This is a really high quality indie movie and a film that deserves a lot more exposure than it has had. The plot concerns Jim who inherits an amazing 1940s style Robot from his grandfather. The robot, Valkyrie, was designed to take on and defeat a Nazi plague that can turn ordinary people into violent killers. Mind you the debased level of the resultant creatures hardly seems to fit in with Hitler’s Aryan ideal but then he was nuts anyway.
This is a very well made low budget film, with a tight and funny script and great performances all round. Steve Foland is clearly enjoying himself as Jim, a character with a touch of the Bruce Campbell about him and is wonderful in the later part of the film when he and Valkyrie join forces to defeat the Nazi menace. The design of the robot is inspires, with it’s wonderfully anachronistic 1940s lines and form and though it’s very obviously an actor in a suit, it doesn’t matter for a second, its a good suit and the character works. C3PO is a man in a suit after all, and nobody ever complains about him.
The whole idea of the grandson inheriting his grandfather’s work gives a charming tone to the movie and it’s very well shot, considering it’s low budget. There are the inevitable problems that come with such restrictions, the sound is sometimes a little incomprehensible, some of the camerawork could have been framed with more accuracy and the lighting isn’t always perfect but there’s so much else that’s good in the film that it makes you want to forget all that and concentrate on the story, definitely a triumph over adversity. There’s a great score as well which is always an unexpected bonus.
One of the real starts of the film should be effects wizard Steve Tolin who with very little time to spare produced a variety of masks makeups and practical effects that put many of his higher budgeted contemporaries to shame. He’s especially good at blood and gore so if that floats your boat, make a beeline for this film. It’s a great adventure story told with it’s tongue firmly in it’s cheek and really deserves to be championed I think. Destined to become a cult movie, of that I am sure.
Director: Jeff Waltrowksi
Cast: Steve Foland,Dave Droxler,Jimmie Kuhl,Anne Richardson,Brandon Yustince