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Feature 6.0
Video 8.0
Audio 6.5
Special Features 1.0
Total 5.5
Distributor: Ovation
Running Time: 83
Classification:
 MA15+
Reviewer: Simon Black

5.5


Necessary Evil

Led by the nefarious Capt. Frank Sanders (Gary Hudson, Resident Evil), a team of mercenaries are foraging in the caves Ď just outside ancient Babylon.í  Only a select few members of the troupe know the real reason for the mission; to locate an ancient, evil being that enjoys interacting with humans.  As long as the interaction involves eating their faces.  

Enter said monster, which despite being all powerful and rather cantankerous is quickly bundled into a truck and hauled off to Dr Neil Fibrian (Lance Henrikson, Alien vs. Predator), a medical man of such dastardly bent he makes Josef Mengele look like Albert Schweitzer.  Fibrian is conducting human experiments at an isolated psychiatric hospital (kind of like Josef Mengele come to think of it) and is hellbent on fusing the DNA of the creature with that of the creature in order to creature a Master Race.  Hey, just like Josef Mengele!  Itís up to reporter Deborah Fielding (the always excellent Kathryn Fiore of Mission Impossible III fame) to blow the whole story wide open.  If Fibrian and his mutant cronies donít subject her to an old-fashioned face-eating first. 

Now Iím not a geneticist and I donít know a great deal about genomes and the like, but even I would have liked a little more pseudo-science and a little less in the way of glowing green eyes and exceedingly poor CGI effects.  I know it was made on a budget, but even The Asylum can do better than this.  The references to ancient Hebrew texts and the like were a little half-hearted, and at 83 minutes the film races through its subplots and ensemble characters. 

It also is far from the inimitable Trejoís finest hour.  He growls in all the right places, gets his shirt off and chomps on a cigar in his best Schwarzenegger fashion, but itís largely a waste of an actor who showed in the recent Machete heís more than capable of carrying a film of this ilk. 

Necessary Evil wonít win any awards.  It doesnít really deserve any.  But it does try hard, bless it, and when watched through a sci-fi channel, straight to video, B-movie kind of filter itís actually kind of fun.  Iím not sure if the whole multifaceted subtext about the continual encroachment of pharmaceutical companies on our daily lives really holds up, but if bad monster movies are your vibe then look no further! 

Audio & Video

A solid transfer and an anamorphically enhanced 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio ensure the film looks a treat.  The 2.0 DD English audio is likewise solid enough, and more than up to requirements. 

Special Features

A Theatrical trailer.






 
 



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