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Debug DVD Review

Debug DVD

“Debug” is repetitive, but watchable.

“Debug” is the story of six computer criminal prisoners who have been assigned to deprogram a giant abandoned freighter. As the prisoners go about their business, they discover that their job isn’t going to be routine as the AI security system (IAm) has a mind of its own. Not only does the AI play tricks on their minds, but it begins to kill people as well. Can the killer IAm be stopped or will everyone be wiped out?

If “Debug” sounds familiar that’s because it feels familiar. Writer/director David Hewlett’s (best known for his role as Dr. Rodney McKay in the “Stargate” TV franchise) sci-fi horror film is essentially a mishmash of other sci-fi works such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Event Horizon,” and, yes, even “Jason X.” Yes, films borrow from other films all the time, but it would have nice to see something more unexpected.

One of the other main issues is with the script itself. The story is heavy with hacking, interface, and AI material which leaves little room for characterization. The characters are all fairly one note and merely exist to be offed by the killer AI.

Criticisms aside, however, “Debug” still remains watchable. It’s well paced, visually interesting (considering the budget), intensely violent in spots (which will no doubt please the gore hounds out there) and is generally well acted.

On the subject of the acting, I’m sure many readers out there will be anxious to know about Jason Momoa’s role in this film. All I have to say is I wouldn’t get too excited as he has very little to do here physically since he plays the AI IAm. He is seen in the flesh a few times though and does seem to be having fun playing a few over-the-top scenes.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? For a low budget sci-fi film, “Debug” has some exceptional production values which gives it a nice visual style (even in standard definition).

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? This is a perfectly adequate 5.1 track.

The only extras are Ketchup Entertainment trailers and a near 20 minute behind the scenes featurette that contains set footage, cast and crew interviews, film clips, and discussions about the story.

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June 7, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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