UKM: THE ULTIMATE KILLING MACHINE
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
A crazy doctor picks four Army recruits for a special experiment. But when the original test subject gets loose, they all must try and escape before he makes mincemeat out of them.
Is it good movie?
The first thing that surprised me about UKM is that Michael Madsen is in it. Seriously… yeah, I know his name is in bold on the cover and there is a great picture of him on the back, but he is actually one of the main characters. I’m not kidding. This looked like one of those paste a name actor on the cover even though he’s in it for five minutes, but he took the role of Major Blevins, an Army dude who supervises some wacky doctors experiments to make a super human killing machine.
This is a very bizarre hybrid of a movie. The first few moments when we meet the Army rejects, feels like another very NON horror movie. This feels like The Breakfast Club when the losers all are sent to this research center with bad attitudes flying all over. We have a geek, a druggy, a drunk and some geeky girl with daddy issues. Yeah, we don’t have a jock or a princess, or really a brain but we do have juvenile delinquents all thrown into a room to get to know each other. And soon, we have a bit of Hostel thrown in with the experiment which soon turns into your average teens in peril with an unstoppable killer, and a few pointless Army guys. As I watched I kept wondering if they really knew what kind of movie they wanted to make because I didn’t.
With all the complaints that I had, I still had an okay sit down with UKM. The actors are fine especially Mac Fyfe as the drunk loser, Waylon and the homeless druggie Zoe, played by Victoria Nestorowicz Both are likable, well, that is until they get Zoe acting psycho or tough but I think that was more a director problem. These actors did the best they could yet many of them are left to chew the scenery a bit too much. And what about Michael Madsen, how is he? Well he’s fine as Major Blevins who is a part of the experiments but soon just tries to be a hero. This is the kind of role he could have slept walked through and most of the time he didn’t. He knows the kind of B-movie he is making, too bad the director, David Mitchell didn’t seem to.
Video / Audio
Video: This is a clean Widescreen Version projected in the original theatrical (yes, “theatrical”) aspect ratio. This had a theatrical release?
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sounded good, especially with the blood splattering sounds.
No extras here, only Trailers for “UKM” (1:59), “Warriors of Terra” (2:14), “Live Sect” (2:03) and finally “5ive Girls” (2:11).
This is a cheap yet slightly entertaining B-flick that sometimes doesn’t know the type of movie it wants to be. Using elements of other, better movies including The Breakfast Club (especially the scene when Waylon tells Zoe how pretty she is during a chase) it seems to lose steam by the end. But this is not a total waste. There are a couple of good performances and some groovy kills with a bit of red stuff spraying the walls. UKM is not a perfect flick, but it may keep you entertained if you have nothing else to watch.