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Dead Rising: Endgame Blu-ray Review

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“Dead Rising: Endgame” is dead on arrival.

In this sequel to 2015’s “Dead Rising: Watchtower,” news reporter Chase Carter and General Lyons return along with some new characters in a story involving a mysterious project known as Afterlife, zombie experiments, the missing Jordan Blair, cover-ups, truth, and a whole lotta zombie mayhem.

The “Dead Rising” video game franchise may be a blast to play on Xbox, but it doesn’t translate well to movie form… at least in the case of “Dead Rising: Endgame.” Now, I haven’t seen “Dead Rising: Watchtower” so I was a little in the dark on certain elements, but if this unwatchable film is any indication, I have no desire to ever see it. From the first 15 minutes, ‘Endgame’ lost my interest and never regained it. I was bored to tears watching lifeless characters running around, irritating handheld camera work that tried to come off as gritty, humans fighting amongst themselves, and convoluted exposition. Not even the zombies could grab my attention as the makeup inconsistencies and weird snarling noises were laughable at best.

As I mentioned, the character work is abysmal here which is a shame as there are some talented cast members here including veteran Dennis Haysbert, the always unpredictable Billy Zane, and the reliable Keegan Connor Tracy. It’s a shame they didn’t have better material to work with.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite the weak cinematography, this Blu-ray transfer delivers.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It’s solid but hardly revelatory.

Extras:
* A sheet of 7 tattoos.
* Featurettes on the characters of Chase Carter, Jill Ekland, Jordan Blair, and Sandra Lowe.
* “Bringing Zombies To Life”- A very brief montage of behind-the-scenes work on the zombie makeup.
*  “From Game To Screen”- A standard featurette on this sequel movie that is based on the Capcom video game franchise.
* “Making The Weapons”- A look at the weapons used in the movie.

Overall Thoughts: What little exciting action there is is not worth enduring “Dead Rising: Endgame” for. You’re much better off playing the far more entertaining video games instead.

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December 6, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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