A group of criminals are selected to take part in a battle to the death. As they fight to survive, they find out who they can and cannot trust. And they also talk a whole hell of a lot.
, Battle Royale
and Most Dangerous Game
, take away the budget and what do you get? Well, you could end up with Omega One
. A bunch of people who have committed crimes are forced into a battle to the death. They all wear funny collars (Battle Royale anyone?) and seem to talk way too much. These people are killing each other yet they seem to really want to bond with the enemy. Hell, even the really bad guy has a friend for awhile. There is very little suspense created by writer, director and producer Pablo Maysonet IV
yet he occasionally slips in an interesting shot. But aside from absolutely no originality, he has hired the most amateurish cast this side of Ed Wood
. This feels like watching one of those crime scene recreations on a really bad imitation of America’s Most Wanted
. When they are in danger or even worse, when they try to be scary, it just gets silly. And the worst crime committed to the viewer is he has his actors doing several badly written dialogue heavy scenes when they just are not that talented. A couple of them are not bad but all the characters are forgettable aside from the annoying Chancellor played by Jake Errickson
. But I will give him credit, at least he tried to liven it up.
It’s a tough job to make a movie; especially a miniscule budget horror flick and I will give Mr. Maysonet this… he really tried to keep it interesting in his direction. He had some nice ideas that sometimes worked but most of the time, they did not. The weakness lies in the monotonous script. Aside from flat and clichéd characters, he spent too much time with the dialogue. I didn’t care about any of these people, no matter how much “character development” he tried to inject. I think it might have been a more watchable film if he had taken all the dialogue out and spread some creepy music throughout. That way, we couldn’t hear the flat delivery of the lines or the horrible dialogue. This movie didn’t look too bad and there were a couple of surprisingly cool gore shots. But I did have a problem with the blatant “homage” to Saw. There are several notes left at these “death traps” created for some of the victims, and every time a note is read, we hear a voice much too similar to the Jigsaw killer. For me, “the game was over” way before the movie ended and nothing represented that as well as one characters line about poorly designed traps. Man, he ain’t kidding.