21 May 2017 | ole_oberlaender
Great lesson on how not to make a movie
I love RLM and was really looking forward to this. This movie was hard to watch, but since I payed $25 for it, I had to watch it. Watching it felt like sitting in a doctor's waiting room for 3 hours. The commentary track was more entertaining than the movie itself. It surprised me a lot that RLM managed to make so many mistakes even though they should've learned from the mistakes of other film makers since they criticize them in Half in a Bag and Best of the Worst like real professionals.
The 2 main characters in this film were horrible. They weren't even real characters. I managed to accept Rich Evans' over-the-top Space Cop performance as it seemed so ridiculous that it kind of got funny again. Mike Stoklasa's detective from the past though was just painful to watch as it seemed like a cynical attempt of playing a comic relief character without any mentionable character traits. I guess Mike was aware of the shittiness of his character and felt no need to hide this. I feel bad for the other actors, because they could've turned this movie into something great would they've played the lead roles as well. Or maybe everybody else was acting too well and made especially the RLM gang look bad? I think Jay did a good job even though he seems way to nice to be a villain-ish character and fell short when acting with the real actors.
The movie as a whole was entertaining in certain moments, but boring and shameful to watch in many of the others. They often tried to be funny no matter what and sacrificed the credibility of the world they've created. As many lines were improvised there were loads of long tripod shots which made it obvious that they were on a set. More cuts and close ups instead of tripod boredom would've made this much better and less boring to watch (and much more work to edit). A shame that they cut out the ghost of Jack, which was part of the deleted scenes.
Nonetheless what they've managed to accomplish is highly impressive to me. The sets, costumes and special effects are dope! I hope on their next film they'll prioritize character building and action scenes a little more so it's not too focused on acting. Also they should make use of green screen technology more often to avoid monotone and lifeless sets.