Army of the dead Reviews
Ross Kelly as the protagonist, Josh Barnes, is one of the most bland, boring, and entirely unconvincing actors to be given a lead role. As his wife, Stefanie Marchese, doesn't fare much better, and the chemistry between the two is actually a negative number. Their professor, the aptly named Professor (if he had more to his name, I did not catch it), as played by Miguel Martinez, is some sort Machiavellian schukster changing allegiances more often than underwear (a glance at IMDB tells me he does in fact have a full name, I don't care). As the cliched slut, Jocelyn Tucker seems to be one of those air-headed bimbos that are constantly hammered; you know, the kind of gal whose idea of a good time is to go to the bar every night and get slosshed until she pukes in the bathroom stall. Now, that wouldn't be a bad thing, save for the fact that she seems to be the smartest character in the whole movie, which I'll get to in a bit. All the actors seem to have graduated from the "Hey, Look I'm Acting Class", which, if I notice you are acting, then you're bad at it. It's suppose to be internalized; a few exceptions do exist (a la spoofs, purposefully over-the-top movies).
Joesph Conti directs as if he had nobler aspirations and watch all his dreams die during production, which is to say oddly. Parts of the film seem decently made, especially the opening prologue, with the use of shadows, but he fails to deliver any sort of consistency, and the whole movie looks rather terrible. He doesn't use many wide angles to showoff his desert landscape, making it look small and boring.
Also, I do not know what kind of camera was used here, but it made everything look very cheap, like a terrible made-for-TV thing. The digital camera filters out lots of the colors, and the drab look just wears thin after awhile.
The script is one of the dumbest ever. Why invite the slut if she's already trying hitting on you before? This is why I claim that she is the smartest person in the movie. She's the only one who does anything in accordance to how her character would do things, but it's still hollow acting. Our introduction to the Professor is one of most awkward, expository, bits in the while movie, and that's really saying something, as none of it sounds convincing.
Once the actual adventure part begins, thanks to the Professor's looking for and disturbing some lost, buried treasure, which awakens the titular army, things looked as if they could pick up, but all the action scenes are rather poorly handled, and given the rarity of seeing the actors occupy the same shot as the skeletons, they do a terrible job of selling them as real. As far as the CGI is concerned, it's typical DTDVD, nothing great, nothing truly awful.
Now, all this could have been pretty fun if it either had been played with a less than straight face, it wasn't, or if it went so far off into bad territory I could laugh at it, I couldn't.
[font=Times New Roman][size=4]2008 US Director: Conte Giacomo[/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Score: 5[/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=4] With some minor editing for language, this one could easily be played on TV with few other changes needed. Yeah, that wasn?t a complement. The story line isn?t horrible but it is so unlikely (even for a supernatural horror film) that it really pushes the disbelief suspension. The characters are a cliché of stereotypical personalities that have been paraded through horror movies for decades. The actors that were tasked to bring these walking stereotypes to life do so with lots of gusto, but a minimum of actual skill. The SFX would work great for a 90s episode of [i]Xena: Warrior Princess[/i] but for a movie release (even an independent, direct to DVD release) they are disappointing. The music score doesn?t do much, and it certainly doesn?t add to any of the action on the screen. I really can?t recommend using up any time or especially money on viewing this one.[/size][/font]
I love B movies even bad ones, but this film really sucked from start to finish
Keep well clear of it, its 89 minutes of my live i cannot get back.