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Soul Searcher [DVD]
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Low-budget thriller. Joe Fallow (Ray Bullock Jr.) works nights driving a street sweeper, hangs out in a cafe with his one and only friend and is hopelessly in love with waitress Heather (Katrina Cooke). Then, one night, an ailing Grim Reaper comes to Joe with an offer: to be trained as his replacement, dispensing supernatural justice in the afterlife.
Top Customer Reviews
As Neil Oseman is still cutting his teeth in the Director's Chair I think he should be given a nod of respect.
Watch the extra features on this DVD and you might understand that Soul Searcher isn't about one night's entertainment, it's about inspiration.
I think Soul Searcher is a film for wannabe film-makers...not boneheads.
Incidently, does S.M stand for Small-Minded...?
Andy Nicol puts in a great performance as the movies bad guy Dante, while Ray Bullock JNR (not to be confused with the guy who sang the theme from Ghostbusters) is also very convincing as the every day guy who manages to save the world.
Soul Searcher is a hark back to the days of real practical effects rather than CGI. And, while some of these may be ropey in places (to be expected given the budget), many of them are also extremely impressive! They give the production a certain charm that is completely lacking from the clinical Hollywood blockbuster output that we usually see these days.
Special mention must go to the films musical score too. Low budget movies usually have some guy in his bedroom creating the music on his Rolf Harris Stylophone. Not so with Soul Searcher. Here we have a full 60 piece philomonic orchestra doing the deed.
Yes Siree, you won't be dissapointed with this one.
The script is the real problem: it's too obvious what's going to happen and the sub-plots are dull and irrelevant to the main one, which concerns a young and diffident street sweeper being appointed Death's apprentice. The dialogue is horrible in places and you can guess what line is coming because you've heard it said a million times before, in better movies. The actors are OK but have little to work with, though admittedly I thought the fight scenes were quite well choreographed and I was fairly intrigued by the film for the first half an hour. But, once the novelty wore off, I soon found myself sadly willing for the end.
It's not worth being too harsh on the effects because they can only be so good on a miniscule budget, though Oseman should have really thought twice about the banshee! Indie fans and new filmmakers should find something in this film that makes it worth a watch but, as a slice of audience entertainment, it's pretty poor viewing.
By the time the "legion" of baddies arrive (thats 3 baddies really, cleverly filmed from different angles. Kill Bill showdown it aint) I was willing for the end. The climax being a train crash into hell that looks more like Wallace and Gromit go to the Moon.
All in all dire, souless acting, dreadful, dreadful script and a story lifted straight from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Neil, I take my hat off to you and you should be very proud of the work you put in on such little resources. For a movie viewer wishing to be entertained, however, it was like Knightmare meets Rolfs Cartoon Club. In a bad way!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a film student this is worth watching.
If your not dont bother with this one. Nicely shot but the script is nonsense and doesn't gel.
Joe (Bullock) works as a street sweeper driver. One night he witnesses a fight and gets involved. A little after that Death offers him a job. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2007 by Francisco
It's tempting to start this review with `if you can get past the dubious acting and cheap special effects' but actually, about an hour into the film, I found myself so involved in... Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2007 by Mr. C. G. Regan