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DEAD AIR
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Corbin Bernsen

Starring:
Bill Moseley
Pat Tallman
David Negahban

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Cocky DJ Logan Burnhardt is recording another episode of his show when a terrorist-threatened bomb drops. releasing zombifying gas all over the city. Logan decides he must keep people informed and take a stand.
Is it good movie?
I can't help but immediately feel like this movie bears a striking resemblance to another radio-zombie movie, Pontypool. If you haven't seen Pontypool, I recommend it- it's different, interesting and pretty badass. This one features another bearded DJ who feels he must take justice into his own hands against armies of the dead. I'm thrilled to see Bill Moseley again, as I love the man and he absolutely carries the film.

Moseley's DJ character is cocky, but not insufferable and Chop-Top pulls it off well. It's also kind of ironic that the man's show topic that day was paranoia. The reason I like this flick is because it's relatively intelligent. The whole thing sort of plays like a a big long radio show and captures that vibe very well. On the downside, I suppose there isn't a lot of action because most of the movie takes place in the booth.

I totally bought this movie, although the terrorist/political theme that the movie employs sort of fell flat, possibly because I'm sick of hearing that sort of thing, I dunno. Moseley does manage to keep his cool throughout the movie (and the whole deal with his family being at risk is pretty compelling too), but the supporting cast seems to fall into a few of the cliche movie traps that plague zombie flicks.

At the end of the day, this flick is worth watching. I dig the way it shows mass destruction happening all over the world and yet it hardly leaves the studio. The characters are well written, the supporting cast is passable, the ideas are good. Although there isn't a lot of action, I'm always happy to see a flick that isn't completely ridiculous. We can't always have zombies eating teenagers, can we?
Video / Audio
Screener copy, no specs.
The Extras
Screener copy, no extras.
Last Call
A town plagued by crazies, a crack radio team trapped inside a building. If you're down for something that would have made a great radio broadcast back in the day, you should check this out. I liked Dead Air quite a bit and can see myself watching it a few more times.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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