Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2015
  • Genre:  Virus
  • Cast and crew: Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen, Keegan Connor Tracy, Aleks Paunovic, Dennis Haysbert, Gary Jones, Carrie Genzel, Rob Riggle, Reese Alexander, Harley Morenstein, Julia Benson, Peter Benson, Darren Dolynski, Patrick Sabongui
  • Director:  Zach Lipovsky
  • Screenwriter:  Tim Carter

Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015) Rating:

  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 4 / 10;
  • IMDb = 5.2 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3.0 / 10;

Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015) Synopsis:

A zombie outbreak forces the military to quarantine a whole town. Trapped inside, reporter Chase Carter will do all he can to escape and save the city.

Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015) Review:

Inspired from the notorious video game Dead RisingWatchtower is at the image of the game: action-packed – but scenario-less. The filmmakers did a good job of reproducing the feel of the video game, with a logical emphasis on the cool sophisticated weapon system that is the highlight of the game. Yet I felt that it wasn’t enough… I was expecting to see much more crazy weapons instead of just the iconic ones from the game. On the least bright side, the attempt to reproduce the video-game aspect results in lengthy action scenes that were not always necessary to the movie.

The scenario is very similar to Resident Evil: Apocalypse, with people locked up into a quarantined city, trying to survive, the military threatening to bomb the city, etc. But Resident Evil is a great movie because it adds some sci-fi elements to the story, such as the Nemesis for example. Here there is nothing but plain zombies and lame main characters. Not even the bad-ass renegade (which by the way feels like a big rip-off from Dawn of the Dead) makes it better. Still, the action scenes are quite good and keep a decent level of entertainment. But the movie is way too long (110min) for such a thin plotline! After the initial excitement (about 1 hour), the movie feels like it is slowing down dramatically.

Recommended only to people who really enjoy the zombie/action genre, and movies such as Resident Evil or House of the Dead.


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