You can’t ask for better promotion than having the words “From the Creator of ‘CSI'” gracing the cover of your DVD. That tagline alone gives credibility to any project and guarantees it will be considered by audiences looking for something new to watch as they thumb through movie titles at the local Redbox or DVD rental store. The real question is, “Can ‘Cybergeddon’ deliver on the promise of quality it prominently shouts at you from its box art?”
Keyboard and desk jockey Chloe Jocelyn (Missy Peregrym) settles down into an office job for the FBI after capturing cyber-terrorist Gustav Dobreff (Olivier Martinez) and imprisoning him. Chloe is knocked out of her comfort zone when she’s framed for a series of international digital attacks. Forced to make a run for it, Chloe recruits a hacker (Kick Gurry) she put in prison to help clear her name and track down Gustav, who she believes is committing the cyber-crimes using her as a patsy.
“Cybergeddon” was originally an online series split into several ten minute webisodes. Strangely, I couldn’t really tell. If anything, it came across as a failed TV-pilot or the first entry in a planned series of TV-movies tailor-made for the SyFy Channel, TNT, or Lifetime. It’s not bad and keeps you entertained, but doesn’t hold the qualities needed to merit a theatrical release.
Missy Peregrym is suitable as FBI Agent Chloe Jocelyn. She’s believable as both a physically active and pencil-pushing operative of a government agency. She can handle herself both behind a desk in high-heels and a business suit and in a tank-top, jeans, and combat boots. Olivier Martinez gets to participate in a little hand-to-hand combat as well, but is mostly wasted giving orders behind a computer screen throughout the entire film. Most people will recognize Martinez from his latest role on the TV series “Revenge” and as the foreign love interest of Diane Lane in “Unfaithful.”
There are some things about “Cybergeddon” that rub me the wrong way. The first one being it feels like a giant commercial for Norton Anti-virus. Norton and Symantec logos are strewn throughout the film. Although a lot of what was shared in regards to online security was useful and true, I started to feel like I was watching a late-night infomercial after a while.
Another complaint is how unbelievable “Cybergeddon” is in some parts. The scene that bothered me the most was when the FBI locks Chloe in an interrogation room after taking her into custody for cyber-terrorism. They leave her in the room with a cell phone after questioning her. She hacks the security systems of the building and escapes. Yeah, right! The FBI would leave a suspect with computer capabilities in a room with her cell phone? I don’t think so!
“Cybergeddon” is rated PG-13 for some violence and language. Most of the violence is action-oriented with a little bloodshed. The obscenities are what I remember as being the main reason for the rating. If you’re used to network television shows, there’s nothing here that should shock you.
I guess I should answer the question posted earlier. Does “Cybergeddon” live up to the “From the Creator of ‘CSI'” unspoken stamp of approval it holds on its DVD cover? I would say probably not. “CSI” is a show held in such high esteem that I can’t imagine its audience accepting this pedestrian entry into the world of action/thrillers as anything more than a way to pass the time while hanging out with the family on the weekend or getting work of some kind done.
“Cybergeddon” is available now on DVD and as a Digital Download.
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