Game Over Release Date: 4 April 2006 (USA) Genre: Action | Drama Director(s): Peter Sullivan Writer(s): Max Miller Starring: Andre McCoy, Daz Crawford, La Trice Harper had a friend over my place when my April screener package from Maverick Entertainment arrived. The first movie to pop out was Tortillas Again? “Wow, this one is going […]

Autor:

I like watching movies and I like to share its

Game Over
Release Date: 4 April 2006 (USA)
Genre: Action | Drama
Director(s): Peter Sullivan
Writer(s): Max Miller
Starring: Andre McCoy, Daz Crawford, La Trice Harper

had a friend over my place when my April screener package from Maverick Entertainment arrived. The first movie to pop out was Tortillas Again? “Wow, this one is going to something,” I said. Mr. Hell was next, and we both shared a few laughs over the back of the box trying to compare the Mr. Hell character to past slasher icons. Last to come out was … Game Over.

Fearing that I would experience projectile vomiting for the first time in my life if I continued to stare at the title, I knew I needed to get it away from me as soon as possible. So naturally, I threw it across the room. My friend was flabbergasted, to say the least, at my reaction. Once I explained to her the experience that I had with the last movie to be named Game Over, she held me close and consoled me until the sick feeling in my stomach subsided.

After a month of preparing myself, I picked up Game Over off my floor. After watching Tortillas Again? I felt like I was prepared for anything Maverick Entertainment could throw my way.

Surprisingly enough, Game Over is absolutely nothing like the Yasmine Bleeth-blowfest (in more ways than one) that was Game Over. Game Over Version 2.0 actually has a relatively unique plot to it that, despite a low budget, causes it to come off a lot better than the various competitive fighting films of the 90s. While research will probably reveal that Game Over rips its plot off some Japanese movie, I’m going to stay optimistic and assume for the sake of this review that I’m seeing something new.

Andre “Chyna” McCoy (previously seen as the highlight of Random Acts of Violence) stars in Game Over as ex-con Victor Knox. His criminal history prevents him from getting the job that he so desperately needs to keep his parole officer from sending him back to jail. Since Victor is known to be a tough streetfighter, a friend lets him on the details of an innovative competition with a prize of $100,000 that is seeking participants. As Victor comes to learn, at anytime during the course of his daily life, he’ll be approached to fight. There are hidden cameras everywhere, and the fights are broadcast to those anonymous bloodthirsty millionaires who filled the seats in Bloodsport and all its various knockoffs. Victor doesn’t have a huge problem winning the fights. The seemingly never-ending competition, however, has negative effects on his attempts to form a relationship with his young son and his attempts to go the straight and narrow route in his new job driving around a rich young woman named Violet.

Even though it all sort of comes together in the end, Game Over’s biggest flaw is that it tries to accomplish so much. There are basically four parts to Game Over; Victor’s participation in the contest, his burgeoning relationship with Violet, his shady parole officer, and his attempts to get to know his son. Coming in at about eighty minutes, Game Over tries to tackle a tad bit too much. Aside from that, there are the usual logical fallacies that indicate the script could’ve used some tinkering.

When it comes down to it, though, Game Over is an impressive effort. Andre “Chyna” McCoy isn’t the greatest actor around, but he’s got something that most actors at the low budget level don’t; screen presence. The fights that McCoy gets involved in are far from spectacular. There’s a variety to them that allows them to still be fun. Plus, since there aren’t a ton of them, it keeps them feeling fresh.

An entertaining movie that, while lacking in common sense, makes up for it in energy and wise casting decisions.

DVD: Barebones.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 6.0/10 (1 vote cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Game Over, 6.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

Comments on this entry (no comments)

Did you like this post? You can share your opinion with us! Simply click here.

Add Your Comment