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A welcome surprise
on 13 December 2014
I had relatively low expectations heading into this one and it pleasantly exceeded them. It's a low budget production and won't be to everybody's taste but it has high aspirations and I thought it was enjoyable enough to make it worth a crack.
The film is set in 40's America and the plot is nicely convoluted, springing the odd surprise. Essentially we follow our main protagonist , Tom Sparks (played by Chase Williamson) as he attempts a superhero career, he has the tragic backstory in place but a seeming lack of actual powers. He soon lands face first in the case of a brutal serial killer and the subsequent chase sees him encounter various other heroes and villains in a noirish, hard boiled, detective/superhero flick.
You could argue that the film aims for the likes of Sin City or Watchmen and whilst it falls way short of those lofty heights, taken on its own merits I think it succeeds. The 40's setting and the retro vibe help to excuse some of the dodgier costumes and effects. There's the odd bit of ropey acting but on the whole it's decent enough to carry things through - there's a few familiar faces you'll spot along the way. It's got a relatively intricate plot come the end and a decent amount of action to keep things ticking over to that point.
Overall, if you're not expecting too much then I think this is good stuff, cautiously recommended.