Budget isn't everything
, 29 Sep 2013
Yes, The Other Side's low budget is obvious, and yes, the script could do with another polish, and yes, it's rather clear that the film-makers love Terminator 2 -- not that there's anything wrong with that! -- but even so there is something compelling about the film. The action sequences are quite good considering the lack of cash behind the scenes and there is a definite sense of tension throughout, something films with a hundred times the budget don't manage. It's also full of good ideas; the central premise of escapees from Hell and the hunters that follow them is quite strong and the sequences set in Hell are vivid and effective, without having millions spent on them. The main actors do a decent job, with Nathan Mobley turning in a suitably haunted performance as Sam, back from the dead and searching for his killer andhis missing girlfriend. Poncho Hodges' Oz is a bit of a walking stereotype and could do with a better script, but Cory Rouse as his sidekick Mally gets by on sheer charisma and good comic timing. The Reapers don't get much in the way of character development, which is something of a shame as the one who does have a hint of a personality -- even if it's just a preference for wearing a hat -- comes across quite well and it would be good to see the others get something similar. So yes, The Other Side isn't brilliant, but it has charm despite its rough edges and the low budget shouldn't put you off giving it a try.
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