Dead Rising Watchtower
Updated: Jul 19, 2021
The 125th review!
I’m so glad it’s October. Anyways, I woke up today, took the babies for a walk and set out to get some Count Chocula. I was told by people that the Walmart has them all set out and looking pretty. So off I went. I did some shopping and looked around, but couldn’t find the Count! I asked a worker and she stared at me blankly. Then when I realized I had wasted my time. So, I left my cart full of groceries in the aisle, and walked out of the store. Luckily, Meijer came through in the clutch and I brought home eight boxes. So I came home and watched...
Dead Rising Watchtower (2015)
The movie is based off one of my favorite video games, Dead Rising. The big thing about this game is thousands of zombies can appear on screen at one time, and you can use pretty much everything as a weapon, and in later games, you can make your own weapons, something this movie takes great joy in doing. I laughed out loud (lol’d) several times seeing weapons I made in the game being used the same way; cement saw/sledgehammer, machete/push broom, even the double mini chainsaws, there’s even a scene where the main character puts a traffic cone on a zombie’s head to prevent it from biting him. Yes it’s goofy, and some times it’s jarring going from the super-silliness to the over the top violence, but it’s a goofy fun ride you’ll enjoy taking.
Now, when I first heard about this movie, I was a little skeptical because the movie wasn’t about the exploits of Frank West (he’s covered wars, you know), instead it was it’s own story set in between Dead Rising 2 and 3. But then I thought more about it and realized it was kind of a good thing, West would be a hard character to base a nearly 2 hour movie around, because he’s kind of a selfish, clueless, dick, but he’s our selfish, clueless, dick. There’s nothing particularly interesting about him, but he’s easily one of my favorite video game characters. He’s so loved, they made a sequel to the first game without him, and then they made pretty much the exact same game, and just threw Frank West in there instead of lame Chuck Greene, and it was awesome.
Needless to say, Frank West is in the movie, played surprisingly well by Rob Riggle. He’s there to provide “expert commentary” at a news desk because he survived the Willamette outbreak, and he steals the spotlight every time he’s on screen. Him and the anchor, whose playing the straight character, have such off the wall banter it’s perfect, and probably the best adaptation we’ll get from the character. After a bunch of scenes where you can tell the anchor is pissed off she has to keep talking to him, he asks her on live TV, “If I were a zombie, right now how’d you kill me?”
She just kind of glares at him and finally says, “With my barehands.”
West, obviously not picking up on how annoyed she is, “Nah, I’d eat you. You’d need a weapon!”
Then later in the conversation he says if she were a zombie, he’d let her eat him. She sits there speechless before he laughs and says, “Just kidding, I’d bash your head in with a TV! That one right there!”
It’s a fun movie, and anyone who watches it, played the game and knows what they’re getting into. I liked it a lot, and Frank West is more than worth the time. He’s covered wars, you know.