Live Feed (2006)
Written By: DMG
Director: Ryan Nicholson
Producer: Ryan Nicholson, Roy Nicholson
Writer: Ryan Nicholson, Roy Nicholson
Date Released: September 26, 2006
Kevan Ohtsji as Miles
Taayla Markell as Emily
Stephen M.D. Chang as The Boss
Colin Foo as Shards
Greg Chan as The Butcher
Rating = 0.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A group of friends travel to Asia to have some fun. When they go to a night market, they stumble upon a butcher who kills a dog. Later that night, they get into a fight with a local gang where they meet a young Japanese man named Miles. Afterwards, they check out a creepy adult theater where they are trapped by a gang. Together, they must try to survive.
There are multiple scenes which involve decapitation, blood splatter or some other similar situation. There is one notable scene in which one victim gets his head cut off. In another scene, one antagonist sticks a tube down one of the victim’s throats and feeds a snake down the tube. After which, the gang members staple the girls throat shut. There are many other scenes like this. Although there are multiple scenes with blood and gore, the special effects are more comical than realistic.
The Grave Review
There are so many things wrong with this film. Through the mess of a film, Live Feed attempts to distract you with multiple sex scenes, nudity and excess gore. But taking a closer look at the film only makes things worse.
Surprisingly, in reading other film summaries, no one can pinpoint where in Asia the group is supposed to be. What we do know is that they are walking around a night market and they run into a dangerous gang along the way. Taking an educated guess, we believe they are supposed to be in Hong Kong. Night markets are a big part of Hong Kong life. If we assume that the group is in Hong Kong, then we can assume the gang is actually the Triad Gang who are most active in Hong Kong (but have since branched out). The simpler explanation would have been if anyone simply said some dialogue like, “Hey, I can’t believe were finally in ____.” If you value a good story, then you will be disappointed with the poor script and dialogue throughout the film. The story gets worse once the group enters the adult theatre.
The performances of the cast were below average. Every character had no personality and quite frankly no acting ability whatsoever. Despite how bad this film is, Kevan Ohtsji, who played Miles, has the start of a very promising career as he has now played some roles in both Fear The Walking Dead and Mortal Kombat Legacy. I suppose he is the needle in the haystack.
The only thing that will probably affect the viewers (aside from cannibalism eating penis is the group’s thing) is when the butcher kills a yorkie dog offscreen. Even after the dog is cut up, the dog is still alive and it is up to one of the friends to put it out of its misery. I don’t think this will go well with either animal rights group or dog lovers generally.
It also seems that the producers were unsure of how to end the film. The survivors were taken by a police car instead of an ambulance even though two characters were covered with blood. The cops just took them and the movie ended here.
Overall, the movie is forgettable and uninteresting. The characters are not relatable, annoying at times, and do not render sympathy from the audience. Thus their death is a welcomed relief in the end.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Live Feed (2006) half a grave out five graves.
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