Movie Review: Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)

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Based on, and set during events of the video game series of the same name, Dead Rising: Watchtower is an action-horror-zombie film, directed by Zach Lipovsky. Taking place between the second and third games in the series, the film stars Jesse Metcalfe as reporter Chase Carter, and Meghan Ory as Crystal O’Rourke, a survivor of the previous zombie outbreaks, in a world where zombies are well and truly known about. Whilst filming an expose of the new zombie containment areas with his camerawoman Jordon (Keegan Connor Tracy), Chase is stranded in the middle of a new outbreak, once virus suppressant Zombrex suddenly ceases working.

+ both human protagonists, Jesse Metcalfe as Chase Carter, and Meghan Ory as Crystal O’Rourke were effective, and neither came across too cheesy even though it would have been easy to. Metcalfe was suave and smarmy, but managed to ‘grow’ over the course of the film, and Ory plays the damsel-not-in-distress nicely
+ the human antagonists, taking the form of the film version of the games’ Psychopath bosses, are a wild biker gang, blaring the soundtrack to Dead Rising 3 on their stereos. They are led by the ruthless Logan (iZombie‘s Aleks Paunovic)
+ the zombie fighting is for the most part wild, and overall a fantastic game-to-film representation of the game series. Any and everything can potentially be used as a weapon, and the characters make use of this infinite supply to smash, slash or crash through any zombies in their way
+ many first person shots or shots that follow the objects (such as weapons) make for a very ‘video gamey’ feeling. Similarly, there is one very long single shot following Chase as he massacres a crowd of zombies. It’s awesome
+ the cutaways to the new reports, featuring Rob Riggle as Frank West (he’s covered wars, you know) and news anchor Susan (Carrie Genzel) are simply hilarious

– the film does take itself very seriously, for being based on a video game known for it’s outlandish humour and action. The few moments where it could perhaps be a bit silly are relegated to the news cutaways

> Metcalfe and Ory both previously appeared in John Tucker Must Die, which was thankfully not an indication of the quality of this film.
> I hate clowns.

Should you see this film: I expected this to be another shameless cash-in on a popular video game franchise, so imagine my surprise when this film was actually pretty good. Good action, good acting, and some nice gore made for an overall very enjoyable viewing experience. If you are a fan of the games, or just love zombies, give this a watch.

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