Monday, October 31, 2016

Movie reviews: Black Road

In a future, splintered U.S. a cybernetically enhanced mercenary tries to protect a woman from her angry ex-husband.

Sam Daly (Dylan), Simon Templeman (Sterling), Leilani Sarelle (Lisa), Michelle Lombardo (Sarah), Kenajuan Bentley (Eddie), Danforth Comins (Bruce), Dan Donohue (Dr. Paul), Mike Estes (Mohawk).

Black Road begins with some mild character introduction before moving to the plot. While things aren't explained well, they also are not very complicated and the plot in this one turns out to be pretty simple. Dylan is a cybernetically enhanced mercenary who comes to the rescue of Lisa when she is attacked. When she explains her ex-husband is violent, and has hidden a large amount of gold on his property, they strike a deal. The rest of the film is a mess of action scenes, sexuality, and poor plot points winding down to a flat ending.

Acting was somewhat disappointing with Daly feeling detached and frequently unemotional. Templeman was interesting only so much as his character was about the most unusual in the film. Sarelle did okay but appeared to rely on her physical assets rather than contributing with acting skills or emotion. The remainder of the supporting cast was mild at best.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were also a mix. Some scenes were well filmed with nice sets and backgrounds while others were poorly lit, out of focus, and framing was poor. CGI effects were mild but fit well. Dialogue was bland, often felt forced, and didn't add much to the film. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

Overall Black Road was somewhat disappointing. The sci-fi aspect was thin and unused, acting was bland and lacked depth, as did dialogue and action scenes. As background noise this one works okay but those looking for a true sci-fi action thriller will likely be disappointed.

With some fairly explicit sexuality, nudity, and violence save this one for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 10.21.16
Star rating: 1 out of 5
Genre: Action Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Independent Thrillers, Thrillers

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