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Sunday, February 5, 2012

[2.50/10] Playback (2012)


Playback (2012)

Brief review: Magnolia Pictures' upcoming horror movie "Playback" is about to hit US theaters on March 9, but honestly said, it would have been a wise decision if "Playback" was 'kicked out' straight to the DVD shelves. Why, you ask? Because if you thought "The Devil Inside" was bad, than you should check this crappy mess out. After a bloody, but rather confusing opening sequence, sadly, "Playback" gets even worse. The mumbo-jumbo about an evil spirit that possesses human souls through screens and camera lens is just as ridiculous as it sounds, and the whole story is so incoherent and badly-structured, it barely makes any sense at all. On a technical note, "Playback" is just as awful. Nickles' direction is truly all over the place, featuring muddled editing, annoying 'corrupt footage' / scratching sound effects and a loud music score that causes a headache. The gore is there, but we all know that gore with no scares equals boredom. Yes, a bloody boredom, but still boredom. The characters here are your typical one-dimensional teen dummies, played by a cast of largely unknown young actors. Johnny Pacar and Ambyr Childers' performances are amateurish and instantly forgettable. Toby Hemingway tries hard to behave creepy, but his pretty stone-cold face and fancy haircut work against him, and Christian Slater has been hired only to jerk off while spying on naked girls in their locker rooms.

Overall summary: With a premise as ridiculous and terribly uninspired as the execution itself, "Playback" is a confusing, illogical nonsense with decent amount of gore, but little to no scares or thrills, featuring messy direction, brainless characters and obtrusive sound effects.

22 comments:

InfinitePlans said...

Staying away from this one :P

Nebular said...

InfinitePlans, avoid it like the plague. It's hardly watchable.

Ricky said...

Christian Slater used to be great too. I loved Heathers and Kuffs.

Craig Edwards said...

Meh. Thanks for taking one for the team, Mr. N!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll avoid it then!

Melissa Bradley said...

ROTFLMAO!!! "Christian Slater has been hired only to jerk off while spying on naked girls in their locker rooms." Oh my God I am wiping away the tears. I saw the trailer just last night and thought wow, has Christian really hit the skids with his career. Jesus, from cool to F list, that's the real horror here. What happened to my edgy rebel in Pump Up the Volume, Heathers and True Romance...Guess he became an old perv.

Scintillating review, hon. This is one of my faves of yours for sure. And yes, I will be avoiding this one like a painfu; medical procedure. ;)

Kaijinu said...

yikes, it seems that 2012's gonna be hell for horror flicks. Hope this doesn't jinx anything...

farawayeyes said...

A definite pass.

HorrO said...

Wow that bad! I didn't even know about it until the other day when I was updating upcoming movies. I'll make sure not to pay theater money for it. Thanks!

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Nebular said...

Ricky, I agree, he used to be a good actor. Sadly though, now he's a lazy actor who stars in awful films.

Nebular said...

Craig, you're welcome. I try my best to warn you for all the bad flicks out there. :)

Nebular said...

Alex, wise decision. ;)

Nebular said...

Mel, LOL. It's true you know. Slater did absolutely nothing apart from that. Nothing. I don't know what's wrong with him, but he stars only in shitty movies over the past 5-6 years. I used to like him a lot, but know he became a low-grade actor in a desperate need for money.

Glad you enjoyed my review that much. :) My sarcasm was obvious, wasn't it? :)

Nebular said...

Kaijinu, ah tell me about it. I hope that some of the upcoming horrors will prove us wrong. I really need to see a good horror movie.

Nebular said...

farawayeyes, don't bother watching this garbage.

Nebular said...

HorrO, I've heard of it before, and it looked decent on paper, but oh boy, it turned out horribly pathetic.

Nebular said...

Horror Movies Download, as you say so....

Amanda said...

Poor Christian Slater :(
I still think he's good and I SO wanted to learn more about his character in Playback. But you're right; all he really did in the movie was beat off. WTF?!

Nebular said...

Amanda, you know what, at first I thought he would be a lead character, but then he appeared for like 5 minutes or so and that was it. Ah, and he had to play a wanker! WTF?! He must have been in a desperate need for some cash, there's no other explanation. The movie itself was terrible too.

Thanks for the comment. I visit your blog quite regularly. It's freaking awesome! :)

Amanda said...

Thank you sir! I enjoy your blog as well. And I think he did it as a favor to the director. He and Michael Nickles worked on a movie together in the past and I guess he asked Christian Slater to be in it and he said sure. I still love him! haha

Nebular said...

Amanda, if that is the case, than it makes sense. :) I like him too, though he starred in the worst ever horror movie Alone in the Dark :) His past projects are great though.