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OMEGA ONE
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Pablo Maysonet IV

Starring:
Steven Hochheim
Jessah Diaz
Jake Errickson

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
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.
Is it good movie?

Take Saw, 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.
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Last Call
Omega One looked okay for its ultra low budget. But the actors brought nothing to this flick. They range between horrible to less than average. I felt bad for these guys. With all the poor dialogue they are given they couldn’t have looked good even if they had some talent. Not that all of them are bad, they may work well with a better script and a better film. You never know. And as I said, this script is so poorly written that it just lost all meaning and interest for me. I will give this film a little credit for a couple of fun kills and a few interesting moments from director Pablo Maysonet IV. There are much better movies with this type of idea so you might want to check those out before tuning into Omega One.
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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