Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel Pays Homage to Retro Superhero TV Programs
Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel Film Details
Vincent J. Roth
January 5th, 2018
Release Format: Cinemas, VOD
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Surge leaves his hometown, Big City, to pursue his arch enemy headed to Las Vegas to find mysterious crystals key to the diabolical plan of an even greater supervillain, which erupts in a battle on Hoover Dam and back in Big City.
Hollywood is going bonkers with superhero-themed movies. The demand is high in the market and thus a continuous surge of sequels and episodes satisfy the fervor. There doesn’t seem to be an end in developing these films soon. Indie cinema too gets plunged on to this popular trend with Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel. As the name suggests this is a conclusion to the 2004 release subtitled; The Stuff of Heroes.
Much as its big-budgeted counterpart Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel includes a cast with distinguished names, special effects, action, and comedy.
The stand out element to Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel lives with the cinematography. Each scene had a flawless composition in terms of the lighting, camera angles, and depth of field. As opposed to the initial episode which featured one director Antonio Lexerot, Vincent J. Roth helm this next chapter of Surge of Power. It is clear extra care went into establishing a live-action comic book. With its color accent and design, this film appears to jump out of an illustrated action adventure novel.
Cinematographer Mario DeAngelis did great work in delivering a love letter to one specific retro comic book television program. If Adam West were alive am certain he would have been a member of this cast.
The added combination of B roll footage is smooth with the essential unfolding segments. My unease lies in the cinematography and visual composition, it is too polished. The production fails to convey a natural translation, the rawness that divides a kid-friendly interpretation from an adult-oriented example.
Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel can accommodate as a serial programming for Disney XD. The narrative reveals a grade of originality while adopting a textbook relationship between a hero and his nemesis. With an understanding of context and delivery of this film, the special effects were respectable. If this film communicated differently these added graphics would get reprimanded for its amateurish level of structure. Yet, the acting I found questionable. Again I draw back to programs on aforementioned digital cable and satellite television channel.
Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel may not appeal to the masses. The family-oriented approach to this film is a stark contrast to the Marvel and DC installments released in cinemas. The comparison is not on the budget that separates Lexerot and Roth’s film with Hollywood blockbusters. It is the visual narrative what am attributing to.
The performances found on Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel wasn’t B-movie quality per se but a casual delivery of an emotional substance. It felt uncanny to observe the laid-back acting of Linda Blair, Robert Picard, and Eric Roberts. In most circumstances, these performers situate better in a more theatrical setting.