After the fifth war, the crime rate rises over five hundred percent. Law enforcement is replaced by xenobites: psychotic demons that execute justice in deadly ways. Icarus Van Clader, a private investigator and former criminal in the underworld, is hired to retrieve a mysterious tape that puts him at war with xenobites and the Yakuza.
Directed by: Michael Fredianelli
. Starring: Michael Fredianelli
, Kevin Giffin
, Jana Ireton
, Michael Nosé
, Henry Lee
, Anthony Spears
, Shai Wilson
, James Soderborg
, E.C. Andersen
, James Z. Feng
, Ronald Nosé
, Brian Marquez
, Edronda Guiriba
. Music by: Aaron Stielstra
After taking a shot at the romantic comedy sub-genre, prolific indie filmmaker Michael Fredianelli returns to familiar territory. His newest film is 'Xenobites'; a beautifully shot Sci-Fi actioneer with plenty of thrills. Above all, the film serves as an excellent semi-parody of noirish 1980s post apocalyptic action films. Some of the best parts of the movie relate to its excellent use of dark comic book like humor, "Jackass" stunts, and documentary style filming.
Though the film has drawn comparisons to 'Sin City' for its look and atmosphere, Robert Rodriguez (with all his green screens and computer wizardry) has nothing on Fredianelli; a director who has enough balls to squib stunt men, set things on fire, and jump off rooftops (all on a shoestring budget).
Of particular interest is the film's cartoonish Yakuza themed subplot. While there clearly isn't an infinite supply of Japanese actors in San Jose, Henry Lee's performance as the sinister Ken Yoshihara is one of the film's highlights. Though he may not speak 100% Yakuza Japanese, he performs his lines with great finesse.
Fredianelli is great as the treacherous crook turned Philip Marlowe; an injury prone private eye with a speech impediment. Besides having a really cool Dutch last name, the detective wastes bad guys left and right and participates in a shootout that is as much 'Hard-Boiled' as it is 'Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia'.
Aaron Stielstra provides some fine original music and Michael Nosé excels as the film's cinematographer. The rest of the cast is also fun to watch; Kevin Giffin is great as the sadistic Italian mobster and Jana Ireton provides some good comic relief (in addition to being really really hot).
All in all, a solid Wild Dogs production and one of Fredianelli's best films to date.
Review by Pycal from the Internet Movie Database.