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If this isn't a warning against substance abuse...Mr. Sheen, who, last time I checked, was officially a movie star, suddenly appears in an Albert Pyun film! Pyun, my new favorite director, seemed to be realizing he might almost have the opportunity to make a "real" film, and directed on his best behavior, ignoring his usual aesthetic choices of incoherent editing and mumbled dialogue for a relatively straightforward (and blah) style. Basically a dull rip-off of silence of the lambs & manhunter & such, although Sheen certainly isn't bad and possesses a star quality that does compel you to watch. The Scottish locations are different, but the film is slow and doesn't capitalize on certain intriguing plot strands. Sheen needs to take a juicy supporting role in a good film and work his way back up. As for Mr. Pyun, a little less steadicam, please!
In "Postmortem", Sheen plays a burnt out ex homicide detective from San Francisco who, while hiding from his past in Scotland and booze, gets caught up in a serial killer mystery. The flick is okay artistically though at times so ponderously morose and dark as to have the appearance of an old Frankenstein flick. Sheen wears out the one serious expression in his repertoire of nuanced visages; taught lipped and frowning. The flick doesn't quite make it over the bar on major plot issues such as the spent cop dealing with demons; the investigation becomes a bit convoluted; and the ending is predictable, anticlimactic, and could have been better. Etc. Nonetheless, "Postmortem" makes for an okay watch for Sheen fans, serial killers, and the idle with an appetite for macabre stuff.
If you don't expect too much from a serial killer thriller, this movie is nice entertainment. Directed by Albert Pyun, better known for trashy made science fiction/action/martial arts movies, it introduces a disillusioned and alcohol-addicted U.S. cop (played by ex-star Charlie Sheen) to a series of brutal girl murders in the Scottish countryside. The film is nothing special, just a cop losing his mind, being suspected of being the murderer, and finally tracking down the real killer and saving the last victim from its fate. The setting is outstanding, with the dark architecture of Scottish cities and the sinister atmosphere of Hammer-Horror-like countryside. Sit back and be thrilled for 105 minutes of nice serial killer entertainment!
Having watched numerous Charlie Sheen movies, and seen more or less the same type of performances from him in each one, I was not expecting this. Charlie Sheen manages to pull off quite a watchable performance as James Magregor, a weary but hardened cop, who goes to Glasgow for some light relief from his lifestyle...?....The film itself was quite slow, but the choice of location and the addition of a few smaller actors who are barely recognisable from other films, made the look of the film quite arthouse and cult-like compared with most of Sheen's other film work. There is a lot of use of the steady-cam, which at times becomes an annoyance,but it doesn't detract from the film The director really seems to capture the tension and fear in the film, and for a film that was shot entirely in twelve days with a mostly unknown cast, that aint bad. Overall, good thriller with some great support from the excellently cast unknowns! A must see for Sheen fans!
Well at last Albert Pyun has delivered a decent film. Although this one isn't the best film of all time, it is a marked improvement on his other works like 'Crazy Six' and 'Mean Guns' as well as the dire 'Omega Doom'. Charlie Sheen certainly helps the cause which cant be said for the other actors in the cast. Why have it in Scotland? Well I dont know, maybe its because its cheaper to make or maybe because Sheen likes the Scottish Pubs.
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James McGregor (Charles Sheen) is a former San Francisco cop who is now
a celebrity serial killer profiler. He goes to Scotland to discover his
Scottish roots and also to try to get away from his demons, which seem
to be alcoholism and...well...alcoholism. When a serial killer begins
killing the women of Glasgow, at first McGregor is a suspect but then
he begins working with the authorities to try to apprehend the evildoer
before he strikes again. Will Charles use all his serial killer
knowledge to prevent another killing? Albert Pyun once again proves -
as if further proof was needed - that he's a talentless human being
with this dour drama that struggles to hold the viewers' interest.
Sure, it might be a mild improvement on earlier Pyun disasters, but
that's not saying much. The fact that it's a Charles outing should be
another red flag. Of course, once we see him smoking, drinking and
acting crazy, we thought Postmortem might be a documentary about
Sheen's life, but that turned out to be a false alarm.
This is a very standard "chasing a serial killer" movie, and this plot has been done countless times, and it was perfected by TV shows like Criminal Minds. Pyun brings nothing new to the table. The Scottish locations are somewhat interesting, and the movie is certainly buoyed somewhat by them and the Scottish actors. But Sheen seems miscast as someone named "McGregor". It seems to be something of a misuse of Sheen.
Sheen was hitting the skids, Pyun is usually on the skids, and the whole thing is kind of a mess. Postmortem has zero sense of pacing and thus "PostBoredom" is a more accurate name.
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Charlie Sheen's career has had many highs and lows and back in the late 90s he found himself out of favour with Hollywood's elite. Before resurrecting his career on television he was only able to exploit his star power in direct-to-video releases. In an effort to be taken more seriously, Sheen tried formalising his name for films such as Postmortem. Nobody noticed. Directed by Albert Pyun, the serial killer thriller was arguably a career low. Sheen plays a borderline alcoholic ex-cop drawn back into the field of serial killer profiling when a girl is found dead. Although this sounds fairly standard, the film's location is unique. Postmortem was made in Scotland! The sight of Charlie Sheen wandering around bars in Glasgow is pretty surreal. Featuring a supporting cast of local talent and various unknowns, what Postmortem lacks in Hollywood production qualities (it's cheaper looking than an episode of Taggart) it at least makes up for in curiosity value.
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A made-for-TV movie when Charlie Sheen was Charles,who plays Jack McGregor, a self-retired California detective with expertise in profiling serial killers. Burnt out and dealing with his demons, McCregor drinks his life away in a remote Scotland home. Jack has gained some celebrity status from writing mystery novels. A deranged killer begins sending him obits of his most recent kidnap victim before he kills her. McGregor is reluctantly forced into helping the local authorities track down the serial killer before the body count increases. Sheen actually shows some of his non-comedic talent. Others in the cast: Michael Halsey, Ivana Milicevic, Dave Anderson, Stephen McCole and Zuleika Shaw.
As a Scot, I was pleased to see various locations in and around Glasgow
as the setting for this movie. However, despite the setting, I am
certain that this shall remain one of the worst examples of film-making
that I will ever have to endure.
The worst thing about this truly atrocious movie is surprisingly not the woeful acting performances, with an appalling Charlie Sheen at the front of the line; nor indeed is it the very poorly written script. Both aspects are beaten to that title by Charlie Sheen's desperate attempts to be regarded as a serious actor by simply going under the name of Charles Sheen.
Next time, Mr. Sheen would be better to focus on giving a performance with at least some depth and emotion which the audience could connect with. Many a poorly scripted film is saved by one or two stand out performances. Sadly, only Glasgow delivered on this one, with Mr. Sheen's performance only adding to the endless list of flaws attached to this movie.
Overall, Postmortem is struggling to score 1 out of 10.
Albert Pyun's directing seems to be improving with age. This is a perfectly respectable thriller, a movie that you would hesitate to call "inept" in any way - unless of course you're a personal enemy of Pyun's. However, it's also a bit too long and sluggish, and not as exciting as it should be. It jumps to life only occasionally (mainly in the chase scenes). Charlie Sheen is not very convincing as a boozing, worn-out, depressed yet brilliant writer/ex-detective; he's both too young and too clean-cut for such a role. (*1/2)
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