Starring Jesse Metcalfe, Marie Avgeropoulos, Ian Tracey, Keegan Connor Tracy, Jessica Harmon, Patrick Sabongui, Billy Zane, Dennis Haysbert. Directed by Pat Williams. (2016, 96 min).
This is a sequel to last year's Dead Rising: Watchtower, a not-half-bad adaptation of the popular zombie game series. Like the original, Dead Rising: Endgame premiered on the Crackle streaming network. While not quite as amusing - or easy to follow – this one is decent enough if you keep your expectations in check.
Endgame begins with the conceit that viewers are already up-to-speed on the events of the first film. Though Watchtower was fairly enjoyable, it wasn't anything that stuck with me long afterwards, so I found myself a little lost. Endgame continues the story two years later and hits the ground running, and even though a few of the returning major characters jogged my memory a bit, it took awhile to remember what the hell they were up to in the first place.
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Viewers coming into this movie cold will be completely lost and are probably better off simply sitting back and enjoying the zombie-killing mayhem, which isn't bad for what's essentially direct-to-video fodder. Plus, at no extra charge, there's a glorified cameo by Billy Zane (of course, Billy Zane!) as a sadistic doctor who experiments on both the living and the dead.
One thing Endgame does lack is the same sense of humor that made the original sort of a lowbrow hoot. In that one, Rob Riggle as a gung-ho TV personality would pop-up whenever the story threatened to take itself too seriously. This film could've benefited from another character like him. Still, this sequel boasts a bigger - and bloodier - body count, which ought to count for something when drawing comparisons.
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