Dead by Midnight Release Date: 1997 Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller Director(s): Jim McBride (The Informant, Blood Ties) Writer(s): Michael Vickerman (Superfire, Target Earth) Starring: Timothy Hutton, Suzy Amis, John Glover Ardustry Home Entertainment began as nothing more than a distribution center for the A-Pix/Unapix Entertainment library of films. Before shutting down for unknown reasons somewhere […]

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Dead by Midnight
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director(s): Jim McBride (The Informant, Blood Ties)
Writer(s): Michael Vickerman (Superfire, Target Earth)
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Suzy Amis, John Glover

Ardustry Home Entertainment began as nothing more than a distribution center for the A-Pix/Unapix Entertainment library of films. Before shutting down for unknown reasons somewhere around the millennium, A-Pix had proven itself to be a healthy genre competitor. In fact, they were probably right below Trimark and Artisan as far as the number of units they could move.

All business babble aside, it’s appropriate that Ardustry would release a movie that, given the time of its production, could’ve actually been distributed by A-Pix. Could’ve is key, as Dead by Midnight is lame, 1997 TV fare that comes complete with ad breaks and a complete lack of originality.

Do I really need to explain the rehashed plot? John Larkin (Hutton) lives a happy life alongside his wife Lisa (Amis) and children. But wait, he’s not actually John Larkin. He’s Sam Ellis, a car crash victim rebuilt by some dubious doctors to create a new world order. His “wife” Lisa is nothing more than a doctor who was assigned to play a role after helping with his design. After escaping some thugs who try to kidnap him for the corporation, John goes on the run with Lisa as his eventual willing hostage, piecing together the remnants of his life. All throughout this he’s just a tad bit worried about the fact that he may only have 48 hours to live.

Blah. Dead by Midnight is all together generic. It offers nothing new while not doing anything ridiculously stupid either.

If there’s one element of the film that I should comment on, it’s the villain played by the John Glover, who somehow manages to be over the top of the top.
DVD: Barebones.

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