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Dead Heist

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Action/Horror NR.In a city not too far away, four petty thieves, working on a tip from an uncle in prison, decide to rob a small town banking depot. The job, which seems easy enough, could net them several million dollars and get them off of the street corners for good. Hustle (E-40), an underground entrepreneur, agrees to bankroll the job under the condition that the four thieves bring along Jackson (D.J. Naylor), a former military vet/ex-con who works for Hustle, to make sure the job goes smoothly. Unbeknownst to Jackson, the thieves decide to abort the plan and rob the bank prematurely. As the new-found plan starts to unravel, the bank robbers take notice of highly, unusual behavior. Upon sunset, the small town becomes overrun by infected “people” that come out at night to feed, thus trapping the thieves inside the bank. The survivors are joined by the mysterious Hunter (Big Daddy Kane). I found this to be an interesting concept going off the cover, You have a group of thugs who plan on robbing a bank only later having to fight off what is a cross between a zombie and a vampire, plus I thought the cover was rather cool so it all peaked my interest before even watching it. First off the acting here is average, some are better than others which is to be expecting from some rappers turned actors. I felt D.J. Naylor did the best over-all acting job in the movie but fans of Urban music will find it cool as well to see Big Daddy Kane on the screen. The direction isn't half bad either considering it's Bo Webb's first job behind the camera, he set a good pace for the film and never lets the viewer become bored. The make-up work is pretty damn good for a low-budget effort and the gore level is enough to keep fans of the genre happy. This film has a cross over appeal with the Urban crowd mixed with those that love zombie films or horror in general. There's nothing great or ground-breaking here but I did find the film to be entertaining at least and think those looking for something different as far as horror goes will enjoy this film as well. The DVD comes with bonus features that include:

Deleted Scenes

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Released by First Look Home Entertainment. *** 1/2 Out Of *****