Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Scavenger Killers - Review - @BrandonCSites

Scavenger Killers (2013) *1/2
D: Dylan Bank
C: Robert Bogue, Rachel Robbins, Dustin Diamond, Eric Roberts, Charles Durning, Robert Loggia, Ken Del Vecchio, Kim Allen, Suzi Lorraine, Thea Vidale, Kirk Ponton, Angela Little, Michael Rivera, Frank Giglio

Plot Synopsis: A charming judge and a hot criminal defense attorney go on a maniacal killing rampage. With bizarre, yet somehow believable, FBI agents (a physically powerful, condescending mute with wooden legs, and a Tourette's Syndrome introvert with psychic abilities) on the hunt, the deranged duo amp up their rampage, never murdering with the same method but always with same untamed ferocity. 

Review: Within the first twenty minutes of Scavenger Killers, we witness a homicidal couple make mince meat out of a young woman in a brutally gory set piece while engaging in sexual activity. The couple, as played by Robert Bogue and Rachel Robbins, are over the top caricatures and the scene is presented as broadly as possible. Right then and there, I could see that they were commenting on how, in today's society, violence, especially the type of sexualized violence that we've seen in films like I Spit on Your Grave, The Last House on the Left & A Serbian Film, have somehow or another become acceptable and are even used for entertainment purposes.

From there, we witness more scenes of unrelenting violence. One of the harsher scenes has three women tied up, completely nude, and forced to watch as this homicidal duo picks them off one by one. Some of the violence is broken up by two sub-plots. The first one involves a psychic played by Dustin Diamond. At first, I almost didn't recognize Diamond as he plays the straight man. In the end, the sub-plot involving Diamond doesn't amount to much, but I have to say I was fairly impressed at how Diamond could credibly play such an outlandish character without turning him into some sort of cartoonish buffoon.

The other sub-plot involves a federal agent who is not only paralyzed, but is mute. Tagging along is his sign language interrupter who is a federal agent. This duo is played by Ken Del Vecchio & Kim Allen. Scenes involving Devl Vecchio & Allen, as well as Dustin Diamond are supposed to serve as a spoof into police procedural films. Del Vecchio and Allen are a hoot and know how to feed off of one another well, but there scenes feel transplanted from an entirely different movie.

Getting back on point, the homicidal duo kills some more ....well, actually, they kill a lot. Then they screw some more  ....well, actually, they screw a lot. Much like the main characters kill and screw a lot, Scavenger Killers is left repeating the same point that it made earlier on. The only other scene that attempts to expand upon the initial message is one in which the two main characters discuss whether or not kids should be off limits in their murdering spree.

In a lot of ways, Scavenger Killers reminds me of the 2007 remake of Funny Games. Both films comment on the way that violence is used on screen. In Funny Games, the film took a clear stance against how audiences applaud this type of thing. With Scavenger Killers, I knew the film was commenting on the violence we see today, but I was never quite sure as to which side the film was on. Is the film for or against this type of thing?!? I think I have an overall idea as to which side the film is on, but I was never quite sure. 

On the surface level, Scavenger Killers misses the mark, because it fails to tell a cohesive story. As a social commentary, it fails because it's left repeating the same point over & over without declaring itself. This is a film that starts out wanting to say something, but doesn't know how to go about doing that. [Not Rated] 100 mins.

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