In a state where the citizens are heavily policed by Suits, Rhett Murphy (Colin Paradine) and his sister Jean (Raven Cousens) go on the run after he is classified as ‘Defective’. But when rebel Pierce (Dennis Andres) comes to their aid, the awful truth behind the Suits begins to unravel. Can they stop them?
Writer/Director Reese Eveneshen’s Defective took a year to film due to complications with funding. After witnessing the finished product I have a couple of questions. Such as, what the fuck? And how fucking short-sighted has today’s industry become?
I’ll admit I’m in love with your more modest little indie sci-fi thrillers like 2013’s Coherence. But quite frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever been so impressed by the ambition, the competence and the overall execution of a movie of this kind.
From the bold cinematography to the RoboCop meets ED-209 costume design of the Suits, from the killer drones to the exhilarating flares of violent old-school bloodshed. This movie has what it takes to go toe to toe with the Hollywood giants. I usually despise heavy usage of CGI blood, but in this case the visual effects team surpasses the efforts of most studio projects. Primarily because they actually took the time to balance the effects with their surroundings. The sound editing is pretty nifty too!
The main cast do a great job. Buff rebel, Pierce Felton is a fun character. While he does his best to offer us some relief from a pretty grim set of circumstances, this effort is overshadowed by the fact that his biggest scene is preceded by a harrowing implantation sequence involving the very beautiful Raven Cousens. She’s the kind of vulnerable yet tough gal that is so easy to route for. She also puts one in mind of a younger Melissa George, with a hint of Billie Piper. And Rhett? Just don’t underestimate Rhett!
This movie deserved a lot more faith than it was given. I wouldn’t be surprised if a network didn’t snap it up tomorrow to develop it into one kick-ass TV series. If there’s any justice, Reese should have one hell of an exciting future ahead of him.