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Stake Land is almost a bloody disappointment...

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Stake Land 2010Nick Damici,Jim MickleJim MickleConnor Paolo,Gregory Jones,Traci Hovel,Nick Damici,James Godwin,Tim House,Stuart Rudin,Adam Scarimbolo,Vonia Arslanian,Kelly McGillis,Michael Cerveris Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Stake Land(2010)
 

It’s the end of the world and the only thing left is some survivors and a bunch of blood-sucking vamps. The survivors range from religious nuts to normal people that haven’t really understood the situation to survivalists. The focus here is on a badass and his apprentice. In that regard, it doesn’t disappoint.

Mister as played by, the talented and non-monstrous, Nick Damici is truly a badass. He kicks ass and takes no names. There are a few human moments that show he’s still human, but overall the man is truly one to have on your side in the apocalypse. Martin (Connor Paolo) is the apprentice of Mister and does a good job of learning the ropes even though it feels like that happens off-screen more than on. It’s great to see Michael Cerveris work outside of his stoic role in “Fringe.” Danielle Harris is a nice addition.

The cinematography and direction are both solid. They don’t overdo anything and don’t underdo anything either. The film has a consistent pensive mood to it and it’s something to appreciate. That being said, there is one issue, the third act.

The story is slow and that’s fine. The story features 2/3 good writing and creative ideas. The problem is that the ending falls apart quick and doesn’t pay off in any way. It’s unfortunate because what we see up until the third act is really pleasing. However, the ending disappoints and almost negates all the good stuff we saw the entire film.
The end result is a film you should see with the expectation that the ending will just suck.



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Credits:
Directed by: Jim Mickle
Written by: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
Cast: Connor Paolo, Gregory Jones, Traci Hovel, Nick Damici, James Godwin, Tim House, Stuart Rudin, Adam Scarimbolo, Vonia Arslanian, Kelly McGillis, Michael Cerveris


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