Replicant Directed by Ringo Lam Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent Distributed by Speedy Video Distributors
REPLICANT is about a psychotic serial killer “The Torch” (Van Damme) who kills women with children and then burns the corpses. The killer sometimes calls the detective-in-charge, Jake Riley (Michael Rooker) just to mess with the latter's mind.
When Riley retires, the National Security Agency no longer has any connection to the killer, so it offers Riley a job and created a clone of the killer called The Replicant (Van Damme) to assist him. Like in most of his action films, Van Damme pulls off his action scenes superbly in Replicant which also requires him to “act” as a clone. Surprisingly he excels in that too. He displays this childlike behaviour so convincingly, and yet manages to slot in some punches and angry yells when provoked.
Riley tries to contain his anger when dealing with this clone. He takes it to the murder scenes, hoping that it will give him answers. Apparently it works, but how a clone’s mind can connect to a real person is not really explained. Is it even logical? Van Damme has triple the work since he plays the serial killer as well, who looks and acts different from the clone.
The fast-moving storyline, great action and suspense, and delivery by its cast members will get you hooked.
The bonus features include eight deleted scenes, cast and crew bios, a cool photo gallery and the storyboard.
Directed by Pat Corbitt
Starring Leighanne Littrell, Robin Sachs, Al Sapienza
Distributed by Bintang Ramah
If you think Jaws is scary, the description of Megalodon will make you pee in your pants. We are talking 18m of pure horror. It is a monster accidentally unleashed by a team of researchers looking for oil in the North Atlantic waters.
The deep-sea drilling quest goes horribly wrong when the team realises upon probing the seabed that there is a “mirror” ocean beneath it. Apparently it has been there for millions of years, and it is the home to the most terrifying predator, Carcharadon Megalodon, the ancient ancestor of the Great White Shark.
Even though the idea of a prehistoric monster is tempting for movie buffs, or anyone for that matter, the film’s low budget feel can be off-putting.
The bloody scenes are purposely shot in a frantic fashion as a cover-up for them being so unrealistic.
The amateurish filmmaking and wooden acting do not help in any way to make the film bearable. Even the computer-generated images — vital to films of this genre — is poor. Thankfully, there is a nice and effective build-up to the revelation of the monster.
Overall, Megalodon is best enjoyed with an open mind. Just enjoy the suspense.