Saturday, December 13, 2014

DVD Review - The Device

The Device
Director: Jeremy Berg
Starring: Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan, Kate Alden
Studio: Image Entertainment
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Retail: $27.97
Running Time: 90 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on DVD this Tuesday December 6, 2014 from Image Entertainment is the scifi-drama The Device. The film is directed by Jeremy Berg and stars Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan and Kate Alden. Special Features include an audio commentary with the writers, producers and director Jeremy Berg, an audio commentary with the cast and an audio commentary by Tracy Torme, screenwriter of Fire In The Sky and Intruders.

The Device centers on sisters Abby (played by Angela DiMarco) and Rebecca (played by Kate Alden), who both returns to their family's cabin, a place they haven't been to since the time Rebecca disappeared when they were younger. They never planned on returning to the cabin, but at the request of their late mother, they have returned here to scatter their mother's ashes in the forest and the nearby lake.

The sisters discover strange markings on the ground, which they presumed was from some sort of crash years ago. Abby finds a mysterious black orb and takes it back to her fiance Calvin (played by David S. Hogan), who think it may bring them into lots of cash if they they sell it. They return home the next day along with Rebecca and odd occurrences begin to happen, all of which is connected to the strange orb. Bizarre dreams haunt the sisters and Calvin begins to act differently, almost if he is interacting with the orb. Could the orb be connected to extraterrestrial beings?

Despite growing up watching television shows like The X-Files, I don't watch very many alien abduction films as all the plots are mostly all the same. After reading the synopsis for The Device, I thought I would give it a try. I would like to first point out that the DVD artwork is a little misleading, especially on the back where it features an alien walking in the street with destruction all around it; this never occurs in the film!

What we get here is a low-budget scifi-flick with decent acting, but also with a misguided script. While it seems that the director, Jeremy Berg, tried his best with what little budget he had to work with, the premise is just too big to fit into this sort of film. Overall, The Device starts out well, but it quickly disintegrates into a boring film that had no direction in sight.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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