Dead Rising: Endgame can be enjoyable at times, but for the most part, this is an unattractive and boring offering that even fans of B-movies will have trouble digesting.
No one was expecting Dead Rising: Watchtower to be a remarkable zombie film, not only because it was a video game movie (I’m told those have a poor track record,) but also because it came out exclusively on Crackly, Sony’s free streaming service. But the movie came out and it was a competent horror flick with a few references to the Capcom game it was based on and was successful enough to guarantee a sequel. Unfortunately, the “je ne sais quois” present in its predecessor is nowhere to be found in Dead Rising Endgame. Although there’s some fun to be had in Endgame, those moments are few and far between, making it hard to recommend.
After the mandatory montage that shows you some of the events from the previous film, you’re thrown right into the action. Luckily, there’s not a lot to know before watching Endgame, even if you missed Watchtower: there’s a conspiracy involving the military and the zombie pandemic, Chase Carter has proof of said conspiracy and he’s intimidated by the army. To stop this scheme, Chase and his colleagues need to go through an infested part of the city to hack servers from the Afterlife program and prevent the military from ending the world as we know it.
After a long introduction that presents every character and explains what they need to do in the zombie infested Fortune City, Endgame becomes the movie that everyone hopes it becomes: a dumb action horror movie where a group of survivors fight hordes of undead creatures. But for a movie that should be about shooting zombies in the head, Endgame has a lot of dialogue and slow-paced parts. And that’s a problem because the characters have nothing meaningful to say yet they talk a lot. Eventually though, there’s zombies. Lots and lots of zombies and that’s when Endgame is at its best.
I think the most disappointing part about End Game is that it doesn’t have an identity of its own. There are references to the game it’s based on, bitten people use Zombrex and survivors combine weapons in creative ways. Other than that, this is a run-of-the-mill action horror movie and nothing sets it apart from the competition.
In conclusion, Dead Rising: Endgame is a more grounded take on the popular series of games and that makes it a run-of-the-mill and plain boring zombie movie. It’s hard to care about a movie with uninspired characters, a plot full of holes and average special effects. It can be enjoyable at times, but for the most part, this is an unattractive and boring offering that even fans of B-movies will have trouble digesting.