Dead Mine [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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And it’s always Nazis. It seems you can’t tunnel more than two feet below Europe without unearthing a secret World War II experiment of some kind or another. But not here. Dead Mine is completely different. Here we’re in an island off the coast of Japan and there isn’t a single psychotic World War II scientist to be found. They’re Japanese instead. Here, our hapless treasure hunters get trapped in (guess what?) a mine, only to be stalked by what can best be described as Samauri Golum gimps.
It’s like if ‘Decent’ and ‘Outpost’ had a child, then ‘Dead Mine’ would be their offspring. Only it’s not really as good as either. That’s not to say that it’s (that) bad. It’s no classic (not even a cult classic), but, if you’re in the mood, it’s watchable enough.
Performances aren’t anything special. You’ll pretty much guess who’s going to die and in which order from the beginning, as most people’s motives are pretty self explanatory.
There’s not as much gore as you might think, which will annoy some people. The budget obviously didn’t allow for that much in the way of special effects.
The story is as you’d expect and starts off pretty well, however the final act gets a little weird and may leave you wondering what happened.Read more ›
However, I personally liked the international cast, British, Indonesian, Malay-Chinese and Japanese. they also made a reaonable attempt at acting, which again is above par for the genre.
Frankly most of these films have plots so full of holes, they're like Swiss cheese. This film is no different, but it isn't quite as silly as the majority of films in the genre. In short, I was expecting utter crap, but found I enjoyed it.
First, while you'd expect a straight-up splatter flick, it manages some unsettling atmosphere and good character writing. I certainly didn't expect to be actually scared by it. Right, it was only scary briefly, but that's beside the point.
And secondly there's not just generic near-human monsters often found in similar films since "The Descent". There's something else too, though thats about all I can tell you without spoilers.
Hmm... "The Descent" didn't have soldiers, "Dog Soldiers" did... those two share a director too... weird...
The biggest problem for me was that the story feels all over the place. We get "Price", (and his girlfriend) looking for "Yamashita's gold", while the Japanese scientist on the trip reveals she is there to investigate (the real) unit 371. The mine in the jungle, which has been abandoned "for decades" has a nice door with a path leading up to it and seems pretty well lit with ambient light somehow. There's a very old Japanese soldier down there, who seems to be playing the part of "Basil exposition" in the main.
A large group of invincible samurai warriors who have been waiting underground then show up, who can dive in all their gear. (What have this lot been eating for the last 70 years?). We never find out what happens to half the party. No that I really cared.
The directors have obviously watched a few other films, not least "Outpost", but there is also the mine escape scene from "broken arrow" and subterranean crawlers (see "the descent").
It isn't terrible, but there is no sense of tension from being in the tunnels or bunker. If you're looking for a bit of bunker action, then I'd suggest "outpost" or "Frankenstein's army" as alternatives to this one.
If we changed the setting, and made the Japanese into Nazis, then we would have seen this film a half dozen times before. The plot was well put together. There was good diversity within the group, but the characters came off boring. The setting was drab and military gray by design, which made it unexciting.
It is worthy of a rental. Won't be in my collection until it is on some multi-pack.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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Disappointed with this one for so many reasons. In fact the only bit of originality in this, if you can call it that, was the setting - it is a new twist in the Japanese soldiers... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Roy Szweda
Yes it's one of many. Yes you have seen the plot many times over but that is true for so many other genres. The key is how well it is done. Read morePublished 24 months ago by M. jackson