Directed by Eric Valette
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Super Hybrid doesn’t offer many surprises. It’s a killer car movie the likes of which we’ve seen before, albeit with a few twists. Lest anyone think the crew behind this one succeeded in putting a new spin on a woefully limited subgenre, kindly note that all ‘surprises’ are revealed by the end of the first act (with one as early as the very first scene), giving the duration nowhere left to go. Yes, the car can change makes/models on a whim. It’s also home to some kind of snake demon living just beneath the hood. Yup.
And that’s all there is. Competently made, despite direction that leaves a lot to be desired, there’s some fun in the car attack carnage. None of it is very scary or suspenseful, and even the best moments are often enhanced by some of the shoddiest CGI work imaginable. Director Eric Valette manages some reasonably strong car chases through the abandoned, multi-level garage in which our titular vehicle is confined, but it’s never enough to make up for the repetitious nature of the story. Car comes alive, chases around the trapped mechanics, kills a few of them and then retreats. Wash, rinse, repeat.
That there’s a monster living in the car might sound like enough reason to check this out. It’s not. The shapeless creature with a serpentine head is never convincing or effective enough to warrant a recommendation. And the filmmakers never use it to their advantage either. Aside from a laughable climax, the creature is a relative nonentity. So while there is is monster, it’s still a movie about a killer car. And it’s one that we’ve seen before. Only done better countless times elsewhere.
Credit Benjamin Carr’s script for fleshing out a main character worth a damn. It’s the only reason Super Hybrid maintains some interest at the beginning, although even that’s not enough to keep viewers invested in the action. Tilda (Shannon Beckner) is a struggling mechanic saddled with an oppressive cheapskate boss (Oded Fehr) and a deadbeat boyfriend, making her an easy sympathetic mark. The problem here is that nothing in the script grows beyond the first act. Once Fehr is established as a corner-cutting asshole, there’s nothing left for his character. True, he’s revealed to have a conscience at the end, but it’s too little too late. It’s worse in terms of the resident monster. The attack sequences are all shot/handled in exactly the same way so that the film blows its proverbial wad in the middle and serves up the same exact thing ad nausea afterwards.
There’s almost no reason to recommend Super Hybrid. Bad FX, familiar plotting and zero scares/suspense render this a total failure. Sure, it’s watchable, but why would anyone want to? Skip this and revisit the 70s classic The Car instead. It’s what evil drives, after all.
Super Hybrid hits DVD in a fairly reasonable standard definition presentation. There’s nothing outstanding about this transfer, but it’s a respectable viewing experience for those unwilling to splurge for Blu-ray. Anchor Bay also offers decent audio here that will give your speakers a strong workout for a glossy track.
The only extra on the disc is a thirty-minute making-of featurette. Not really worth the time as it’s basically a bunch of hot air. We just watched the movie. We know it’s not all that great so don’t waste my time telling me so.
This one’s just a waste of time, folks. Avoid it.
1 out of 5
1 out of 5