THE TERROR EXPERIMENT (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
An angry former military man (a part of the Concerned Citizens Alliance!) decides to unleash hell in virus form on an office building. The leftover folk try to band together to escape the building. Government plots and zombie related things ensue.
Is it good movie?
Cheese is cheese and cheese is acceptable every now and then. One look
at the Terror Experiment and you know you're not in for high class
cinema. Instead of being over-the-top and silly zaniness though, this
settles into lame, b-movie TV style territory where it's all mostly
played seriously. It throws in a couple of forgotten stars (Judd
Nelson, C. Thomas Howell) to try to boost the cast, adds lame effects
and a tired plot and then you've got a movie. Hell, even David
Carradine shows up here, though he doesn't do much.
Unfortunately, this really was a TV movie and it is an ugly one. This
is a generic, boring and tired rehash of a plot you've seen before.
Howell plays our everyman hero type fire chief. As for Judd, he's the
questionable, which side is he on Government guy who wants to blow the
building to bits.
Anyway, as for the suckers stuck together, you get the jerk, the
scientist, the old dude, a few other lame-os and our heroes, Cale and
Amanda (played by Jason London and Alicia Willis). They're in love,
especially once Amanda kills Cale's mean ex-wife after she turns into a
zombie. These characters are not fleshed out well at all, and are
little more than stereotypes, end of story.
The problem with this movie is that it's so monotone. It's not like
it's the worst piece of garbage you'll ever watch but without a doubt,
it's dreadfully dull for the most part. It just feels like everyone is
going through the motions and it doesn't impress. Nelson and Howell
seem to have had their stuff shot after the movie was wrapped with the
rest of the cast. The dudes don't even face the zombies and hardly
interact with the cast in any real way at all. Disappointing.
Even the zombies don't show up enough. They look alright (in fact, the
effects are decent), but there's almost no gore and just not enough
presence. The whole thing is about the cast arguing with one another to
overcome personal differences, lame. While practical effects are okay,
the CGI stuff is b-r-u-t-a-l.
And don't spend a lot of time trying to figure out the details of the
plot- how the hell did the terrorist dude find out about the government
plot, and how'd he get into a place with such a high level security
clearance to do his nasty business? Who keeps a massive chemical weapon
lab on the top of a Federal building (marked as "Federal Building")?
These questions will be unanswered, but the biggest question you won't
be able to answer is "Why did I waste my time watching this?"
Video / Audio
Video: A 1:78:1 Widescreen presentation that looks washed out and a bit
blurry. Not impressive.
Audio: A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack that comes through clearly enough,
although it's a little surround-heavy in the balance.
One commentary, with Executive
Producer/Director George Mendeluk. I won't lie, I couldn't get through
more than 10 minutes of it. I can't bear to listen to someone justify
this movie's existence.
This is a laughably bad made-for-tv crapfest that I'll never watch
again. I can't imagine paying good money for it, even with some
familiar faces from the old days.