Alpha Rift: Review

Nolan (Aaron Dalla Villa) works in a toy shop with his best friend, Gabby (Rachel Nielsen). They both swear they’re just friends, but there’s something between them that neither of them will acknowledge. Then one day when they’re messing about in the shop, Nolan picks up and puts on a helmet and it immediately causes him to pass out.

When he awakens, he finds himself strapped to a gurney and senses that something is wrong. One thing leads to another and Nolan finds himself in front of Corbin (Lance Henriksen), the leader of a centuries old brotherhood who vow to rid the world of the demons that possess bad people. Overwhelmed by this sudden revelation that the games and stories he heard about, The Noblemen, are true, Nolan realises that he’s next in line to become the champion the world needs right now.

The trouble is that Nolan has no fighting experience outside of games, so it’s going to have to take some training so that he can defeat Lord Dragsmere (Phillip N. Williams) who is ready for battle.

Alpha Rift is a science fiction and fantasy movie written and directed by Dan Lantz. Clearly taking inspiration from nostalgic TV and film from the Eighties and Nineties, Alpha Rift seems to know it’s audience. Although it also feels a little disjointed in terms of story and plot. Alpha Rift also takes so much from other media that people of a certain age may remember that it nearly gets too much for itself as where some things are fleshed out, others aren’t.

It clearly tries to cater for fans of science fiction and fantasy, but the script is just going through the motions to hit the beats of other media before. Even having Lance Henriksen brought in to bump up the credibility of the movie can’t make up for it, because he mostly delivers his lines as if he only just remembered them.

Alpha Rift is an attempt at something and with the right execution it could have made way for a low budget franchise or even a series.

However, no matter how much you ignore the plastic armour and the lack of chemistry between the leads, the script lets it down.

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