Dead Rising: Watchtower Review

Summary: In East Mission, Oregon, the Hit Point reporter Chase Carter and the camerawoman Jordan are covering stories from the people in quarantine of a zombie outbreak. The FEZA is using the vaccine Zombrex to inoculate the victims and Chase tries to interview Crystal LaRourke that is on the location. Out of the blue, the patients turn into zombies and Jordan flees with the Hit Point car, leaving Chase behind. He follows Crystal chased by zombies and she stumbles upon Maggie, a woman in shock that has just lost her daughter. They seek shelter in a loan store while Jordan arrives in the border but is sent to quarantine. While the military under the command of General Lyons want to bomb the city since Zombrex is ineffective, Chase, Crystal and Maggie fight to reach the border. Chase discovers a secret about Crystal while Jordan discloses the real intention of General Lyons.


For one, this film has no business clocking in at two hours. With Dawn Of The Dead‘s various cuts, I can understand since you have character development, social commentary and the like. In Dead Rising, not so much. Despite the performances, the characters are largely one-note and don’t have much in the development department. What really burns is that the one character that does have a bit of development (and interest) to it, Frank West, is largely kept on the sidelines. Even then, you’d have to be a fan of the videogame series to have that established development, since casual viewers won’t have that. Shoehorning in dramatic scenes into a film that’s already juggling the lopsided goofiness and over-the-top horror of the games doesn’t help, either. Ultimately, the film follows the videogames too closely, in that elements of the videogame just don’t translate as well to film. The one-note characters aside, the weapon crafting here comes off as goofy, the government cover-up subplot is tired, and ultimately, you’d just rather be playing the games rather than watching a live-action playthrough. If it sounds like I was disappointed by Dead Rising: Watchtower, you’d be mostly correct! I rate this 2.5 stars out of 5.

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