Monday, July 05, 2010
Release date: 2003
You know, I always want to be constructive when I write a review. There are many a micro-budget film out there and, in truth, most are never going to be anywhere near perfect. The story can be, the script can be, but the filming, lighting, acting, sound... all these things are going to struggle due to budget restrictions. Some micro budget films raise themselves up much higher than they, by rights, should do. Others struggle and some just don’t work at all.
When the director has been good enough to send me a screener then I feel somewhat guilty if I can’t be at least constructive and perhaps even positive about aspects of the film but, in all my reviews, I strive to be honest. People might disagree with me but what I write is my honest opinion. My first loyalty is to the genre as well as the blog readers, and thus I may feel guilty but have to state that the film Expendable is simply not very good. This is the full version (just under 1 hour) of the film as opposed to the version with 10 minutes expunged that appears as part of “the Ryli Morgan Collection”.
Skeleton Key and Vampires Vs Zombies) and tells her there is one more thing he needs to do. The film cuts to a house, the owner clearly has a thing for masks as they adorn the walls. Sleeping there is a woman called Nicole (Ryli Morgan) who is woken by a phone call from Leslie (Rachelle Williams, A Feast of Flesh). They arrange to meet later.
David won’t reveal why he is there and, as they sit outside – Nicole wearing shades as her eyes are light sensitive, he suggests they go for a ride. He takes her across the city to a spot where he likes to sit and think. He has decided that everyone is expendable and this may well be why he is leaving the drug pushing business, a desire to enjoy life while he can – though the film is not that explicit on his motivation.
So... difficult to be constructive but, at the very least, they gave it a go and created a film. 1.5 out of 10. The imdb page is here.