GHOST MACHINE (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Young military soldiers and nerds are involved in the development (and theft) of a high-tech virtual reality simulator. They of course, get together and decide to party. This leads to trouble because they're literally haunted by one of the ghosts of a political prisoner who had died where they're rocking out. That poor girl was a 'cyberterrorist' and she's back for revenge!
Is it good movie?
Of course, Sean Faris' character is named Tom due to his uncanny resemblance to some crazy dude who jumps on couches. Him and his foolish buddy decide to party in a really stupid location and then they've got to deal with the long lost ghost of a scary cyber hacker woman thing. Yeah, I know you're not interested yet.
This movie isn't a complete dog. The pacing off from the start (with a slow moving kidnapping scene and an introduction to our stereotypical characters) and the movie begins in a somewhat lame fashion. This is another one of those movies where anyone who knows anything about computers will immediately have to have some serious suspension of disbelief or they're in for some pain. There's a lot of phony interfaces and lame jargon being thrown around to make you roll your eyes.
Also, the ghost in this flick looks really stupid. It's a chick in a hood who literally drags a chain around behind her. Is that scary? And why did all of this happen? Why couldn't the boys have simply mapped the location into the game? How does a military sim take place in a prison? This movie does not hold up to scrutiny very well.
On top of all this, it takes over half of the film before ghostly stuff ends up happening and when it does it feels forced and lame. It's established in this film that the ghost exists before they accidentally suck it into the game, so why should we care if the ghost goes into the game if it already exists without it?
There's a lame love triangle, a mean commander (who somehow ends up in the game), and a super weak reveal at the end to tide you over too.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and looks fantastic in 1080p. This might be a crappy movie but the HD picture quality is as good as it could be.
Audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and it too sounds really good. It's super weird for a budget title like this to have 7.1 audio but it does and again, this is some good stuff.
Zilch! The Ghost must have gotten the extras!
Ultimately this is a flick that feels and looks like a sci-fi movie of the week that has a bit more gore and language. I wanted to like it, but it isn't easy to get past the tired plot and really silly notions that the film puts forth. For fans of cheesy, low-budget stuff only.