Jun 122007
 

I went into this film knowing only the name, which is always makes for an interesting viewing experience. No preconceptions whatsoever. It turns out to be particularly fitting in this case as the tale details the exploits of a small group of people who awaken suddenly in padded cells having no idea who they are or how they got there. My first thought was that they were in some early version of the cube, from Cube, which is one of my favorite films. But soon the eponymous monster arrives and it quickly becomes clear that is not the case.

The first half of the film consists of Jolene Blalock (best known as Sub-Commander T’Pol from Star Trek: Enterprise) and James Marsters (Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer) exploring the insane asylum/prison in which they have awakened meeting others in their same situation along the way. This is the meat of the film as well as it’s bread and butter. As soon as they start to figure out what’s actually going on, it’s pretty much all downhill. In fact the film continues for 20 to 30 minutes after “the big reveal” and while it all makes sense in a way, there’s not really any point to it. There are no surprises, thus no genuine suspense or drama.

Overall, I’d say the film is worthy of filling a boring Saturday afternoon on some random cable channel, but certainly not worthy of a wide theatrical release.

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The above review was also posted to epinions.com

  2 Responses to “Shadow Puppets DVD”

  1. Yep, I just added this to my Netflix Queue, for James Marsters alone. Love him, love him, love him!

    Thanks for the recommendation (even beyond Marsters)!

    ~Stef

  2. Your post makes one think! Great article. Thanks for allowing me to comment!

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