There are a few DVDs releasing on March 18. Here are some quick reviews.
Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barges into a newspaper office bloodied, wounded, and wanted for murder. But he has a story to tell the reporter – a story about how he became a superhero, and how he got to where he is now.
A meteorite crash lands on Earth; lots of people die; and those who don’t get super powers. Those with powers have kids. And Sparks’ parents die in a car accident that looks like it was guided by a 10-year-old boy.
We see Ian’s life played out in flashbacks, slow motion, and colorful imagery. But the whole movie is one big drag. “Sparks” has a nice noir look to it, but the low budget shows that the filmmakers couldn’t do all they wanted – leaving some of the approach looking downright corny.
“Sparks” tries to be “Kick-Ass” mixed with “Sin City,” adding a little bit of everything else from other superhero stories and the whole film becomes unbalanced. And, aside from Clancy Brown, all the actors phone in their performances.
“Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales”
Director Tom Holland (“Fright Night,” “Child’s Play”) is talented, but “Twisted Tales” is a collection of short stories we’ve seen numerous times.
Several stories are a little too short to really attract interest, and some are just so dull to attract any at all. One tells the story of a certain drug that can turn people into werewolves; another has a man arguing with his dead wife via GPS; and another is about vampires in a bar, and nothing else.
Some of the stories have clever moments, but it’s hard to keep focus when you notice that a lot of the audio doesn’t match the mouths of the actors and actresses. And none of them really put that much effort into their performances, making the 142-minute “Twisted Tales” one gigantic, awkward bore.