Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
A former police officer has become a master at the black arts and all hell breaks loose. Once he is locked away in solitary confinement he uses his powers to escape and conjure up some lousy CGI.
Is it good movie?
What starts out as a fairly interesting premise soon turns into some black magic indeed… When a Thailand police officer named Itti (Chatchai Plengpanich) becomes a necromancer and let’s the power of the black arts take control, he is taken down by his fellow officers and sent to solitary confinement. There are some interesting moments when a guard who is assigned to feed and watch him is seduced by Itti to help him while his magic helps cure his sick son. But the curiosity factor soon magically disappears when Necromancer becomes a cross between those lame big-budget Hollywood cop thriller’s with a grade Z special effects wasteland. There is more CGI in this film than I wanted to see and it is so poorly done that there was not a shred of excitement created when the necromancer gets loose. The story ends up following another cop, Santi (Akara Amarttayakul) hunting Itti down. And thus a battle of good against evil is destined to happen in laughable CGI fashion.
The direction here by Piyapan Choopetch has a lot of style. It felt much like a Hollywood summer blockbuster but again, the special effects cheapened it and the actors are much too on and off to be interesting. I liked Akara as Santi in the beginning, but he soon found himself chewing the scenery along with Chatchi, so when the final showdown begins it really felt like a bad “made for cable” flick. I also had some problems with the editing; there were too many times that I found myself saying, “What the f*ck?” when it would cut to a seemingly unrelated situation. There was a connection mind you, but it didn’t flow very well and it also added to the problematic momentum… there was none. There was a good film here and I think the director may have a good eye, didn’t really know the type of film he was making, and he focused much too heavily on the effects. Yes it’s bloody, but bloody in a CGI way. The makers of this film must have pissed off some real life necromancer who then tricked them into creating this lackluster CGI mess.
Video / Audio
I really dug the idea of Necromancer. It starts off as a very intriguing premise but soon turns into a sad excuse for a “cop thriller” with awful special effects. The blood is there, as is a big silly looking CGI animal, and it doesn’t amount to much. Both Chatchi Plengpanich and Akara Amarttayakul as the rival officers were on and off in their performances. The more subtle moments worked, but once their evil eyes started glaring, so did the thrills. This Necromancer conjures up some pretty lousy magic.