THE PLOT THUS FAR
Raze, a horror/action film, focuses on two abducted women & 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Raze” plays with a ton of genre tropes, as we deal with a group of women forced into a modern coliseum. The attempt at subverting expectations is producing a martial arts heavy film without the same dull storyline is great. However, I can’t say that it made the most out of its 92 minutes. There was a lot of retread, plus a lot of attitude to sort through. That being said, the end result showcased women in a role that normally don’t get in many action films. Tough, but not cliche.
Zoe Bell continues to prove that she’s a genre film leading lady to be taken seriously. While she dominates the stunt scene, not enough people support her ability to act and bring believability to roles like this. Rachel Nichols seems like she was meant to be the lead, but Bell steals focus and puts her stamp all over the feature. I wish I could say more for the select male actors, but they exist in their own ways. Ultimately, what matters is that each women made to fight to the death gets her own personality. No one handles the situation in the same way, but they are all unified in their desire to escape. Solid effort all around and I can’t wait to see more. For the interested, the short film that inspired the feature is available in the supplemental material.
The DVD comes with a commentary, interviews, featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel and original short film as the special features. The A/V Quality is equally expansive. However, it does have that dull sheen that comes with a standard definition transfer. Thankfully, the Dolby 5.1 track kicks in it when needed. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!