• Name: Dead Rising – Watchtower
• Year: 2015
• Country: USA
• Director: Zach Lipovsky
• Main cast: Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen
• Runtime: 118 minutes
• Production company: Legendary Digital Media, Contradiction Films
Although the most important adaptation from a zombies videogame into a movie is Resident Evil (2002), no doubt about that, there have been several others. I’m a personal fan of the adaptation of Doom (2005), even though many people think is awful, but I was already myself a huge fan of the videogames. Specially of Doom, Doom 2 and Ultimate Doom, I spent hours and hours for so many years playing them, having real festivals of pixel blood splattering. Those were the early 90s and by then, there was nothing like Doom. CD-ROMs didn’t exist, even less DVDs, and all you got was a handful of floppy disks to install for hours hoping there was nothing wrong in the process. And then, BOOM! Endless violent action starts! Aaaah, I’m getting nostalgic…
But hey, focus, let’s go to the point. After the (kind of moderated) success of the videogame series Dead Rising (2006, 2010 and 2013), it was logic to expect a movie would come up. Only this time it’s not a big hollywood blockbuster with a huge budget, lots of lame CGI and big stars. Dead Rising – Watchtower is a kind of simple zombie survival flick, a not very original one, and that it seems it opens the season for a franchise (the sequel Dead Rising – Endgame (2016) comming up this year and also TV series in pre production for next one).
Dead Rising – Watchtower is more of the same in the genre: An unexpected hero, a good looking female sidekick, a little bit of criticism towards the sensationalist press, a little more of military-government conspiracies, some crazy hand made weapons and lots of blood and splatters, and some ridiculous family drama that won’t let us share one single tear. Written by an unknown Tim Carter, who is also in charge of writting the sequel and the TV series, and directed by a basicly TV director Zach Lipovsky, the result is a film that gets too boring at some parts. The direction drifts when the action slows down and the editing and sound neither helps you to keep in tension. At least the action scenes are not bad choreographed and when it comes to slash the raising dead ones entertainment flows well. But that makes Dead Rising – Watchtower what it really is: a mere easy to forget entertaining product but with nice generosity in blood and guts.
Oh, and a curiosity, you can spot the Soska Twins having a cameo as some flesh hungry zombies at some parts of the film, heheh. Yes, a no use curiosity, but I found it funny. Sorry. Bye.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3816458
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