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Incredibly lame action horror with little action and little horror,
This review is from: Nazi Dawn [DVD] (DVD)
With cover art riffing on 80's brutal horror Death Ship, starring Lance Henrikssen and with half-decent trailer, this lured me in as a trashy but exciting prospect. Sadly it only lived up to the trashy aspect. Very badly filmed, the direction goes from low-budget conventional filming style to unconvincing handcam, to 'no training, stick a camera in a hallway and don't remember to focus the lens'. The script is appalling throughout except for 2 father-son moments elevated by Henrikssen's efforts. It consists of an attempt to be topical by being set aboard a black-ops ship where a terrorist is being tortured for information when suddenly all hell breaks loose and the government loses communication with the vessel. Henrikssen's armed team fly in with 2 researchers to find out what happened.
The tension is set up promisingly as they land on a ship littered with bodies that have been killed in inventive ways, but is ludicrously punctured by bad filming and scripting. Nobody does a proper 'sweep' of the ship to find the bad guys responsible for the massacre before they're all sat around chatting. Several notions are put forward about how the victims were all killed with hand-to-hand weapons before this idea is slapped down by daft gunfights. Oh and the female scientist feels the need to wear something akin to a boob-tube and have a teary shower despite supposedly being an experienced field veteran.
The script uses the old lazy low-budget standby of showing lots of 'glimpses' of people walking past, and characters going a bit mental to save on a bad guy FX budget, and the dialogue is astoundingly cliched.
The ending is nothing you haven't seen before.
A lazy, pointless effort that could have been a great deal better and never gets anywhere near exciting or even cheesy fun.