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Overtime (2012)

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Overtime (2012)Starring Al Snow, John Wells, Sebrina Siegel, Erica Goldsmith

Written and directed by Brian Cunningham and Matt Niehoff

Distributed by ThoughtFly Studios


Overtime: The Movie is the first major release for Louisville filmmakers Matt Niehoff and Brian Cunningham. The film was first brought into the spotlight when it premiered at the Fright Night Film Festival, where it won eight different awards including best actor, best actress, best cinematography and best movie at the horror-themed event. Overtime will be coming soon to DVD, Blu-ray and Video-on-Demand, and we were lucky enough to check out the film firsthand. If you’re a fan of horror films with dark humor, you’ll want to read on to learn more about this upcoming release.

Overtime stars former ECW and WWE superstar Al Snow as a professional hitman named Raph. The company Raph works for tasks him with assassinating scumbags once his boss has gotten a big paycheck for acquitting the clients of their crimes. Oftentimes Raph finds himself having to choose between his job and spending time with his family. When Raph’s son is about to be celebrating his birthday, Raph and his partner, Max (John Wells), find themselves desperately trying to stop an alien invasion to save the world and make it back to the birthday party without ticking off the wife. Along the way the duo encounter plenty of strange characters, including a video game store employee that takes his job too seriously, a homeless man who will don anything for a drink and $50, and a crazy woman hell-bent on destroying the planet. The film blends together equal parts action, science fiction, horror and comedy so seems a bit random at times, but everything eventually comes together in the end for a fun ride that is well worth the price of admission.

Snow and Wells make a great on-screen duo that will remind viewers of all-time greats such as Riggs and Murtaugh from the Lethal Weapon series, Lee and Carter from the Rush Hour series or even more recently J and K from Men in Black 3. The two actors work perfectly together, feeding off each other’s charisma in perfect synergy just as you’d expect a former Tag Team Champion to operate. The film also has some nice performances from other characters including strong female roles from Raph’s wife and Max’s potential love interest(s) introduced later in the film. The film’s main enemies in the film are the half-alien, brain-craving, undead Zaliens, who provide excellent cannon fodder and comical moments as well as some pretty gross scenes of gore. Overtime isn’t the best horror movie ever, but it’s a release you’ll want to see for yourself, and gamers can stick around for the overtime credit rolls for another funny look at the commercial for the Xbox 720 video game system.

We don’t expect Overtime to be a best-seller or win any awards outside of the horror community, but the film is surprisingly fun considering it was almost entirely created by the two-man team of Niehoff and Cunningham. Overtime is in a genre all of its own, so plenty of fans can enjoy the laughs, scares and action the movie has to offer. It has been over two years in the making, but it has finally arrived and is worth the wait. Overtime is gory fun at its finest. Look for the film on New Year’s Day at Walmart, Blockbuster and other retailers nationwide!

Overtime is scheduled to release on DVD, Blu-ray and Video-on-Demand January 1, 2013. Overtime is not yet rated. For more information on the film, check out the official Overtime: The Movie website.

3 1/2 out of 5

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Amanda Dyar