Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cybergeddon DVD Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Cybergeddon follows the story of agent Chloe Jocelyn as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyber attacks with fellow agent Frank Parker and incarcerated master hacker Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen. Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff before it is too late. In a world where everyone is connected, everyone is at risk. Once again, I have chosen to review a movie based on the title alone. Since I am the reviewer that loved Sharktopus, I figured that there was a chance that this movie will be bad enough to be good. Truthfully, it would be a bonus if a giant squid attacked a large city which caused some kind of computer emergency but it’s unlikely that this will turn into cyber-squid-geddon.

Film (2 1/2 out of 5 stars)
It turns out that Cybergeddon is a serious movie. In fact, Cybergeddon is a real word – not a made up gem like Dinocroc or Mansquito. In fact, Cybergeddon is defined on Wikipedia as referring to “cataclysm resulting from large-scale sabotage of all computerized networks, systems and activities.” Wikipedia also states that “hypothetically considered, an exceptionally comprehensive attack could shut down all economic, political and military systems, causing global disorder and societal collapse.”

Cybergeddon is the story of FBI Agent Chloe Jocelyn (Missy Peregrym). Agent Jocelyn is making her way up the ranks at the FBI and has her sights set on the Director’s chair. She makes a major bust when she takes down cybercriminal Gustov Dobreff (Olivier Martinez). Agent Jocelyn gets close to Dobreff by posing as his long lost daughter. When he realizes what’s going on, he memorizes the agent’s face and promises revenge.

Having taken his arrest very personally, Dobreff immediately sets his sights on the agent who captured him. With Dobreff’s money, escape is easy and rather than harm Agent Jocelyn he frames her as a cybercriminal, and targets her family as well. While claiming innocent, Jocelyn must admit that she was once a young hacker and is called to show her skills in undoing the fallout from Dobreff’s latest global attack.

Olivier Martinez is not one of my favorite actors, and I’ve never heard of Missy Peregrym. She actually reminded me of an older Kristen Stewart in a lot of shots – also not one of my favorite actresses. However, no one bothered me to the point that I couldn’t enjoy the film. The film is rather predictable and is not one I will likely watch again, but it’s much better than I expected. Often when I take a chance on a film like this it’s painful to sit through until the end. In the case of Cybergeddon, that was not the case. All the actors delivered solid performances. I did have a bit of trouble believing that Chloe’s fellow agent/ex-boyfriend could be anything but a thug.
Video (2 out of 5 stars)
Cybergeddon is presented in a widescreen 1.78:1 ratio. With a film like this on DVD, I don’t expect much when it comes to the video presentation. The widescreen presentation is fair and the visual effects related to the cyber crimes are better than I had expected. The film takes you through well lit sunny exteriors and dark prison cells. The major complaint is that the film is on DVD rather than blu ray but for DVD it’s not that bad. 
Audio (2 1/2 out of 5 stars)
Cybergeddon is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Sound effects from the clicks on the keyboard to the traffic in the street – all sounds authentic. Most importantly dialogue is clear and consistent. This movie won’t rock your surround sound system but it won’t cause you to hold the remote the whole time to adjust for volume fluctuations.
Extras (0 out of 5 stars)
There are no special features included on this DVD.
Summary (2 out of 5 stars)
Although I had hoped for a giant creature somewhere in the mix, Cybergeddon is a serious film about cyber criminals and the damage they could do on a large scale. The acting was better than I expected. The story was extremely predictable but still entertaining. I don’t think I’ll make Cybergeddon part of my regular movie re-watching routine, but it was worth one viewing at a minimum.

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