10 DEAD MEN
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
When a man is forced to watch his fiancé die and then he himself is left to rot, he finds the strength through pills and sheer hate to do a little damage. Ten men took his life away, and those sons a bitches are gonna pay!
Is it good movie?
Ten men are responsible for killing one man’s fiancé. These same men try and kill the one man whose wife was killed. If this man wanted to get revenge on these ten men, he would have to kill all ten. And if he then proceeds to do just that, and he has currently killed eight, how many more does he have to kill?…
Forgive me for writing this as if I were writing a question for an S.A.T, but listening to the narration in 10 Dead Men felt a bit like a lesson in numbers. At one point, Doug Bradley let’s us know that eight of the ten are dead, and now he has two more to kill. Gee, thanks… I needed a refresher course in math. DAMMIT… I knew I should have paid attention in high school… they always said that I’d use math later in life. No offense to Mr. Bradley, he is just reading his lines, but it felt as though whoever wrote the script thinks that the films audience is just a bunch of morons. You see, our hero Ryan (played by Brendan Carr) has one line in the entire film. Most of the time, we just see his facial expressions, but “The Narrator” describes everything that is going through his head, which is terribly helpful… I could never imagine seeing someone you love shot execution style in front of you would suck until Doug told me so.
So no, this isn’t exactly a good movie. If you’ve seen Kill Bill or Oldboy or Arrow’s Deaden, you’ve seen this and you‘ve seen better. The violence here is mostly off-screen. As you see the hits, they cut away as soon as the blood flows. Occasionally you’d almost have a cool cringe worthy moment, but they ended up mostly feeling anti-climatic. Each kill is telegraphed well beforehand so you know who is going to get it, and it also seems that our hero has learned a thing or two from Jason Voorhees because he is able to survive anything… for the most part. But I guess if you are looking to take revenge, you’ve got that extra little spunk to help you through.
For the most part, the performances here are better than one would expect. Yet I think that Mr. Carr might be able to give a good show, but just using his bulging eye’s to express being pissed off didn’t suit him all that well. I realize the use of the narrator was a certain choice made by director Ross Boyask but it really didn’t work for me. It was more distracting and I kept wondering why they wouldn’t let their lead actor speak. I’m not kidding when I say he has maybe one line in the entire film. And for a good hour and some change, I found it very hard to sit through 10 Dead Men, until the final sequence. When it comes to the final, sorta bloody showdown, I at least had some fun. The fight choreography is a little silly, but at least it was action and not just some dude telling me about how mad our main guy is.
Video / Audio
I am a big fan of revenge flicks, but 10 Dead Men didn’t work for me. Yes, at around the last twenty minutes or so I found myself having a bit of fun. But until then, the questionable use of a narrator, and the annoyingly obvious facial expressions from the lead really started to get on my nerves. I didn’t care about anyone so I certainly didn’t care how or when or why he went on his vengeance fueled hunt. Too bad, I had high hopes for this one.