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I have previously viewed five films directed by Timo Rose (Barricade,
Karl the Butcher, Fearmakers, Beast and Unrated: The Movie)and found
them all thoroughly entertaining. Seeking good entertainment value is
the reason why most of us buy films on DVD so customer satisfaction was
achieved on such previous occasions. Therefore, I could not resist the
latest offering by Timo especially as it had two of my favourite
actresses, Debbie Rochon and Raine Brown, plus Nicola Fiore, who I have
seen before but heard some good reports about her past performances, in
the lead female roles. I have also seen the male lead, Thomas Kercmar,
in at least four films and he always made a favourable impression with
his contribution to those films. Add to the above positive points, the
fact that the supporting cast contained a host of talented actors and
actresses whose work was very familiar to me (often in lead roles
themselves) then this became a long awaited 'must buy'. I was certainly
not disappointed as all concerned combined to produce a film that hit
the target as far as I am concerned.
The film commences at a sedate pace for the opening 20 minutes but then there is an abrupt change of atmosphere when the element of violence is suddenly and unexpectedly introduced in a most effective manner. But, a hint that something sinister and dodgy was lurking in the storyline ready to pounce was provided during a short scene neatly inserted early on.
During the opening period, I particularly enjoyed a scene where Raine, Debbie and Nicola were discussing in a very relaxed manner the merits of various 'A-List Stars' which certainly mirrored my own views. I am sure that such 'Red Carpet' slitherers who as considered 'Mega stars' by some (especially themselves) could not have handled the principal parts any better than the three genuinely talented actresses in this film especially those in the extremely demanding close up scenes. Such scenes are now the hallmark of Timo's work which effectively impact on the senses.
Timo certainly does not rest of his past laurels as far as the presentation of gore special effects is concerned. Most people would have satisfied themselves by just presenting a rehash of previous work with slight variations but Timo and his skilled crew have once again attempted successfully to push the boundaries by their introduction of some innovative special effect stomach churners in a very effective manner.
Raine and Debbie have once again reinforced my opinion of them as two of the best in the business. 100% value and viewing satisfaction guaranteed at all times with these ladies. If I was responsible for drawing up a cast list of actors for any type of role then these two would certainly be on the list purely on the grounds of ability, versatility, reliability and experience. Nicola is now a candidate to add to the list after viewing her performance. I will certainly be seeking our further examples of her work to watch. I sense that Timo may have had these ladies in mind when he scripted the film as they performed the intense, demanding roles, which required changes in personality and attitude to each others character as the situation they found themselves in developed, to perfection. Flawless performances by all three which I admired.
Timo has over the years assembled an enthusiastic, premier league acting and production team who are on the same wavelength as himself. This certainly provides a solid foundation for any independent film production with limited resources. It is noted that a number of people 'helping out' on this film in various capacities are themselves well respected film makers in their own right and Timo can be seen in some of their productions. This seemingly informal arrangement resembles a film making co-operative movement made up of production and acting talent which extends across national boundaries on both sides of the Atlantic - a transatlantic galaxy of talent which proves that human resources can overcome any lack of financial resources. When you blend in acting talents such as Debbie, Raine, Nicola and Manoush then Timo and associates have produced a recipe for success. One can almost sense the energy and enthusiasm of all concerned in the production of films such as 'Game Over'.
Manoush, a dark brooding presence, makes her now expected dramatic visual impression with just her expressions, body language, movements and eye contact. The speaking of lines is a bonus. She is certainly a mistress of the art!! I am always persuaded to press the playback button to watch repeatedly her sequences to catch and appreciate the subtle movements and expressions.
A couple of years ago, a young actress named Magdalena Kalley caught my attention in a minor film role and I have since watched her progress with interest. Magdalena has a substantial and demanding role in this film and she produces a very confident and assured performance which certainly fulfils my high expectations. She has developed a screen presence which immediately attracts the attention of the viewer as soon as she appears in a scene. By the way, Magdalena is also a talented singer and songwriter and her work can be heard on the soundtrack of this film.
The closing fight sequences involving Debbie battling against three 'opponents' in a quest to escape are extremely well staged and create an initial impression that the 'Game is over' ... but is it? Be prepared for the unexpected which is something that regular observers of Timo's work will appreciate.
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