Almost Mercy (2015)

February 26, 2016 - 3:12am | DMHead777

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Tom DeNucci
Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Jesse Dufault, Danielle Guldin, Tommy Dreamer

Plot: Jackson and Emily aren't like the other kids. Two burgeoning sociopaths on the brink of total meltdown. Ticking time bombs seeking revenge. Who will unravel first?

Almost Mercy is a film I was actually excited for. Netflix promised me Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder, so I had to click that play button. It must be one of the more juvenile "horror" films I have ever watched. I put horror in quotes for a reason because this film doesn't know what it wants to be. There is a decent level of gore in the second half, but getting to that point was a real struggle.

In some scenes the movie portrays itself as a black comedy. In other scenes we are supposed to feel sorry for the two leads. It jumps back and forth between them doing drugs or contemplating suicide and trying to be funny about a teacher wanting to have sex with a 16 year old. Maybe the filmmakers were aiming for more of a black comedy rather than a lighthearted revenge flick. If that's the case, then the movie still fails on all levels. We receive narration from one of the leads throughout the film and I swear every other word out of their mouth is "fuck" or "fuck" in the middle of a longer word. It felt like they were trying to be way too edgy and it gets pretty annoying after a while.

The only part I somewhat enjoyed was the revenge aspect. Since the first half was so heavy on serious subject matter I think the filmmakers decided to make the second half more humorous. The kills are very goofy and over the top and the person doing the killing prances around with no care in the world like they're trying to be funny, it just didn't go with the first 45 minutes at all. I get it, this person finally snaps, but once again Almost Mercy tries too hard by showing them having a little too much fun while getting revenge.

If you look at this film as a black comedy with horrible acting, then you may enjoy this. If you are in the mood for something a little more on the serious side, then stay away from Almost Mercy. The subject matter suggests a somewhat serious flick, but turns too goofy for its own good.

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