‘Programmed for vengeance’
Dark Asset is a 2023 American sci-fi action thriller film about a charming guy who attempts to pick up a woman in a bar by spinning a tale involving spies, implanted microchips and the dangerous military scientist hunting him.
The movie stars Byron Mann (The Modelizer; The Ravine; Don’t Let Go), Robert Patrick (What Josiah Saw; Tone-Def; Hellions; The Faculty; Terminator 2), Helena Mattsson, Shani Rigsbee, Sabina Gadecki, Truong Ngoc Anh, Erica Muñoz, Marc Winnick, Paul Savage, Darlenis Duran and Alan Tafoya.
In this adrenaline-fuelled action film, an ordinary soldier becomes the subject of a top-secret experimental programme. Under the guise of enhancing his combat abilities, they have transformed him into a “lethal living weapon.”
As John Doe delves deeper into the project, he uncovers the horrifying truth behind the program’s objectives and the dark intentions of his creator.
Fuelled by a thirst for justice and driven by a desire for vengeance, the soldier breaks free, embarking on a relentless mission to dismantle the program while navigating a dangerous web of betrayal, conspiracy and high-stakes action.”
“Rather than pursuing all-out action, no matter how exciting that could have been, the direction of the film instead aims to articulate a dialogue-heavy character study, with high dependence on flashbacks. The issue, however, is that the flashbacks are not weighty or memorable enough to maintain a high quality or high quantity of excitement.” Dom on Film
” …this combination of action thriller and Scheherazade-style raconteuring is an unstable hybrid as John proceeds to recount the stories of the enhanced operatives who came before him. It’s admirably ambitious on the part of writer-director Michael Winnick, but the two approaches are fundamentally at odds with each other…” ★★ The Guardian
” …this is told in a different way revealing pieces of the puzzle, instead of just going down a rampaging order. Although this can hold back on unleashing the bigger action sequences. This ends up making everything explained in a not-so-slick style that the movie believes it has.” ★★ Movie Reviews 101
” …the film could use just one more coat of polish. To sum it up, Dark Asset is a testament to independent filmmaking’s spirit. Michael Winnock and the team have laid all cards on the table, crafting a tale that teases the mind. While it might not set new benchmarks, it offers a mix of espionage and tech-driven wonder.” ★★ Overly Honest Movie Reviews
“If the plot could have been held together in a manner that didn’t involve the constant interruptions Dark Asset would have been a lot more watchable. Unfortunately, it never would have been more than watchable due to a variety of other factors including a script that isn’t nearly as clever as it thinks it is. Jane’s secrets are fairly easily guessable…” ★★ Voices from the Balcony
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