Dead Ris­ing: Watch­tower

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray - Matthew Gil­man

Re­lease Date: 27 July

2015 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Within 30 sec­onds of this achingly be­lowa­v­er­age zom­bie flick we get a T- shirtshaped ref­er­ence to its videogame se­ries name­sake.

A ser­vobot hel­met here, a Frank West statue there... the nods are lit­tered through­out. But while gen­er­ous fans tick these off, the rest of the film trudges through colour­less ex­po­si­tion, a tired quar­an­tined city set­ting and char­ac­ters about as like­able as a gar­den strim­mer to the un­men­tion­ables. It woe­fully mis­judges the bizarro comic ap­peal and its tonal spasms are even bor­der­line of­fen­sive at times; co­me­dian Rob Rig­gle’s Will Fer­rell- es­que com­edy skits frame flail­ing at­tempts at gen­uine hu­man tragedy, of­ten in­volv­ing young chil­dren. Dead on ar­rival.

Ex­tras: None.

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