This movie about a framed military operative and trained killer (Dominic Purcell) who needs to play a game of survival in a reality TV show (ridiculously called Turkey shoot) where he must not only eliminate everyone he sees, but also your desire to watch movies – ever again.
That above sentence pretty much sums up the story for this film. While there is some political message that is trying to be portrayed through it and some predictable twists and turns to the basic plot, I honestly stopped caring about the film very early on. I’ve played video games where the only thing in the story was to shoot things in front of you which probably had more of a story line than this film. It tries to fashion a future where reality TV is all about pitting convicts up for redemption by playing a series of challenges where they must either kill or be killed. As a concept, its already been done too many times, most recently in the way superior Hunger Games, but here it is completely contrived and the film itself has no passion in trying to tell this story and is filled with silly dialogue, terrible stereotyping and absolutely no characterization.
From the start of the movie, things are set in place with what can only be described as lazy directing by Jon Hewitt. I’ve seen still camera being used for strong dramatic effect before, but it makes no sense in a film where building tension and action is supposed to be the idea. Having actors say their lines staring directly into the camera with no camera motion or action scenes that pretty much do the same thing, robs the film of any tension and believability. The director tries to show the footage as it might be recorded through cameras and shown on screen, but it just makes the film boring to watch and lacks any real tension or pacing. The film does make use of some real life footage in some scenes and this is arguably the most well directed sequences in the film.
The acting is also completely poor and you get the impression the actors themselves are embarrassed to be in this film as they deliver their lines with such awkwardness, that you can’t help but feel sorry for them. The script is part of this, as the dialogue is really cheesy and you have to wonder what the producers were thinking when they greenlit the script by Hewitt and Belinda McClory (who also acts in the film and whose own lines are probably the worst of the lot), as there is nothing good about it at all. And seriously – what the hell is up with its World War Africa nonsense that it tries to run as a background story – its either a World War, or its an African War.
And the action choreography doesn’t help either. Many movies have done the shoot anything and I’ll hot and the enemies can shoot at me and always miss, but they at least tried to make it exciting to watch. This is so poorly done that it seems like everyone in the movie bar the protagonist actually has AI dumber than early FPS games – yes, it’s that bad.
The film also stars Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor and Nicholas Hammond and a host of other actors who are all wasted in this disaster of a movie.
It sounds cruel to say this, but there is nothing at all redeeming about this film and I cannot think of one good reason to advise you to watch this DVD, other than to realize that even your home videos may not be as badly done as this shambles of an action film.
Elimination Game is out now on DVD, but really don’t bother. Like the fictional game show in the film, it’s a real turkey.
Last Updated: March 31, 2016