By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
(TV’s “True Detective”) appears to have bitten off more than he can chew with his new movie “Berserk.”
He not only stars in the bizarre, dark comedy, but also directed, wrote and produced it.
“Berserk” is all over the place. The pacing is at times rather awkward. Some scenes drag on and on and others are underdeveloped.
Wakefield plays a struggling Hollywood actor named Evan. He keeps telling his agent that he’s thisclose to finishing a zombie screenplay. Truth is, he’s barely started the thing. She’s ready to move on without him and means it this time.
Evan is in panic mode now. He’s not the only one. His best friend Raffy Rivers (Nick Cannon, “Chi-Raq”) apparently has fared a bit better on the movie front. He has a palatial pad in the Hollywood Hills, but his star is fading, and he needs another hit movie fast.
So, what are these spoiled and pampered guys going to do?
Well, Evan gets the bright idea that because they’ve never experienced any sort of fear or major problems in their lives, they should recreate some events that could actually trigger some real emotions.
They write the script around that paper-thin premise and add a couple of zombies, lots of hallucinogenic drugs, a celebrity loving cop (James Roday, TV’s “A Million Little Things”) and a pretty girl named Jazz (Nora Arnezeder, TV’s “Origin,”) to add to their cinematic experience.
What starts out as a crazy, prank story--during Halloween no less-- goes horribly wrong. Suddenly this cast of characters are involved in something much more dangerous and darker than they ever imagined or felt.
In all fairness, I can’t say I hated “Berserk.” Then again, I didn’t love it either. It’s an OK movie. Wakefield’s attempt to bring something twisted and new to the screen is admirable.
Still, if it weren’t for Nick Cannon’s comical moments to lighten things up a bit, “Berserk” would be off the rails bonkers.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.