In Nazi Germany, a Toymaker takes possession of a mystical book which gives life to the inanimate. After evading the SS, who are under orders from Hitler to retrieve the book, the Toymaker boards a train in an attempt to flee the country. Thinking he's in the clear, the Toymaker soon discovers that a group of high ranking Nazi officers are also on board. Eventually his secret is revealed and the Nazis close in. But the Toymaker has already used the magical tome to bring a vintage doll called Robert to life - and Robert will stop at nothing to protect his master. So begins a blood soaked battle aboard the train as the Toymaker and the killer doll take on the Nazis. It's a fight to the death and only the victor will get off at the next stop.Written by
North Bank Entertainment
Was drawn into seeing 'The Revenge of Robert the Doll', with a cool poster/cover, an intriguing though far from original premise and as someone with a general appreciation for the genre it fits under. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there (though there are decent to good ones as well), made me though apprehensive.
It is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws present in those films are here, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn't do anywhere near enough with. 'The Revenge of Robert the Doll' is really very bad, with so many huge flaws, that are exactly the same as the previous films, and doesn't do anywhere near enough with its potential, which was quite a good deal. There is very little good here, and of the Robert films for me this was the worst due to feeling like a separate film to the series even with the titular characters in it.
Only slight redeeming quality is the sometimes spooky music score. Robert is not a redeeming quality this time, if one has seen the previous Robert films what he does in those films is very little different here, it's all un-scary and stale. Plus he is used poorly, for a titular character it was the Toymaker that seemed much more of a leading role.
Going further on to the negatives, the story does feel over-stretched and some of it comes over as vague and under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less unsettled and never gaining momentum. All the characters are too sketchy and with cardboard thin and colourless personalities and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates. The chemistry is bland and unfocused.
The sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions), the effects are laughable and all of the acting is lacking severely on the whole, that's actually an understatement as the worst of it is horrendous with some of the worst German accents ever committed to celluloid. There is no sense of horror or engagement with the awful predicament they're in, and no connecting with the character, it just reeks of indifference which makes the viewer not care less too.
Dialogue can be stilted and rambling while the pace and film drags on forever, apparent from the very start, never recovering that interest is lost fast. The ending is anti-climactic and more like set-up or foreshadowing of a follow-up, have grown to be wary of these kind of endings because if the plans for the film fall through it would render this film incomplete. Found too many of the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense. Thrills are none, thanks to stodginess and excessive over-familiarity, and found myself never invested in the drama, which tended to be indifferently acted, interminably paced and statically directed.
A lot of 'The Revenge of Robert the Doll' has really dull and going nowhere plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you shocked are far from creative or unsettling. It all feels rather tame, especially in the deaths which were as unimaginative and so what as you could possibly get. The footage included was pointless and seemed only there for padding reasons.
Nothing freaky or interesting, no development and too derivative, while everything is unimaginative and are more odd than scary, completely failing to show any sense of dread. There is nothing interesting or illuminating with what the film was trying to do and the drama is overwrought with no momentum and a lot of weirdness. The direction is leaden, got the sense their heart was not in it. 'The Revenge of Robert the Doll' is very amateurish visually, too drearily lit and shows no care in the way it's shot. The editing has more continuity errors than one can count.
In summary, very poor. 2/10 Bethany Cox
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