Recreator (2012) (aka: Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles) starring Stella Maeve, Alexander Nifong, J. Mallory McCree, John de Lancie directed by Gregory Orr Movie Review

Recreator (2012)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Stella Maeve in Recreator (2012) (aka: Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles)

A Clone War

Having gone to a remote island for a camping trip, friends Tracy (Stella Maeve), Craig (Alexander Nifong) and Derek (J. Mallory McCree) take shelter in a vacant looking home when the weather takes a turn for the worse. What they don't realise is that the abandoned house is in fact a laboratory and they have triggered an experiment which sees all three of them being cloned. But their clones are genetically modified and superior to them making it impossible for them to beat them. Their only hope is to find the scientist behind the experiment to unlock a way to escape the island with their lives.

I've mentioned it before but when it comes to sci-fi/horror b-movie their enjoyment isn't just in the story or the special effects but also in its tone. You see when a movie doesn't stand a chance of being memorably good then being aware of the cheesy side of things and embracing the daftness works in its favour. And that is why "Recreator" works as it embraces the humour which is naturally there and even adds to making it more of a comical experience rather than an out and out horror movie.

The thing is that "Recreator" with a bit more time and money could have been a full on horror with its idea of an automated lab creating genetically enhanced clones of those whose DNA it collects through the drains and waste pipes. It has the potential to become a real horror situation as we have people not only having to deal with what has happened but also dealing with these clones who look just like them but are almost super human. Yes you can foresee where it could go with some confusion and mistrust of who is who but the idea is entertaining enough.

But as I said "Recreator" taps the humour stream from meeting the clones sitting naked on the decking outside the building to the character types themselves. In fact are mixed trio whilst seeming generic stereotypes work well for a movie which focuses on the fun of the storyline rather than just the horror.

What this all boils down to is that "Recreator" ends up some sci-fi/horror fun which isn't going to set the world alight or be hugely memorable. But as some late night fun with the focus on the fun it works.