Production Company: Necrostorm
Director: Emanuele De Santi
Emanuele De Santi – Adam
Giulio De Santi – Derek
Alessandro Gramanti – Clarence
Paolo Luciani – Ben
Monica Muñoz – Mike Carrera
Christian Riva – Denny
Valeria Sannino – Emily
Right from the outset as a muscle clenched fist lunges into the face of his first victim, Adam Chaplin is certainly a protagonist who means business as the first blood splattering scene plays out. Indeed a character that seemingly possess super human strength and a merciless wrath for his enemies.
Many could instantly be forgiven for believing that the movie is nothing more than a televised blood bath that pushes the boundaries of just how much blood can be spilt on your screen.
However, if you look beyond you’ll find there is in fact a solid plot that includes themes of loss, tragedy, retribution and power.
Working retrospectively, the next scene unfolds the events of Adam Chaplin’s past that led him down the current path that the film ventures towards. We learn that his Wife Emily becomes entangled in an underground militia force who govern the world they inhabit and as a result was burned alive for an un repaid debt. These events culminated in Adam associating himself with a demon who grants him the abilities to seek vengeance towards those who murdered her.
It may also be worth noting at this point, that further exploration is given to the dynamics between both of them through various flash backs. What was good to see about this was that the romantic dynamics of the film did not outstay their welcome or become overly sentimental. As a viewer you quickly grasp the relationship between them and then it’s back to the action.
What works best is the exploration of Adam’s inner turmoil and yearning for his departed lover remain very much intact and prevents him from becoming an intangible killing machine that we can‘t relate to. His character is one who still possesses his humanity as the interaction scenes between him and the Demon become explored. The events play out in a methodical manner, as the enemies receive an all rounded serving of head popping and gut spilling that seems perfectly poetic for their earlier crimes.
The fight scenes was also executed and choreographed in a way that despite being fictional keeps you engaged. The final battle itself served as a great climax to the whole experience giving everything that final showdown factor that will keep blood craved fans pushing the rewind button for a second fix.
Heaven’s Valley, the world in which the film is set in, was depicted in a self-contained bleak setting which was devoid of vast CGI post-apocalyptic landscapes. This was a good thing as it helped to tighten the current drama of the actual events and kept everything in constant motion and added focus to the action itself. The soundtrack, which was reminiscent of a 90’s anime, was well produced and reflected the dark tonality of production.
Final word; whenever a film gets dubbed with the term Cult, it’s something that can both excite audiences and set a high standard of expectation prior to watching. In this case, Adam Chaplin does not fail to deliver the value for your time any more than it fails to pour out the buckets of blood throughout. It is for that reason it is indeed worthy of such a term and should by all rights remain a classic in years to come.
The only downer was that the movie didn’t have a longer running time, but in the time that is set, you’ll walk away with a distinctive and memorable experience that is incomparable to anything else out there.
Not a film for the faint hearted!