Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Life Zone (2011)

Director: Rod Weber

Writer: Ken Del Vecchio

Composer: Kenneth Lampl

Starring: Robert Loggia, Lindsey Haun, Martin Kove, Charles Durning, Angela Little, Ken Del Vecchio, Blanche Baker, Katarzyna Wolejnio, Tara Buck, Thomas G. Waites, Eric Etebari

More info: IMDb

Tagline: What if your choice was taken away?

Plot: Kidnapped by a mysterious figure, three women find themselves trapped in an abandoned hospital.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? No.


It was late one night a few months back, I had just watched a flick, I was ready for something else and this sounded interesting largely because I'm a huge fan of Robert Loggia.  I talked about this one for days after telling everyone how entertainingly bad it was.  Why?  For starters, seeing Loggia overact in the shadows with the cheesiest of dialogue.  I guess Satan (OOPS, there's a spoiler) has a touch of the theatrics in him.  The dialogue is often very silly and awkward.  You get glimpses of it in the trailer.  What's more is that it's pretty clear early on that Loggia is the devil.  What you don't know until the over-the-top monologue he gives at the end is that these gals are in Hell and they will spend eternity bringing their babies to term (or something like that).  It's pure pro-life propaganda all the way.  It should be more of a 30-45 minute film in the vein of a Twilight Zone episode with that 'shocker' of an ending.  The acting is sometimes as goofy as the dialogue but its biggest fault is betraying its secret by giving far too many clues, the biggest of which is how Loggia plays his part.  It's not too far from being hit over the head with a hammer foreshadowing.  If the screenplay had been tighter and a more careful eye given to accentuating the thriller/mystery aspect of it, it probably would've fared a lot better.  But as it stands, this will only be horrific to extreme pro-life advocates who cry at the mere thought of an abortion.  Uber religious 12 year old girls will be very frightened by this.  The filmmakers could've widened the appeal of this picture if they had handled it more deftly. 

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