Reviewed by: JimmyO
Marco von Moos
Marco von Moos
What's it about
A police officer at the wrong place at the wrong time is burned after an explosion when a group of rebel fighters battle a rich dude’s psycho son and his minions. He survives, only to become a military experiment that looks like a costume character in an old Rob Zombie music video.
Is it good movie?
NightCast is a ultra cheapie, really independent super hero flick that suffers from a overly whiny superhero who can’t remember who he is, do it yourself special effects and what may be the worst hero uniform I have ever seen. The costume, made for him by the military, looks like something out of an old Rob Zombie music video or a Creature from the Black Lagoon outfit spray-painted black. I really shouldn’t have liked this German straight to DVD but the fact is, there is more heart in this little flick than many of the big-budget super hero movies that Hollywood can churn out. The story of a man made into a sort of monster, a police officer (Fabian Ramseyer ) who is shot and left to die when an explosion leaves his body burned beyond repair. Jack (director, Marco von Moos) is the man who leaves him while he takes care of some vigilantes trying to destroy his dear old dad. His father is a powerful man who is corrupting everything he touches. Not even the military can stop him, so the military uses the burnt officer to create a super human to fight their battles.
The plot is nothing really new, and even the bad dude Jack reminds me a bit of Colin Farrell in Daredevil. But the above average acting for this kind of film and the sweeping score along with a skilled and competent director, and one who can play the lead villain while maintaining a grasp on his directing skills, make this a very enjoyable hour and forty-five minutes. It took awhile to really grow on me and truthfully, I though Marco was a tad bit clichéd as baddie Jack in the beginning. But soon, I found myself interested. I was interested in Harry, the police officer who is made into NightCast. Much of his performance involves wearing the dreadful outfit, but he still was very likable. Yes, the writing got a little tedious when all he did was complain that he didn’t know who he was and got people killed when they helped him to figure it out. But he did a fine job, especially in some nice flashback sequences with his wife. I also really enjoyed some of the rebel fighters battling the evil rich dude. Regula Stuessi gives one of the strongest performances here with her nurturing and understanding Lynn. The only one that seems to understand NightCast, a name she gives him because the government is nice enough to put a nametag on his costume. Like I said, the costume sucks.
Video / Audio
NightCast is a surprisingly watchable, yet unbelievably cheap super hero flick that lacks the money and star power of the big budget Hollywood hero flicks, but has a much bigger heart than most. Director Marco von Moos has a clear vision and worked with what he had to make an entertaining film. The actors, for the most part, give some very good performances, even when the script gets a little sappy. Okay, we get it… you don’t remember who you are… boo hoo. And while this may not be the greatest superhero film ever, it is a great start and I would love to see the further adventures of this dude. Just please update the awful costume and let him get over a few of his issues.