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Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)

Dead Rising (original title)
Not Rated | | Action , Horror | 27 March 2015 (USA)
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A group of people fight to survive in a zombie-infested town.

Director:

Zach Lipovsky

Writer:

Tim Carter
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Metcalfe ... Chase Carter
Meghan Ory ... Crystal
Virginia Madsen ... Maggie
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Jordan
Aleks Paunovic ... Logan
Dennis Haysbert ... General Lyons
Gary Jones ... Norton
Carrie Genzel ... Susan
Rob Riggle ... Frank West
Reese Alexander ... Shearson
Harley Morenstein ... Pyro Biker
Julia Benson ... Amy
Peter Benson ... Bruce
Darren Dolynski ... Sergeant
Patrick Sabongui ... Hippie Zombrex Doctor
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In East Mission, Oregon, the Hit Point reporter Chase Carter and the camerawoman Jordan are covering stories from the people in quarantine of a zombie outbreak. The FEZA is using the vaccine Zombrex to inoculate the victims and Chase tries to interview Crystal LaRourke that is on the location. Out of the blue, the patients turn into zombies and Jordan flees with the Hit Point car, leaving Chase behind. He follows Crystal chased by zombies and she stumbles upon Maggie, a woman in shock that has just lost her daughter. They seek shelter in a loan store while Jordan arrives in the border but is sent to quarantine. While the military under the command of General Lyons want to bomb the city since Zombrex is ineffective, Chase, Crystal and Maggie fight to reach the border. Chase discovers a secret about Crystal while Jordan discloses the real intention of General Lyons. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Action | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Dead Rising: Watchtower See more »

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Trivia

There is reference to the main character in Dead Rising 2, Chuck Greene. One zombie is wearing the signature yellow jacket that Chuck wears in Dead Rising 2. See more »

Goofs

During general Lyons' first press conference under the rain, he says he has "authorization from the White House to destroy the threat through military action", Later on, he talks about a "great American city". Several aerial views show a great city indeed, but it is Vancouver, in Canada... The White House has no authority over Canadian territory. See more »

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Frank West: You're basically fucked.
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Connections

Followed by Dead Rising: Endgame (2016) See more »

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Let's All Play (in a grown up way)
Written and performed by Douglas Roegiers
© DR
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Campy and absurd from combining too many imbalanced aspects, though it presents some of the game's quirky amusements.
8 July 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Dead Rising games don't exactly have the most serious adventure or horror story. After all, this is the franchise that has the idea of strapping battery into wheelchair to make an electric battering ram. It operates in this often ludicrous logic, although it also tries to shoehorn a cumbersome amount of narrative and plods the pace in result.

The story follows Chase, an ambitious reporter who is taping in the medical center aid. Zombrex, a medicine to stop zombification, is introduced and administered in this downtown site. Unfortunately, accident occurs and Chase finds himself scrambling to survive and get the word out. It does resemble the set-up of the games as one person is trapped in large setting.

There are multitudes of problem in writing. It may mimic the appearance, but the script is tumbling between comically ridiculous and over-the-top misplaced drama. At one point, it adds military propaganda which contradicts the supposed quirky style. The game itself doesn't venture too much into thriller and this is a movie where it opens with clown zombie, so the drama feels very detached.

Acting is a miss most of the time. There's barely any character worth rooting for as they are either firmly one dimensional or simply annoying. The original hero Frank West is relegated to a crude talk show, but then the movie introduces Dennis Haysbert, a veteran actor to build conspiracy subplot. It's as though the movie takes the combining gimmick from the game too literal and throws tons of ideas to what sticks.

Thankfully, the action is pleasantly done. Cinematography is good, definitely better than most game inspired movie. It often creates fine spectacle, especially in one particular continuous shot. Practical effect and CGI work better than expected as well, delivering dismemberment and bloody scenes with fine commitment. There's more effort invested on the violence than anything, which is fan pleasing, at the very least.

With a stuttering pace and two hours runtime, the movie does feel bloated. However, for fans of horror or the game, there is plenty of gleeful and numbing carnage here.


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