-his-luck archaeologist returns from a cave expedition that contains a cursed relic that’s also a portal to Hell. He discovers that the only way to stop the curse on his family is to go back to the cave and destroy the relic.
Tagline – Welcome to hell
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge starts when Jack (Brooks) leads a team into a cave in search for a relic, one that has led to him putting everything on the line for, even with his wife Susan (Ryan) begging him not to pursue this search.
When Jack suffers a heart attack, he sees perfectly healthy afterwards, which leads him, Susan and their kids to look to stop a curse he has unwittingly released on the world, one that also consumed his father Hayes (Shatner).
Thoughts on The Tomb: Devil’s Revenge
Characters – Jack is the explorer that followed in his father’s footsteps, he has become obsessed with one piece of treasure a relic of the sun people, which he discovers, only to find a evil force behind it, one that continue to haunt him once he leaves, one he needs to stop before more people are killed by the spirits he has unleashed. Susan is the wife od Jack’s she wants him to give up the pursuit of this relic, but once he thinks he needs to end everything, she brings the family together to complete the task together. Hayes is Jack’s father who has always been searching for treasures, with him being the main reason why Jack has followed the same pursuit all these years. Eric and Dana are the college aged kids that join the quest into the cave, being part of the family bonding session.
Performances – Jason Brooks in the leading role does well through the film, his nightmares are clear, as he shows the struggle between knowing what is real or not. Jeri Ryan as the supportive and concerned wife works well having more star power than Brooks, but the draw would be William Shatner, who does keep his role calmer than we would expect.
Story – The story here follows an archaeologist who has spent most of his life searching for a relic, which when he discovers, sees a series of horrific events, which will see him needing to work with his family to stop an evil coming into the world. This is a story which will dive into the idea of ancient evil still being around and show how people will become obsessed with learning the truth about history, even if it costs them more than they are willing to pay, the whole hunting and exploring idea does work very well through the film, only it does seem to be let down heavily by the conclusion of the story. The evil themselves do have some great weapons which would strike fear into people, only using the family in the search, does lose some parts of the peril of the journey.
Horror – The horror in the film comes from the devil and his worshippers who appear in large numbers and have a big kill count through the film, they might look and act scary, but the fights themselves are not as strong as they should be.
Settings – The settings in the film are strange because the cave looks like something people might have discovered before, it does seem strange how easy it seemed to access, not being as secretive as it could be.
Special Effects – The effects are a mixed bag because we get to see the evil which do have a terrifying look, only the injuries rely on the CGI moments.
Scene of the Movie – The evil’s weapons.
Final Thoughts – This is a solid enough treasure exploring film looking into American history, only it doesn’t seem to hit as hard on the scares, atmosphere or the evil kills.