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Fire City: End of Days Review

Have you ever had to make a decision that went against your nature? In June 2015, Vine found himself in that exact situation.


Directing this 110 minute fantasy/horror/thriller is Tom Woodruff Jr.

Some of the cast is: Tobias Jelinek as Atum Vine, Danielle Chuchran as Demon Cornelia, Kristin Minter as Jane, Keely Alona as Sara, Kimberly Leem a Amber, Derrick L. McMilon as Andre, Kristin Minter as Jane, Harry Shum Jr. as Frank and Kristin Minter as Jane. 

Hiding in plain sight, demons live among humans and feed off of their misery for sustenance. A run down apartment building is where a demon named Atum Vine lives, and where he helps feed the misery of humans. One day Vine finds himself confronted with a choice, feed on the misery of a young child, or do something that demons would never do... help a human. Vine's decision threatens the balance between human and demon kind.

So, here's a flick... its name has been fearfully whispered in the darkest parts of the internetdue to the fear that saying its name aloud would release the demons bound in its footage. Ok, ok so maybe not all of that is true. I've actually heard quite a bit about this film for awhile now, and thanks to a Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 they got the financing they needed to make an idea a reality. Now, as for saying its name out loud and releasing the demons... that I can't make any promises about, but I dare you to try it and find out!

This film is creature and character effects designer, Tom Woodruff Jr.'s, directorial debut. The story that was written by Michael Hayes and Brian Lubocki was inspired by a 9 minute short film of Woodruff's, called Fire City: King of Miseries (2013), which I recommend checking out. 

The play-through is good and it held my attention with no problem. Right off the bat the film starts out pretty crazy with a bunch of stuff that you can't really make sense of.  (After everything starts to fall into place the opening makes sense.) However, as much as I liked the story, the ending was a little baffling to me. Maybe that's because I'm not the sharpest crayon in the tool shed so I couldn't follow where the story was taking me, or it's the story and it didn't lay everything out smooth enough, I don't know. Other than that, I really liked the world they created for the demons, and the explanations of why they do what they do. I think what I liked about it the most was it was different, and in a world of recycled and refurbished film ideas... different is awesome.

All the work put into this film, like character designs, special effects make-up (Wayne Anderson & Dave Elsey) and even the cinematography (Danny Grunes) made for an all around killer looking flick. As cool as everything looked, I think my favorite character design was Atum Vine. Now, don't get me wrong, you can tell there was a l-o-t of imagination used when creating some of the awesome creatures scattered throughout the movie, but Vine was badass looking. Now, there where some down sides to the effects. Not a lot mind you but when compared to the rest of the film, the few flaws really stood out.  The biggest spot was the use of CGI, mainly because it just didn't blend in well. The rest were just little things here and there. 

I thought the cast did a great job, yeah there was a few places where the acting fell off, but the bad didn't out weigh the good. A few faces surprised me (in a good way) when they showed up in the cast line-up, like Jelinek, Shum Jr., Minter and Winston. They're all good actor/actress's and they brought their skills, which was just another added bonus to the film.

Overall, I'm glad I finally got to catch this one and I'm pretty sure you'll say the same after you catch it. As luck would have it, you don't have to wait to long since it's being released on DVD and Digital October 6 (2015). So catch it and lets get Fire City's fan base growing!

It's rated UR (unrated) but has language, nudity and violence.

3 stars

 

Academy Award Winning Creature and Character Effects Designer Tom Woodruff Jr makes his highly-anticipated directorial debut with Fire City : End of Days, hitting DVD and Digital October 6 from Uncork'd Entertainment.

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