This was my most anticipated Asylum film of the year and it didn’t let me down it was phenomenal! I was blown away by the directing, writing, music, cinematography and special effects.
So many times I want to tell you my favorite scenes, but I can’t this time. Without giving away anything here’s why it’s a great film. Start with the writing, Paul Bales does a great job setting up the characters, plot, subplot, and any foreshadowing in the first ten minutes. The story flows with zero lulls and we get some old war fighting, adventure, disturbing “experiments” and end with futuristic type scenes. Even though the writing was solid the film won’t turn out good without good actors, music, costumes, settings, directing and special effects. Two of those jobs Joe Lawson http://wp.me/p2eH5w-3H took care of. This was his first time directing a film and of course he was the Visual Effects Supervisor. I don’t know if it’s because he knows the director better than anyone else or what, but he did an amazing job and he should get some awards for this film.
Alex Yellen had his work cut out for him too. He had to create and find an old war setting, Antarctica with below surface scenery, the underground Nazi city, creepy settings for the evil Nazi experiments, etc. etc., etc…. Alex is a top cinematographer and Nazis along with “Grimm’s Snow White” http://wp.me/p2eH5w-1B are good examples why.
There’s plenty of tense moments and one especially touching moment and I don’t think those scenes would be near as emotional if it wasn’t for the music by Chris Ridenhour.
All the above components need to be combined with precision in order for the scenes to work and hats off to Rob Pallantina with direction by Joe Lawson for putting all the pieces together.
Short and sweet is that you need to watch this film!
Without spoiling it I have to tell you about one scene. Right around fifteen minutes in the few hairs on my head were standing up, chills running down my spine, and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. That scene along with all the other action and excitement had me smoking a pack of cigarettes when it was over. Does anyone know how to do a “thumbs up” emoticon?
Lastly, I have to quote one line, “Target is covered in Nazi swastikas…I call it hostile”.