A group of British soldiers get caught behind German enemy lines during World War I. They weave their way through the trenches encountering few soldiers but lots of dead bodies. The bodies appear to be killed in a way that does not resemble war. Shortly after making the discovery, some of the British troops start disappearing. Will any of the soldiers get out of the trenches alive with this unknown enemy tracking them down?
"Thank fuck he's on our side!"
Michael J. Bassett, director of Wilderness, Solomon Kane, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, and episodes from the television series Power, Strike back, and Da Vinci's Demons, delivers Deathwatch. The storyline for this picture is interesting, as are the characters in the film, but the horror elements were disappointing and below par. The acting was okay and the cast includes Jamie Bell, Laurence Fox, Kris Marshall, Torben Liebrecht, and Andy Serkis.
"I'm only twenty and I've already been shot four times."
I came across this on Netflix and decided to add it to my queue. I thought this had potential and elements of this film were very good, but the primary plot/horror elements were poorly executed and not that dramatic. Overall, this may be worth watching once off cable but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to see it.
"We are alive. We are still alive."
The acting is actually pretty good, but it's all for nothing. There's no clear indication as to what is going on (whether they're being stalked, the place is haunted, they're all dead, or they're all going crazy from gas) and there's no real "bad guy". Andy Serkis could kind of be seen as the villain, but every character outside of Shakespeare does something bad. So with no clear cut villain, it was hard to care when they all started dying one by one. Only three of the characters are killed off by something supernatural and the supernatural elements happen too sporadically. The ending is also a bit lame, as it was predictable in the "oh that would be dumb" kind of way.
A more straightforward and focused plot would have been much better. It's too scatterbrained and very little happens to make this enjoyable, even if on the surface it looks good.