Original Title: Deathcheaters
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Writer: Michael Cove, Brian Trenchard-Smith (story)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Two stuntmen and war buddies are recruited by a man known only as Mr. Culpepper to retrieve papers from a remote
At least Stunt Rock had the ridiculous stage act to offset the lack of actual movie.
John Hargreaves playing stuntman Steve Hall and Grant Page playing stuntman Rodney Cann had good chemistry at first. Steve was sort of the voice to Rodney's peculiarities (such as wearing a Seinfeld-style pirate shirt and talking to his Bassett hound a la Roscoe and Flash from The Dukes of Hazzard). This film was released before either Seinfeld of Dukes though.
Can't ever say Trenchard-Smith wasn't influential!
There is a great scene in particular that really had my hopes high for the rest of the film. Steve and Rodney are filming an advertisement for motor oil or something. As Steve talks to the camera, we suddenly cut to Rodney flying through the air in this crazy industrial dune buggy. This eventually leads to a chase as they are bored with the commercial and decide to help out the cops driving by chasing some apparent bandits. Cars drive through a shopping mall and fun is had.
However, after this, as we get into the real plot of the film, everything just grinds to a screeching halt. The just for whatever reason becomes decidedly UNfunny. (With one notable exception that I can remember with a silly joke between Page and a secretary... her telling him that her plans for the evening consist of washing her hair then asking him if he has shampoo at his place.)
By the end of the film we finally bring the plot together as the two stuntmen use the skills they obtained in the war to infiltrate a factory and steal documents, but despite this OK final scene with quite a few explosions, machine gun fire, and what appears to be a trademark Tenchard-Smith hang-gliding sequence, it still all ultimately felt very flat.
Don't worry, that standing on the edge shot above isn't me after watching the film... although it was getting close.
You know, I have had as much enthusiasm at writing this review as I actually had watching it. To give you a little peek behind the curtain here, I started this goddamn thing on May 1st!
Deathcheaters wasn't terrible. But it wasn't all that good either. It just committed that cardinal genre-film sin... boring the audience. At least this one man audience.
Maybe I need to watch this with the commentary track on and see how I feel about it then.
Score: 4 / 10
Yeah... not so much.