Zone 414
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Zone 414 is a stinker

Andrew Baird makes his feature-directing debut in Saban Films, Zone 414. Guy Pearce, Matilda Lutz, and Travis Fimmel star in the sci-fi thriller set in Zone 414, a dangerous, dark colony of humanoids known as “the city of robots.” The colony’s creator, Marlon Veidt (Fimmel), hires private investigator David Carmichael (Pearce) to track down his missing daughter. 

David teams up with Jane (Lutz), a highly advanced A.I. equipped with the same technology as her fellow humanoids, but with all human beings’ emotions, feelings, and dreams. They travel through the city, uncovering clues and a crime that questions the origins and true purpose behind the city of artificial humans.

When we first meet David, the story’s hero, he’s just completed his latest assignment. Veteran comic book writer Brian Edward Hill scripts Zone 414, and from the onset, it’s clear that the writer wanted to make his version of the Ridley Scott classic Blade Runner. Naturally, Guy Pearce is pulling his acting style from the cop on the edge handbook. Pearce’s dialogue in nearly every scene gives the vibes of “I’m only here for a paycheck” or a contractual obligation.

Travis Fimmel (in unique makeup) is having a grand time portraying Marlon Veidt, who may or may not have ill intentions for hiring David. Matilda Lutz was somewhat impressive as an android prostitute named Jane. However, the script and Baird’s direction never fully explore the interesting concept of androids being allowed to interact (i.e., have sex) freely. A scene early in the film explores this angle, and perhaps if Hill’s script focused solely on that, the result would be better.

First-time director Andrew Baird’s inexperience shows, as the film just seems to go through the motions. I do get what he was trying to do. However, with a weak script, his vision can’t reach its potential. Zone 414 may find fans who are deep in sci-fi, but everyone should steer clear.

Final Grade D-

Zone 414 is in Theaters, on Digital and On Demand September 3, 2021

Movie Clappers

More reviews to explorer

Bobby Brown - Every Little Step

Bobby Brown is the King of his destiny in Every Little Step

R&B’s original bad boy Mr. Bobby Brown returns to the television screen for another reality show with Bobby Brown: Every Little Step. After facing immense tragedy and adversity in the public eye, the Browns are ready to invite fans into their world as they embark on a new chapter of life in the 12-episode docuseries Bobby Brown: Every Little Step.

Vendetta

Vendetta is a mundane revenge flick

Writer and director Jared Cohn make a return to the world of action in Vendetta. After his daughter is the victim of a brutal murder set up by local kingpin Donnie (Bruce Willis) and legal justice looks unlikely, William Duncan (Clive Standen) takes the law into his own hands.

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a lively good time

The other animated chipmunks you grew up with receive a live-action feature film in Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers from director Akiva Schaffer. Chip and Dale live amongst cartoons and humans in modern-day Los Angeles, but their lives are pretty different now. It has been decades since their successful television series was canceled, and Chip (voice of John Mulaney) has succumbed to a life of suburban domesticity as an insurance sales clerk.

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

© Copyright Reviews & Dunn. All rights reserved

website designed by Red Robin Digital designers