DEAD RISING: ENDGAME

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The sequel to 2015’s Dead Rising: Watchtower starts with a short credits recap of the first one, but seemingly assumes you’ve either seen the earlier film and paid attention to what happened or bought this for a few pounds for an undemanding night’s entertainment and don’t really care about further details.  It’s the continuing adventures of reporter Chase Carter.  He’s learned that the army are complicit in releasing and exacerbating a zombie plague in the fictional city of East Mission. 

After surviving the city first time around, he lost his friend to the conspiracy and is determined to reveal the truth to the world.  This leads him back in and into contact with an ex-employee of the company responsible for the virus, who wants Chase’s help to stop the army murdering 1.5 million people who have chips in them that slow the virus down.  Or something. 

It doesn’t really matter.  This is modern zombie movie cliché central.  Conspiracy blah blah zombies blah blah let’s call them another name because that’s what people do these days blah blah Z’s blah freaking blah.  Characters explain the been-there-before plot to anyone that cares, and then fight (zombies or other people) for a bit, then run around, rinse repeat.   It rarely resembles the game series that inspired it, but often resembles innumerable other films of its ilk.

Dead Rising the computer game was generally a blast.  Inspired by classics from the genre and with some pretty out there gameplay it was a good time.  This movie is not a good time.  Like most stuff these days it treats a fairly ridiculous idea too seriously.  The chances of zombies actually happening is so unlikely for so many perfectly good reasons that make it impractical, you just wish once someone would go proper Fulci on us again instead of this attempt at ‘realism’.  You know, flesh eating with a capital F for fun.

Written by a committee and populated by actors like That Woman from That Film and That Dude from That Film, there’s no one to engage with or care about.  Billy Zane pops up as a loony scientist for a few minutes.  Dennis Haysbert is in it.  Ian Tracey (so great in the CBC’s Intelligence some years back) is in it.  Actors have to make a living though too, so you can’t blame ‘em too much.

For what it is, there are many more badly made films than Dead Rising: Endgame.  If you just love any zombie movie, want some obvious CGI gore and aren’t too bothered about anything else, go for it.  Fans of the game won’t recognise much in this.  For anyone else, there’s much more out there worth your time.

DEAD RISING: ENDGAME / CERT: 18 / DIRECTOR: PAT WILLIAMS / SCREENPLAY: TIM CARTER / STARRING: JESSE METCALFE, KEEGAN CONNOR TRACY, JESSICA HARMON, DENNIS HAYSBERT / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 31ST


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