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In a future not too far away, Steve Battier, an elderly, terminally ill multi-millionaire, accepts the offer of a company - RPG - that in exchange for a high monetary sum, provides a very select group of clientèle the chance to be young again. For 10 hours, 10 millionaires from around the world, men and women of fame and power, are transferred to attractive and healthy younger bodies, to live in a world of temporary rejuvenation, in a game of real thrills, where every hour someone must die. After returning to the body of a man of 23 years, enjoying the pleasures of sex, and experiencing the adrenaline of violence and power over life and death, Steve is willing to do anything to stay young forever... But what we may have experienced is not always what appears to be.
"RPG" takes place in the near future. The film did not have a big budget so there aren't major special effects used besides the floating car at the beginning of the film and at the end. The synopsis above is about all you need to know before watching the film but I assume many will think of this as a rip-off of several other films like "The Hunger Games" which is a fair assumption but it does bring some of its own ideas to the table as well.
I liked the story on paper but for whatever reasons the filmmakers could not quite pull it off. I suppose the budget and the script had a lot to do with it but I did find the film to some what enjoyable. One reason for liking it is Rutger Hauer but the down side of that is you really do not get to see much of him in the film. The other reason is the film does a good job at keeping you and the characters guessing who each one really is. There is a good bit of mystery and sci-fi going on but in the end I felt the film could of been so much better with a bit more TLC. Acting wise I thought the entire cast did a good job all things considered, the film could of used a lot more Hauer though. And finally production wise it is all pretty simple but I thought the filmmakers did a good job with the limited resources they had to work with.
Available now on DVD, you can order it HERE.
I recommend this to anyone that likes Hauer or Sci-fi films in general. It is not a great film but I think there is enough good things happened to warrant at least a rental.
Released by ARC Entertainment
** 3/4 Out Of *****