Through the Ashes
- 1h 35min
After a vicious man-made fire, a woman looks for her family amongst the survivors in a post-apocalyptic future.After a vicious man-made fire, a woman looks for her family amongst the survivors in a post-apocalyptic future.After a vicious man-made fire, a woman looks for her family amongst the survivors in a post-apocalyptic future.
For the most part however, ASHES isn't overly concerned with plot or substance. It's an entertaining and briskly paced movie and makes its way mostly from action scene to action scene without being boring. While it's tough to call any of the action set pieces the best in director Fredianelli's nearly forty film oeuvre, they certainly stand out among what we've seen in his past few films and are a return to form to the director's earlier more Peckinpah infused take on violence. There's a real visceral quality to the action and the slow-motion discharge of blank ammunition and squibs makes the impact of every onscreen wound or death inflicted felt. The movie also mixes practical and digital effects to a very effective level making the CGI difficult to spot to the untrained eye. In addition to many moments of gunplay, the film contains a rather ambitious car chase sequence. Though not as large in scope (or as dangerous) as the one in Fredianelli's backwoods thriller HUNTER AND THE HUNTER, the cool cars and vehicle attached heavy weaponry more than make it stand out on its own.
Overall, the acting isn't the strongest there's been in a Wild Dogs movie and there are a few awkward line readings and stilted performances. Standing out most among the cast members by far is Fredianelli himself in a turn as a truly sleazy villain. While his character is largely a minor one in the scheme of the film, he's certainly one of the movie's most memorable.
Despite being clunky in parts, ASHES still comes recommended to any fan of action cinema. While it might not stand as essential Wild Dogs, the movie delivers the goods and entertains in spades. The running time buzzes by and will surely lend itself well to a good movie night.
- May 27, 2019