Trancers 5: Sudden Deth Reviews
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.
Still trapped in a medieval dimension, Jack Death and his band of rogue humans must once again defeat Caliban in order to find a medallion to send Deth back to his own dimension. That's it.
This whole film could have been cut down to 20 minutes, tacked on the end of Trancers 4 and we would still have a film that ran a regular hour an half length. This is just a bunch of bullshit. Deth having to hunt down a precious stone in order to get back to his own time has to be the most quickie, shit story concepts they could have possibly come up with.
Thanks to Trancers 5 being filmed back-to-back with Trancers 4 we are still graced with the same shitty acting, the same shitty dialogue, and the same poor production values, just with a more shitty script. The most disappointing part of the film is when Jack Deth and a rogue Trancer enter a "castle of horrors" in order to claim the medallion and the "horrors" just end up being some kind of orgy party. What?!
What a disappointing final film for Tim Thomerson in the series. The writers should have combined this and Trancers 4 into a tighter, more comprehensible script and it would have worked good as a sequel. No instead Charles Band gets greedy and decides to make one film into two to get more money and in turn stretches out the thin script too far as well as the money resources. See it if only you are a diehard Trancer fan and my advice is to stop here. Yes there is a Trancers 6 but unless you're a masochist... stay away!
Set one month after the events of the last movie (both obviously filmed at the same time), this entry in gthe franchise continues the story in the same kind of style. The story is slightly better than the previous, and all the more confusing elements removed. Tim Thomerson still has some good comedic lines. With another short running time time (73 minutes), this movie is just about makes it to a bulk standard concluson. In the end, this reviewer feels that it was ok, but not a patch on earlier entries.
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.
Anyway, ignoring that for a minute, this film will provide a chuckle or two, mainly due to the seriously bad acting from Thomerson and the supporting actors. Although one exception here is Stacie Randall, who has a duel role, playing the lovely Lyra in not one, but two dimensions. Some of the plot elements are cleverly lifted from Asterix, but it is nice to see the writer was a fan. After it was over, I felt kind of mad knowing the true Trancers films were finished and if Thomerson decides to return, I'd like him to be exactly like the wisecracking detective he was in the original.
This one begins with a lengthy recap of the events of the previous entry, and doesn't let up one bit from there. This is most likely due to the fact that it's very low budget, and very short. Add to this the responsibility of having to get the movie completed in time for release alongside part 4.
Anyway, Trancers 5 has a few memorable scenes, mostly involving Jack himself. The end result is a (mostly) disappointing one with little cheers. But hats off to Tim Thomerson for playing Jack this long. I'd definitely watch this over Trancers 6 any day, along with its predecessors.
I know there is a 6th film but without Tim Thomerson it just isn't the same and this was the worst movie of the series.