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REVOLT **

Directed by Joe Miale. Starring Lee Pace, Jason Flemyng, Berenice Marlohe and Wandile Molebatsi.

Released in the UK by Entertainment One on EST on 15th January and on DVD in on 29th January 2018. 83mins, Cert 12.


A couple thrown together in a post-apocalyptic world, an unknown enemy, pockets of human beings of both friend and foe, a road-trip to a place that may or may not offer hope of salvation…REVOLT is a film that all sounds very familiar from the outset.

 As it opens we see a helicopter crash followed by civilians rushing for safety underneath heavy fire while the army tries to fight off whatever it might be causing the mayhem. The instant disintegration of bodies as they are shot though suggests that it might well be something over-worldly.

 

Proceedings then tone down somewhat as we meet our hero in the form of imprisoned US solider Bo (Lee Pace) and foreign aid worker Nadia (Berenice Marlohe). They’re our eyes and ears to proceedings, although Bo’s memory is scattershot – he doesn’t know where Nairobi is, even though he can speak the language of the natives who soon come in to the jail cell, only to be fought off by our heroes with relative ease.

 

They escape into a post-apocalyptic world – a setting that is well utilised by the film, fusing the death and destruction well with the scripts science-fiction overtones. Meanwhile, the sporadic electric sparks that are probably linked to the invasion serve as an intriguing plot undertone that becomes relevant later on.

 

However, as Bo and Nadia progress through this world, the film has little fresh to offer. Familiar plot points and themes are visited regularly – humans are seemingly reluctant to pull together against a common enemy, while quieter musings around a campfire ponder the idea of never giving up hope.

 

Jason Flemyng then appears as a British war photographer who does little more than provide some exposition with his camera, before an excellent central set-piece does lead to an unexpected development, even if it is undercut by a jarring romantic beat.

 

Come the end though, we end up back on familiar territory as REVOLT struggles to break out of its genre -trappings. It’s not a bad film by any stretch and at 83 minutes, knows not to outstay its welcome. But even if you have seen this before, you’ve probably seen this before.

 

Extras:.Behind the scenes

 

Phil Slatter

 

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