Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Dead Heat

Dead Heat at face value, looks like your average buddy cop film.Seeing the movies poster adds to this notion , and the title which can have so many meanings, is no clear indication of what its about. So how did this movie fare with me? Not well actually.

Plot: Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow are cops that are chasing crooks that are dead serious about crime. Or should I say they are chasing dead crooks perpetrating serious crimes? Seems some nutcase has learned how to bring back the dead and is sending them on crime sprees. Now these indestructible goons are in the way of officers Mortis and Bigelow. To even things up, when Mortis is killed he gets a jump start from the Resurrection machine and takes the fight to the zombie bad guys.

Thoughts: Alright....this plot is..insanely over the top. Normally that wouldn't be a bad thing for me , but there is barely a plot to the film. At the halfway point , I was checking the time on the film to see just how much longer it would go on. An un-interesting plot for a film which did have some decent potential. 

Acting: For a buddy cop film , Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo worked well together. Williams is the serious one , and Piscopo is the comic relief. Both did their part very well , and Williams showed some decent skill over the course of the film, but the one that kept me watching was Piscopo. His wisecracks and smart ass attitude were, in my opinion the highlight of the film.  

What I liked: The premise of the film was good, the acting was decent for what it was. 

What I disliked: The films plot falls apart rather quickly. Not in the sense that there's a ton of plot holes, but that it just drops off to the point where you don't care anymore. Also this film had a tendency to kill characters off as they're getting interesting. 

Overall: While not the worst film in the world , it is far from even being good. As far as buddy cop movies it tried something different but it just runs out of steam way to fast.

Final Grade: D

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