Who out there remembers the popular horror film series that got a ridiculous amount of sequels? I’m not talking about the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, but rather the “Saw” films. That’s right, the franchise that released a new film every year for seven years. Like countless horror films, other movies like it began popping up trying to whisk some of that popularity up for themselves, but for the most part, these wannabes disappeared as of lately. That is until the film “All Superheroes Must Die” showed up bringing back clear memories of the “Saw” films.
We have four superheroes that wake up with injection marks in their wrist. Their names are Charge (Jason Trost), Cutthroat (Lucas Till), Sledgesaw (Nick Principe), and Shadow (Sophie Merkley). Each one of these heroes are greeted by their arch nemesis, Rickshaw (James Remar). Rickshaw is tired of losing to these heroes, and wants to win, so he has removed them of their powers and tells them that he wants to play a game. The game entails going around town trying to save civilians before they get blown up from explosives that are wired to them. So these heroes must work together to figure out how to be heroes without their powers.
If you are wondering what powers these heroes have, you can stop wondering now, because wondering will lead you nowhere. The film never goes into detail about who these heroes are, or what their abilities are except for Shadow having the power of invisibility. It slightly explains how they got powers to begin with through a flashback, but it never shows us anything. We also don’t know anything about these heroes’ background other than these two use to have feelings for each other. The development is just so ridiculously bad. There is no foundation, there is no chemistry, and there is no reason why we should even care who lives or dies.
The oddest part about the entire movie is why James Remar accepted his role. The man is very good at acting as his role in “Dexter” has proven. In the midst of everything else, he is the only known actor in the entire film, and he just doesn’t seem to fit his role of Rickshaw. By the way, the villain in “Saw” was Jigsaw, who also used a small television set to talk to the main players, are we noticing any resemblances here? Okay fine, there was very little gore in the film, but to be perfectly honest, it is probably because they didn’t have the budget to supply gore; which is probably the same reason why we never see any powers.
The budget is so bad that it looks like a student project for school. The same can be said for the stale acting and ridiculous premise that holds no footing to even be remotely good. To be fair, a lot of the same can be said for the first “Saw” film, which did an excellent job. However, this film does have that overwhelming sense of being a wannabe, but not much of anything else. You won’t be able to contain yourself before pressing the red stop button on your remote control.
So many people enjoy superheroes just because they are superheroes. It makes sense, as those grew up around the idea of these great and iconic people that are nothing but selfless. These heroes wore tacky outfits, cursed, and didn’t seem to care all that much about civilians as they did about not failing. That’s selfish, rude, and unbecoming of a superhero. It’s actually more fitting for a villain.
Basically, the problem here is that these so-called “heroes” were more of a villain than the actual villain of the film, and for that reason the movie is dumb, unprofessional, dimwitted, and just not worth your time. When “All Superheroes Must Die” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Jan. 29, I suggest you stay away from it.