Notable Cast: Nana Gouvea, Tom Sizemore, Eric Roberts, Jonny Beauchamp, Vincent Pastore, Chuck Zito, Jeremy Fernandez, J.W. Cortes, Brett Azar, Rich Graff, David Gere, Kelly Rae LeGault
Often times, it’s the low budget films that present the biggest surprises for cinephiles willing to look beyond budgetary constraints. This is where Black Wake falls in the grander scheme of things. On the surface, the film suffers from its budgetary limits often trying to push them in ambitious ways and that creates a rift between the concept and the execution. However, if one is willing to look beyond some of the sporadic performances and spotty narrative shifts, Black Wake offers an intriguing blend of genres that lingered with me long after the credits rolled. For this story, the film attempts to blend the traditional zombie apocalypse with a science fiction/found footage approach and then enrobes the entire thing with a Lovecraftian sense of dread and otherworldliness that gives it a fun concept. The results might ultimately be mixed, but the dynamics are there and heartfelt conceptual approach carries it through many of its pitfalls.
|We have some crazy shit going on and that's coming from Tom Sizemore. Emperor of crazy shit.|
Most of the larger hurdles that Black Wake most overcome simply arise from its budgetary constraints. Special effects get an ‘A’ for effort, but don’t always work. The performances from the various actors, despite obvious cameos from larger names like Eric Roberts and Tom Sizemore, vary from intriguing and grounded to outlandishly untethered which can give the film an uneven tone. Still, there is a lot of heart that is thrown into the film from its film makers and even when the film hits a cringe-worthy moment, it’s easy to give it the benefit of the doubt for the effort and love that is obviously being fed into the final product.
|It could be worse. It could be some Lovecraftian shit from another worl...oh damn.|