Hate a vast majority of The Asylum's output with a passion, their output is near-universally maligned (though they have their defenders it seems) and that reception is more than well deserved. Despite a vast majority of their films being weak or worse, many are irredeemably terrible, there is something compulsive about their badness and the curiosity as to whether they are capable of churning out a film that rises above okay. To me they have done, but very, very sporadically.
This film is very close to being down there with their worst. It had a very interesting idea, despite it being derivative it was still one of The Asylum's better ideas, and screws it up horrendously by executing its potential (it even got Tom Sizemore and Dominique Swain on board, and am pretty sure the reason why they agreed to do it was for the money) worse than amateurishly. Hate films that don't look like those all round involved made an effort, that makes me angry, hate films that waste potential and hate films that fail to make what seems to work on paper interesting. This does all three of those things.
Not unexpectedly from The Asylum, the film looks as though it was made in a rush and on the most miniscule budget possible. Just to say, have seen films that were made with not much money and made in less than a month, but they manage to be well done and interesting films with good writing and performances (my recent re-watch of 2011's 'Margin Call' springs to mind, not trying to compare just something that sprung up in my mind just now). So budget and time constraints to me are not excuses for low quality everywhere else. Anyway, the whole film looks drab and made me feel nauseous in a way, the visual effects afterthought-like.
Music is little more than an intrusive slog, with poorly balanced sound quality, and there is no competence at all in the direction. The dialogue is stilted, often over-complicated and incomprehensible, gibberish that makes one cringe in the worst moments. The story fails completely to have any unintentional camp value to make it strangely entertaining for the wrong reasons, it is a lifelessly paced story that takes itself too seriously that it becomes painfully monotonous. The action doesn't seem to have any aim to it.
Again not unexpectedly, the characters are either charisma-void or annoying and not one actor gives a remotely okay performance. Sizemore and Swain look as though they want to be somewhere else and the rest of the cast don't even try to act. To cap things off, the ending was over-the-top ridiculous.
Only small redeeming merit is the first three minutes, which is the only thing to have any shred of quality, but it is only a small chunk, jars with the rest of the film and one questions why it was even there.
Review by TheLittleSongbird from the Internet Movie Database.