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Sparks

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H91LVOM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sparks is a movie that proves that you don't need Michael Bay at the helm, or a legion of A listers to make a great movie. The movie truly shines on its own as it combines a unique combination of film noir, grit, romance, and action culminating in what is one of the more realistic approaches to super heroes that I've ever seen in a movie. In most movies the protagonist, antagonist, and other characters inherit their powers and immediately it becomes a black and white scenario of good and evil. What makes Sparks stand out in my book is the fact that the line between the two is crossed several times, and ultimately blurred as you watch Sparks battle not only his enemies, but himself. You get to witness a "hero" have a fall from grace, taking part in acts of treachery and revenge, and several other gifted individuals use their abilities in other advantageous ways other than saving a cat from a tree and fulfilling the stereotypical role of a hero as we have come to see it in todays society. You get heroes whom one minute you want to have their collective butts kicked, and the next moment you are rooting for them. This emotional shift also applies to the antagonists in the film such as Jason Driver (played by David Sobolov), who you watch go from a despicable criminal ring leader, to a vengeful man whom, much like the character Sparks (played by Chase Williamson) has been deceived and as a result loses everything they once held dear. Which leads the audience members wishing nothing short of seeing Archer (played by Clancy Brown) suffer. The only faults with the movie lie in it's misuse of a few elements that didn't exist in the 1940's, and the overuse of a few particular scenes.Read more ›
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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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I loved this movie which is based on the graphic novel which is mind blowing and stands on its own, because it literally brings a unique richness to storytelling, and it does make for a perfect companion to "Sparks the Movie," building on relationships of the characters in a film noir 1940s setting. I've decided to give this graphic novel a read after having seen the movie. Overall, I am having a difficult time deciding which I enjoyed more, the graphic novel or the movie? Which of course is a great thing because they both compliment each other very well. I hope there is a sequel in the works for both the graphic novel and the movie.
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This doesn't have big hollywood special effects, but it has what's missing in a lot of hollywood action films: an actual story and plot. It's a film noir super-hero movie, with lots of dark murky tones.

The acting is overall, pretty good, everyone does what they need to do to move the story forward. The effects are just good enough to do the job, but you can tell that they saved a lot of budget here. But I'd rather have a movie like this, where it's obvious everyone involved really worked on it and loved it.

Not saying that this is guardians of the Galaxy, but that this a great example of low budget movie making. I'd love to see more things like this, so we have more creativity. Certainly this movie has a different feel than all the marvel movies (which I love). It's nice to see someone trying to do their own thing.
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Graphic novels are perfect source material for film making; they feel like storyboards, after all. While reading the Graphic novel this movie was based on I knew it had to become a film. The noir sensibility was spot on; dark, red and shocking dread. I needed to see it on "film". There is always some trepidation when someone translates from a comic book (or any book) to the screen. So, with my expectations deliberately held in check, I went to the screening... Boom! Man, I was so happy with what the director(s) did. No spoilers here, but if you read the novel (which I highly recommend) you won't be disappointed. Ashley Bell is beautiful and perfect for her role. Bil Katt is spot on and tough. Chase Williamson is the only person who could have balanced the title character's role. What can you say about Clancy Brown? Any movie he's in automatically jumps up several notches in my book. Note to the film's makers: Thanks for not screwing up the book! Job well done.
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