Range 15, Zombie Film From The Troops For The Troops

Range 15 Film Details

Director: Ross Patterson 
Writer(s):  
Billy Jay
Nick Palmisciano
Ross Patterson
Release Date: August 15, 2016
Release Format: DVD
MPAA Rating:  N/A
Genre:  Comedy, Horror
Synopsis: 

A group of veterans wake up after a night of partying to find out that the zombie apocalypse has spread across the United States. Together, they must fight their way across the country in order to find a cure for the outbreak and restore freedom before it’s too late.

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Overview:

The zombie sub-genre is an oversaturated market. Yet, the theme does not seem to be degrading anytime soon. The platform is always open for the next presented innovation. Whether aesthetic is serious in tonality or humor infused entries are in constant flow. In this genre the aim is to redefine the vision of an apocalyptic scenario.

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DecayMag.com Billy Jay Nick Palmisciano Ross Patterson Range 15Plaguing our current state of affairs are grim reports that threaten our safety. The emergence of a deadly pathogen, war, and pollutants are daily headlines. Audiences seek entertainment in the zombie theme arena. The genre provides a metaphorical exposition to current social conditions

Releasing on DVD on the 15th of August 2016 is Range 15. The Comedy, Horror is a collaborative production between two competing military apparel companies Ranger Up and Article 15. Hence, the title of the film is a combination of the two company names.

In delivering social commentary Range 15 offers a multi-dimensional approach. Over ninety percent of the cast and crew are military veterans. In fact, most of the zombies seen lurking about in the film were military amputees.

Ross Patterson’s film is marketed as a;

“….movie made by the troops for the troops and fueled by the ingenuity of the armed forces community….”

Money is of utmost importance to establish an indie film production. Without adequate funding or investors, the script will never morph to screen.  The production team behind Range 15 sought the help of the general public to fund the film. The end result would excel expectation. The IndieGoGo campaign for the film would not only reach the target goal but also surpass it. The accomplishment would make Range 15 one few highest backed production on IndieGoGo.

Ross Patterson’s film had a sneak peek at the Sundance Festival 2016 and held its premier at the GI Film Festival in DC. A The film released nationally in a limited engagement across four hundred theaters.

On DVD on the 15th of August 2016 is Range 15.

Pros:

A group of hardened veterans is thrust (pun intended) into a zombie apocalypse. Can they save the world from imminent doom?

Range 15 is a film crafted from the standard zombie apocalyptic storyline formula. The outline is simple. A group of survivor must rendezvous at a target location. Along the way, these individuals must work together to ensure mission completion. Let’s not forget the onslaught of the undead that awaits them.

Over the years, The U.K. offered some impressive comedies centered on a zombie outbreak. What sets Range 15 apart from these productions? The film delivers plenty of raunchiness and wacky political incorrectness. Range 15 is a film that is bound to be a cult-classic. This is an eye opener.

Decorated military compose the majority of the production team. Most toured inhospitable arena such Iraq and Afghanistan. One would expect Ross Patterson’s film to transverse into a dark, unkind Dramatic orientation. An action-heavy presentation could also be foreseen as the end product.

Range 15 is a parody of the zombie genre. The film is a spoof of itself. The actors themselves are also targeted as the laughingstock. The entertainment value will garner plenty of “smack my head” reactions.

DecayMag.com Billy Jay Nick Palmisciano Ross Patterson Range 15For example; viewers will pause, unsure whether to laugh at Sgt. Mary Dague’s misfortune. For the gag, Dague’s tries to pick up a set of keys from the floor. Serving as a bomb technician in Iraq Dague lost both arms in an act of bravery to save her unit.

Ross Patterson’s film is more than a B-rated film. It transcends value as an indie production. The guest stars may add marketing value. Yet it is the fact that throughout the duration of the film showcased were military veterans . The stars of the film  were the brave men and women of the armed forces. The film is a great tribute.

Cons:

From a technical aspect, the visual effects were less than stellar. Presented are visuals that are the equal to a SyFy made for television movie. Of course, special effects are overlooked in exchange for quality content. Ross Patterson’s film offers the latter and more. Can’t say the same about that nonsensical fusion of tornados and sharks.

Rating Score:  0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40  Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive
REVIEW OVERVIEW
Cinematography
80 %
Originality / Redefining
80 %
Plot
70 %
Practical Effects
80 %
Scare Factor
5 %
Special Effects
20 %
Viewing Experience
90 %
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