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FTN reviews Road to Hell

September 11th, 2012 by Big Phil Comments

A soldier who has been fighting a long war is driven mad because he no longer believes in any purpose or righteous truth behind the killing. He comes home to a surreal world looking for his first and only love from his youth, believing she will rescue him from his demons. On the road to Edge City he encounters two seductive spree killers who oppose his efforts to find his love and the redemption he desperately seeks.

Cody has been on the road for 28 long years. Haunted by the events of his past, he is obsessed by attending a concert given by “Ellen”, his daughter who he hasn’t seen she he walked out on her as a baby.

Along the way he encounters two young ladies, fresh from their killing spree and seeking more thrills on the backward and abandoned dusty roads that lead to Edge City. What follows will be a chain of events that will change not only their lives but influence Cody on his journey to a fateful meeting and a reunion that he has been waiting for 28 years…

Road to Hell is afollow up to the Walter Hill 1980’s classic “Streets of Fire” and features the actor Michael Pare.

Director Albert Pyun has created a visually appealing film that both recognises the original movie and yet is a stand alone piece of cinema.

Indeed, the emotions of the main character “Cody” that we see him go through on screen are heart-warmingly felt by the audience. Backed by newcomers The Roxy Gun Project, whose lead singer portrays “Ellen”, Cody’s daughter.

Road to Hell is one part music video, one part savage, blood splattering violence. All backed by a soundtrack that not only includes original material from the first film but also a host of songs that become a symphony in hell (literally) to the carnage and emotion portrayed on screen.

Fans of the original Streets of Rage can breath a sigh of relief as there is not a single shot that betrays the original film. If anything, this second act only serves to increase the original story told. With dialogue lifted verbatim from the original movie, it now has a new meaning due to the visuals that are on the screen.

A worthy addition to a cult classic.

Big Phil 3 out of 5

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