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Sparks (2013)

Chase Williamson , Ashley Bell , Christopher Folino , Todd Burrows  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chase Williamson, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown, Clint Howard, Jake Busey
  • Directors: Christopher Folino, Todd Burrows
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H91LVOM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group known as The Rochester 13 gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson, John Dies at the End) doesn’t feel remotely super… but after his parents’ death, he throws himself into battle against the criminals plaguing the mean streets of New York. Teaming up with, and falling hard for, the beautiful Lady Heavenly (Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism I & II), the unstoppable duo quickly decimates the city’s army of thugs. But when they tangle with the nation’s most twisted arch-villain, they end up losing everything — including each other. Sparks’ rage-fueled quest for vengeance ignites a battle that will change the world and alter his destiny, forever.

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After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group known as The Rochester 13 gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson, John Dies at the End) doesn’t feel remotely super… but after his parents’ death, he throws himself into battle against the criminals plaguing the mean streets of New York. Teaming up with, and falling hard for, the beautiful Lady Heavenly (Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism I & II), the unstoppable duo quickly decimates the city’s army of thugs. But when they tangle with the nation’s most twisted arch-villain, they end up losing everything — including each other. Sparks’ rage-fueled quest for vengeance ignites a battle that will change the world and alter his destiny, forever.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story and a great movie. March 19, 2014
Format:DVD
I write this review neither as a professional critic nor as someone directly involved with movie making. Instead I am simply a long time fan of movies in general and of the various genres that make up the melting pot that is Sparks. Sparks in its simplest description is a combination of noir style and superhero action with a late 1930s to early 1940s backdrop. It is a wonderful film and should be included in anyone’s personal catalog of DVDs. That having been said, getting down into just what makes this film special will yield even more impressive details.

Sparks is based on a graphic novel of the same name written by Christopher Folino. During the original run of the comic he and William Katt (yes of Greatest American Hero fame) decided to try to bring it forward as a film. There’s more to it than that but this is supposed to be a review of the film and hot a historical treatise of it. However, it does bear to point out that the film was produced completely independently. It is very much a labor of love and it shows in the finished product.

Visually the film is a study in contrast. Scenes are shot in a way that is similar in feel to a combination of Sin City and a theatrical production. Because the production was completely independent and was shot quickly in one location, a lot of green screening was used. Much like it was in Sin City but it doesn't take anything away from the shots. It’s the same kind of feeling you would get watching a play where you know the characters aren't actually in the location they're pretending to be in but you accept the conceit and go along for the ride anyway.

The effects overall are magnificent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable March 23, 2014
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The film was enjoyable but not great. It was dark in places which I enjoyed but the character development was a bit poor.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NO SPARKS March 23, 2014
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GREAT ATTEMPT...but more on par with a syndicated TV series like HERCULES or XEAN...corny script and eye rolling acting with laughable fight sequences...and OMG how much was the WATER BUDGET for RAIN sequences! (you've never seen so much RAIN in your life). It tries to be WATCHMEN, HELLBOY with a dash in SIN CITY but it just doesn't cut the mustard! If you can sit through the whole thing, you must have SUPER POWERS. The 2 star rating is for effort...its clear everyone involved made this film with love but sometimes love isn't enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a film that people seem to really love or absolutely detest; I actually thought it had some very strong points and fell a bit flat elsewhere. It is a `superhero' tale and based on the graphic novel which tells the story of a meteor crashing to earth causing a genetically mutated group of people who become known as `the Rochester 13'. Then we have the story of the hero or rather `superhero' Ian Sparks (Chase Wiliamson - `John Dies at the End') whose parents are killed in an exploding car incident that was partially caused by the cops.

We jump ahead a number of years and Sparks has decided to go out righting wrongs and in the end teams up with Lady Heavenly played by Ashley Bell (`The Day') then they come up against a super villain and the rules of the game change forever... type thing.

Well all of that is pretty predictable and I quite liked the suspending belief as you swallowed their stories of woe. It unashamedly plays for the `noir' feeling and in many ways copies `Sin City' with its use of graphics and live action. However, it lacks the pathos of that film and is never consistent with the noir feeling, so at times it feels like we got only half the film that the makers wanted us to see - that may have been down to budget. The action is ok at best and sporadic and you will be amazed at a shotgun that causes no damage to the moving vehicle it is fired at, whilst killing the passenger.

Some have criticised the acting, but I think they had to play it in a kind of cheesy tongue in cheek way as the whole thing is quite unbelievable and some would argue that is as it should be. If you are a fan of super hero type films this will tick some of your boxes, if you are hankering for a noir then look elsewhere - if you just want some not too sensible viewing fun then this more than passes muster.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Long ... But It Definitely Has SPARKS! March 11, 2014
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I kid you not: I read my first comic book in 1970. (It was a Batman story, but I honestly don’t remember any of the specifics.) Bitten by the superhero bug at such a ripe, young age, the interest naturally stuck with me, and I’ve been reading them ever since. To be fair, I don’t read them as ambitiously as I used to – I chalk that up to the nurturing on one’s particular tastes as one gets a bit older or ‘long in the tooth,’ as they say. Still, I’ve been there through perhaps every television and/or cinematic discovery (or rediscovery) of what quality comic book material looks like once it’s committed to celluloid. TV’s Spider-man. TV’s Wonder Woman. The Incredible Hulk. All the way up to NBC’s HEROES, the various Bat-films, and the Marvel flicks. I certainly wouldn’t classify myself as any expert on the subject, but I would consider myself to have a modestly learned opinion.

That said, I was probably as underwhelmed by SPARKS as I was impressed. Like any low budget or independent production, it has its relative strengths and weaknesses, and I’ll be happy to share them with you after this brief qualifier …

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

A radioactive meteor strikes Earth in the past, killing most of its three hundred victims but gifting a small group (named ‘The Rochester 13’) with not only superhuman abilities but also the capability of passing on their skills to their future offspring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. 50s film noir with superheroes
I loved it. 50s film noir with superheroes. Very well written. Great plot. Great acting. Never slow or drawn out. I highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Guido
1.0 out of 5 stars No superheroes in this movie.
No superheroes here - just a bunch of thugs and losers. I despise movies with characters who just can't seem to get their lives together and just stumble from one problem to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by texas rob
5.0 out of 5 stars batman should see this.
this is for heroes. right up there with batman, superman, and anyone continually punched, slapped, kicked, and stomped, and every morning still getting out of bed.
Published 1 month ago by mick
2.0 out of 5 stars To Old Style for me.
I am actually trying to watch it for the second time in an attempt to give it a good rating. But I can't seem to get past the way this was filmed or the story telling aspect of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Harrigan
1.0 out of 5 stars Just walk away from tghis one
From the cover this looks like a fun comic book hero romp. The reality is that the acting and filming style are sad and even irritating to suffer through. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bruce D. Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars Really campy
Not really all that interesting. The clichés used in this movie are way too many. If you like a old Hollywood "B" then you might enjoy this one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See!
Loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Wayne
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, really not much to see here, confusing
Good have been a lot better. Acting not that great, except for Clancy Brown. Not much in the way of action. Blue shots okay. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SnowDog3000
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
b type movie.
Published 3 months ago by Mark P. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This was a surprisingly good movie for a low budget offering.
Published 4 months ago by Steve Hayes
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