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The Lawnmower Man meets Nightmare on Elm Street with sprinkles of Rambo, and not in a good way

  • Jan 13, 2010
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This premise of this movie was rather simpleton, notwithstanding this simplistic movie was surrounded by unnecessary and lagging plot devices. It also seemed like two or three movies smashed together, say "The Lawnmower Man" and any "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie, with a dash of "Rambo". The plot is that a bunch of friends who are serving in the British military (I am pretty darn sure it was British since everyone in the film, save Sean Faris, had a British accent) meet up in a condemned prison in order to enjoy some realistic virtual reality gaming. Well matters become rather complex when people begin dying in real life after they meet their demise in the game by a ghost.

The movie had more things going against it, than for it. To start off with, the first forty-five minutes are painfully slow and not engaging at all. I almost turned the flick off more than once. Albeit the second half wasn't too bad, but by the time it came, I didn't care. Most of this movie took place in a condemned prison. So if a place is condemned, would there be a need for a guard? Well in this movie the guard happens to be one of the center characters and lets most of the military friends in so they could play their game.

The main characters are Sean Faris, the only character with an American accent and looks a lot like a young Tom Cruise, Luke Ford who is a little better than his nauseating performance in the "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" and Rachael Taylor who is probably the best performer in the film. The characters for the most part are flat and by the time any development of character happens, again I didn't care.

The ghost in this movie is played by a woman and sadly her name escapes me at the moment. I praise her performance; she did a good job as a creepy phantasm with unfinished business. It isn't really the norm to see a woman in this type of role, it was sort of refreshing.

Nevertheless, the movie used many horror movie stereotypes and hides them with an unneeded conduit to the military, characters that were rather lackluster, virtual reality that mocked a third person shooting video game and again the story took way too long to get going. In other words, this movie had potential but sadly it fall flat on its face, hard.

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In the cyber-supernatural B-movieGhost Machine, a military training game that fully immerses soldiers in a virtual reality becomes infested by a malignant spirit--the ghost of a woman who was tortured to death as part of the War on Terror. When a technician named Tom (Sean Faris,Never Back Down) uses sensors to translate a real decommissioned prison into a virtual combat zone, the border between the concrete and the cyber grows fuzzy, turning game death into actual death. It's up to Tom and soldiers Jess (Rachael Taylor,Transformers) and Vic (Luke Ford,The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) to capture this vengeful wraith. Like many B-movies,Ghost Machineis strong on ideas, even if the execution of them lags. The overlap of concrete and virtual realities makes the notion of a haunted video game significantly more compelling. The implicit commentary on the use of torture resonates, even if it isn't carried very far. The dialogue is functional but bland and the men are all fairly nondescript, but Rachael Taylor demonstrates some definite charisma. The movie makes good use of a creepy and decrepit Irish prison, and the special effects, though cheap, are often evocative.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Chris Hartwill
Genre: Horror
Release Date: February 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Sven Hughes, Malachi Smyth
DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
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