Friday, June 30, 2017

Movie review: Dead Rising 2: End Game

 In this sequel, investigative reporter Chase Carter must navigate the quarantined zone of East Mission City to get the story of a lifetime and stop a government conspiracy focused on ending the zombie epidemic by killing millions of innocent civilians.

Jesse Metcalfe (Carter), Marie Avgeropoulos (Sandra), Ian Tracey (Hancock), Keegan Tracy (Jordan), Jessica Harmon (Jill), Billy Zane (Rand), Patrick Sabongui (Garth), Camille Sullivan (Susan), Jim Thorburn (Capt. Smith).

Dead Rising 2: End Game begins with a mild shot at relating to the original film, and almost makes it. Some mild plot setup and character introductions out of the way, the film settles into a lethargic cycle of drama, action, zombies, rinse, repeat. Sadly the plot has little depth and the poor storytelling of this film doesn't help much.

Acting was tepid for the most part. Metcalfe was okay. Avgeropoulos was solid but felt uninspired and like she was lacking energy. Zane felt like he phoned this one in, as did much of the cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are decent. Action scenes are okay with some good variety and gore. Dialogue is dry and predictable. Soundtrack is mild.

Overall Dead Rising 2: End Game may be a nice entry level zombie flick, but not much more. The plot is thin, technical work mild, and acting has little energy. The result is a film that has some sparks of entertainment punctuating less than entertaining dramatic scenes.

With gore and violence, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 6.18.17
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Zombies, Sci-Fi, Action, Horror

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