Directed by – Chris Hartwill
Written by – Sven Hughes, Malachi Smyth
Starring – Sean Faris, Rachael Taylor, Joshua Dallas, Luke Ford, Halla Vihjalmsdottir, Sam Corry, richard Dormer, Jonathan Harden
I’ve gotten really sick of watching terrible movies lately and the second I pushed play on this one that cold wave of fear hit me that I was only subjecting myself to another awful flick. Once the screen flickered to life and I could see that the production values weren’t bargain basement cheap I relaxed a little and wound up enjoying this flick much more than I thought I would.
Two military techs are testing a new virtual reality simulator in the army and after testing it with some soldiers, they pack it up and take off to a nearby abandoned prison. The prison carries rumors of torture and interrogation and their friend, who works security there, speaks of a wing that he won’t go into. This spurs Sean Faris’ character Tom to test their machine in there. Tom has some shady behind the scenes business with the VR equipment that is revealed in the final parts of the film.
It’s a ghost movie so the typical plot point of revenge is in there. Ghosts don’t seem to do much else except roam around looking for vengeance anyway, but the acting is well done and the plot has more going on then just an evil ghost. It helps that the movie looks good. The prison they end up in is run down and creepy and the ghost has quite the talent for slaughtering people with a long chain and hook. It was fun to watch and more interesting than slasher with a knife flicks. I guess I have a fondness for ghost movies.
There’s plenty of shut your brain off action going on here. You’ve got a virtual reality machine that gets infected by a ghost first of all but Tom also happens to have a way to deal with this problem. That right there is a big ‘switch the brain off’ moment but it’s alright. While most of the acting is well done, Richard Dormer as Taggert, the grizzly army instructor, is way over the top. This guy is giving Superman a run for leaping over buildings in a single bound. It was the one low point of the film for me and every time he hit the screen I found his character to be extremely annoying. Of course we all know what happens to those characters that grate your nerves and are the jerk of the flick!
I was a little disappointed at the lack of blood here though. It starts out strong enough but fizzles out as the film moves along. Some of the gore suffers from the obvious CG look of it but the ghost has enough evil charm to make up for it. Plus I thought her chain weapon was freaking cool! This certainly isn’t a great movie by any standards. It’s not going to be selling out theaters nationwide or something but it’s loads of fun. It broke my string of bad films I had to sit through and just the production quality of it would have been an ease to my tired brain. Throw in an interesting concept, some great characters and an awesome bad guy and I’m hooked.
Under the marquee – Will