D4 (2010)

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D4 follows a team of special ops mercenaries on a mission to rescue a kidnapped kid believed to be held in an abandoned government facility. Hired by the boy's mother, a wealthy doctor with high reaching influence, all seems to be an easy job. But as things unfold, what was meant to be a simple search and rescue turns into a fight for survival
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NR
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Action & Adventure , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Clay Brocker
as Brocker
Eric Berner
as Sloan
Ted LeGarde
as Old Man Dalton
Greg Wilson
as The General
'Big' Mike Ulm
as The Beast
Laine Dubroc
as Little B
Jeff Hime
as Cutter
Vicki Askew
as Dr. Lark
Montana Dickerson
as Dalton's Grandson
Jennifer McReynolds
as Neurologist
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★1/2 (out of four) A kidnapped kid is being held in a an abanonded building that was once owned by the government. The boy's mother hires a group of mercenary to find her son and bring him back home. Of, course that is easier said than done. The group head into the wilderness, but find the area to be patroled by a hulking zombie-like creature who is immune to the affects of bullets. He is an invincible killing machine and he is stalking them. The film is extremely low budget and its got the acting to go with that thin budget. Not much here to recommend. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/d4_zps45564ee3.jpg[/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith
½

D4 begins with the mysterious ex-military mercenary Sloan (Eric Berner) being contracted by an equally mysterious, wealthy doctor to perform a search and rescue mission for her kidnapped son. Sloan enlists a special team of fellow mercenaries, consisting of Snipe (Jaimee Gray Simon), Brocker (Clay Brocker), Cutter (Jeff Hime), and Smoke (Darrin Dickerson, who also wrote, edited, and directed D4), to go deep in the woods to the infamous abandoned government facility known as D4. The team breaks in; little knowing what resides behind the heavily electrified fences. With that, a thought-to-be quick search and rescue mission becomes a hellish nightmare as the team fights for their lives against a brutish beast of a man that is completely unstoppable. On paper, D4 sounds like yet another one of those Predator-inspired sci-fi yarns where man must fight beast in the wilds of nature, when in fact D4 offers something wholly different in the form of a subplot involving epilepsy, a theme which inspired Dickerson (whose own son suffers from this condition) to make D4. The subplot has desperate grandfather Dalton (Ted LeGarde, who does a commendable job with this role I must say) frantically trying to help his epileptic grandson find medication through a specialist. The specialist?s experimental drugs only worsen the grandson?s condition until they take the child away, leaving Dalton to look like a confused madman. His story soon connects with the initial plot as he joins the mercenaries in his own search and rescue mission, that is, until the beast arrives. D4 is by no means something spectacular. It?s visibly low-budgeted with iffy effects and filled with a lot of local and first time actors. Along with a couple of speed bumps in the film?s flowing story line, one would imagine that D4 is yet another strain in the ever growing melee of low budget films. Though the effects are a bit off, very little were used throughout the film, especially with our lead ?monster? who implores pure brute looks and force to give off its terror. There?s also a lack of nudity and very little blood, which shows that creator Dickerson is definitely trying to do something different from the usual barrage of ?tits and gore? horror/sci-fi that most people try to sell and/or watch. Truth be told, D4 packs a hell of an engaging story that makes it very unique and such an interesting watch, despite its flaws. To the credit of the actors, especially Dickerson, this eclectic group approaches the film very seriously and works hard towards keeping that serious tone, thus eliminating any threat of unintentional humor. The humor that IS used is very sparse and properly used throughout the film as it?s sprinkled in very minimally so as to not deviate from the initial mood of the film. Overall, I say kudos to Dickerson and company. D4 manages to be the little underdog film that could thanks in part to a fantastic story, which was heavily influenced by Dickerson?s own personal emotions and drive. In the midst of recycled stories (remakes, reboots, reimagining?s come to mind) and already tiresome fads (3D anyone?), it?s clear that Hollywood has scrapped originality for sure-fire wins in hopes of not financially drowning in the midst of dipshit illegal piraters and a bad economy. As an unfortunately growing result, people are being dumbed down at an incredible rate as they get swept up in the recycled stories with flashy colors and mouth-salivating eye candy. With that, I cannot help but immerse myself in the independent world, where true art and creativity lies. Darrin Dickerson?s D4 is in fact a creative and neatly written story. It takes a pretty standard story, mixes it with a more unique side story, and even manages to throw in a couple of twists and turns along the way, all with a small budget, very few effects, little known actors and actresses, and a whole lotta heart. It may not be a ?fun? night out at the Nightmare on Elm Street remake with your idiot friends, but it?s a ?good? watch, and I?d much rather prefer good over fun.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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