Directed By: Ryan Nicholson
Written By: Ryan Nicholson and Roy Nicholson
Starring: Kevan Ohtsji, Taayla Markell, Stephen Chang, Rob Scattergood, Lee Tichon, Caroline Chojnacki, Ashley Schappert,
Runtime: 77 minutes
Five young adults, vacationing in a foreign city, visit a bar and manage to insult an Asian kingpin. A local guy intervenes, attempting to calm the situation but, the leader and his gang are not satisfied. The group ends up at a shady porno theater, becoming trapped inside by the gang. They soon discover they are being monitored by video cameras and their vacation is about to become hell.
The acting skill portrayed in this film is relatively sporadic. I found the kingpin's acting to be greatly exaggerated though it counterbalanced the lack of skill demonstrated from the supporting cast. There were times where I enjoyed and laughed at this film. Other times, I'd roll my eyes and almost face palm myself. The porno theater was definitely a character and was a perfect setting for the movie. Nicholson scouted well. I don't think there could be a location better than this. It made you feel dingy and gross. It was dark and brooding. It was haunting. The stench was conveyed visually and I wouldn't walk in there without wearing a rubber.
The fight scenes were humorous but, in a good way. It felt campy at times but this did not take away from the movie. Being a low budget film you can only do so much with so little. The fight scenes in this film are a perfect example of that rule.
Not all is bad, though. There are some good gore scenes and nudity. This film will go on to be something Nicholson becomes known for. The blood is over the top and fun, satisfying my inner bloodhound. Nicholson is rooted in FX which clearly dominates his films and the pride he takes in his work shines through in Live Feed. The deaths were not over the top and the copious amounts of blood made them look fucking awesome.
I also recommend watching the DVD extras. They give insight into the work put into the making of this film, you'll adopt a sense of who Ryan Nicholson is, and they definitely influenced how much I appreciated the movie as a whole.
I've given this rating to be fair to our readers. If it was just me reviewing the movie for myself, I'd have graded higher. However, the acting drags it down and the low budget fight/gun scenes will turn some people off. It takes a special type of person to truly enjoy movies like this. Believe me, we exist! If you can overlook the bad acting, the cheesy fight scenes, and appreciate all the hard work, effort and heart put in, this movie is for you. On a personal note; I am a fan of Ryan Nicholson and really enjoyed this movie. I own most of his films and will always give a watch to what he puts out.