Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Alter Egos

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 24% (Audience)
Directed By: Jordan Galland
Written By: Jordan Galland
Starring: Kris Lemche, Brooke Nevin, Joey Kern and Danny Masterson
Studio: Phase 4 Films

Synopsis: Alter Egos takes place in a world in which superheroes have recently lost all government funding and public support. It centers on an under appreciated superhero who jeopardizes a dangerous mission with his own emotional crisis–his girlfriend is cheating on him with his alter ego. (Source)

The Good:
The setup for this movie was a good. I liked the idea of a world where super-heroes were as commonplace as any reality show celebrity and having the government decide to stop funding the costumed heroes in the midst of the economic troubles this country has been facing was a timely move. Also enjoyed that most of the heroes were absolute dicks which is probably what they would be like if they existed in real life and were treated as celebrities.
Danny Masterson as a frustrated small town cop who got denied a position as a government sponsored hero because of how lame his powers were (he can turn invisible but only for a few seconds at a time) was a stand out and more should have been done with his character.
And the lead character being the other party in a love triangle with is own girlfriend was a nice touch.

The Bad:
There was a romantic angle shoehorned into this movie that defied logic more than the concept of people with super powers. Two characters meet in the morning and by mid-day we are supposed to believe that they have formed this undying love yet the actors had zero chemistry and the script did nothing to make the romance believable.
Also the characters had a tendency to be overly talky which is a criticism i have for most low-budget indie type films where too much time is spent on talking instead of showing.

The Ugly:
I understand that this movie was made on the cheap but there had to be a way to fake the funk and make the darn thing look like more than $3.99 was spent to make it. The pitiful looking costumes for the heroes was the biggest disappointment. I have seen better outfits on people doing cosplay at comic book conventions so there was no excuse for the super hero suits to look so stank.

Final Verdict: A cool idea that would have benefited greatly by a tighter script and a decent budget that would have allowed for more visually appealing sets, costumes and effects. Sadly this film had none of those things and as a result the end product suffered.

Rating: C-

One thought on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Alter Egos

  1. I kinda liked this film — it was fun, had some cool ‘serious’ ideas as you mentioned, but still had a lot of tongue-in-cheek. The costumes *were* lame but I think they worked for the mood they were trying to strike — some of the elements like the idea of the guy’s girl cheating on his civilian identity with his heroic one was very over-the-top and definitely had that classically bad and trite comic book vibe, and the costumes definitely went down the road of Adam West and Burt Ward territory.


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