– By @TheBlueTook
“A military expedition in Siberia gone wrong. The existence of humanity is in peril as Inanna, Sumerian goddess of lust and war has summoned a giant meteor to destroy the planet, after being accidentally set free from her ancient prison. The government has been overturned in a Communist take-over and the citizens of the world; brainwashed. In humanity’s darkest hour, the ancient entity of Gilgamesh, older than the cosmos themselves, must decide whether or not to serve of mankind’s final hope. Meanwhile, Inanna has hand selected the one man; married man and archaeologist, David Murphy, to live out the rest of eternity with her. Gilgamesh and Inanna are quickly targeted by the new government as potential weapons of mass destruction, and soon the apocalypse has begun.” – IMDB
OK, so I was sent a press release/preview of GILGAMESH only yesterday to share with you lovely people, swiftly followed by a copy of the film itself for review purposes, which I’ve literally just finished watching. Described in the preview (here) as a “genre blending exploitation film”, it wastes no time proving it’s true to its word, as we begin with a Russian military voiceover, and are then whisked between the Vietnam war and America in the not-too-distant future.
As IMDB‘s description explains, director Richard Chandler has gone full throttle here, giving us a mixture of Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror, exploitation, and political thriller, and it’s quite an impressive job with all things considered.
Set against a dystopian backdrop, his independent $30,000 creation depicts the fall of the US government and the rise of a nutty dictator, then throws us 2 supernatural beings, gore, and scantily clad beauties for good measure!
While the directing and editing sometimes lacks, and throws the story and continuity out a little, it’s still a watchable, epic yarn, with a surprisingly original story that deserves a far bigger budget. Where Chandler also succeeds is his eye for claustrophobic lighting, time-lapse intro shots and, of course, a whacky imagination that makes this a very endearing effort. The use of narration by Joseph Gannascoli (The Sopranos) is also a great edition.
True, some of the acting is sporadic and detracts from the overall pace at certain points, but on the flip side, the performances of Melantha Blackthorne, Gannascoli, and indeed, Richard Chandler himself (as the insane power freak) capably pull it back on track.
GILGAMESH will be available on VOD and limited edition signed and numbered DVD on February 3rd 2015.