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Trancers 5: Sudden Deth Reviews

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Phil H

Super Reviewer

July 5, 2011
Ah here we have an old Charles Band trick. This film was made back to back with the previous film and then cut in two. Problem is this half isn't too long so they have padded out the first six/seven minutes with back story from the last film! weak.

So its the same again with the same people and the same baddie leader who conveniently comes back from the dead to be the baddie leader in this film again!. So if you read my review of number four you will get an idea for number five, identical stuff at a run time of 1hour 14min!!

I do like the films poster art for this one though, all these films have some great cheesy 80's style poster art. The films title isn't half bad either 'Sudden Deth', nice play on words there.

This film also marked the last time Thomerson stars as Deth in this franchise. I guess he finally got bored or they just couldn't afford to pay him anymore.
September 30, 2009
Trancers 5: Sudden Deth was made during a period where Full Moon was in the habit of making films back to back, so this one was filmed the same time that Trancers 4: Jack of Swords was made. Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) is still stuck in this medieval setting, still trying to put an end to the vampire-like trancers plaguing this world and he is still trying to make it back home to his own dimension. The only thing this film isn't still being is fun. Sudden Deth is the most rushed feeling entry of the series, and the most empty.

There was far too much going on in this movie, and there wasn't equal time spent focusing on all of these different character's storylines. So at times it was easy to lose track of what was going on, and who was who and what exactly they were doing. Plus, the film flows extremely awkward. There is a scene of action, followed up with a dreadfully long scene of dull dialogue. It all got repetitive after a while.

The action in this film once again returns to that very anti-climatic style that made the first couple of entries in the series difficult to watch. Even central villain Caliban (Clade Hartley) wasn't given any time to truly become the menace he should have been. And the final showdown between Jack and Caliban was a tremendous letdown. Such a shame that no time was spent on developing Caliban, especially since he is the only villain of the series to appear in more than one film.

The only saving grace for this film was once again Tim Thomerson as Jack Deth. It's weird that two of the weaker entries in the series, both part 4 and 5, were the ones where Jack Deth finally came to life as a character. Thomerson really seemed to be enjoying himself in this film, and he was a blast to watch on screen.

So this finished up the Trancers box set I purchased last week. This certainly isn't one of the better series from Full Moon, but for the most part these are entertaining movies. I wouldn't recommend the average filmgoer to seek out these films, but for those who enjoy Full Moon movies I think these should make for a decent time.
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