Low Budget Superheroes VS. Eric Roberts in SURGE OF POWER: REVENGE OF THE SEQUEL

I saw the above picture and raised my hand immediately to volunteer to review this film. Eric Roberts, alone, had me sold. In fact, ever since I began listening to our very own Doug Tilley‘s podcast Eric Roberts is the Man (formerly with a nice F-bomb in the title until the iTunes censors forced him to “get the F out”), I’ve sought out some of Mr. Robert’s weirdo lower budget fare. So this once seemed up my alley:

Creator Vincent J. Roth returns to the cape-clad title role of Surge, cinema’s first out gay superhero. Roth is joined by a star-studded cast representing the forces of good and evil including “Star Trek” alums Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo, comedian Bruce Vilanch, “SuperFriends!” Shannon Farnon, Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, The Exorcist’s Linda Blair, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” star Gil Gerard and the original Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno. The award-winning film has screened at festivals and conventions across the globe, taking home prizes for Best Comedy, Best Villain, Best Special Effects and Most Inspirational Lead Character…

Surge’s nemesis, the Metal Master, is out of jail and trying to reconcile with his estranged parents (Blair, Gerard) and tempted to continue a life of crime by Augur (Roberts), archnemesis of the wise Omen (Nichols, Picardo). Augur sends Metal Master to Las Vegas for mysterious crystals. Needing more crime fighting help, Surge activates the artificial intelligence in the Surgemobile (Vilanch, Farnon). Augur emerges from the shadows back in Big City, causing Omen to step into the fray, which alerts The Council, a supervillain cabal bent on world domination. Facing more enemies than ever before, Surge must do whatever it takes to save mankind.

I will admit now, however, that I was really unprepared. Make no mistake, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel is not what anyone would call a “good” movie. It’s obviously cheaply made, the script is filled with awkward dialogue, and there are many holes in the plot. But, really… who cares? This movie is a ton of fun.

If you like your films cheesy and fun, this is for you. If you like your films campy and sincere, this is for you. Cheesy films are always better when they avoid the wink at the audience and this one feels completely honest and wink-free.

I watched this one with a glass of beer and a big smile on my face; I recommend you do the same. In fact, I’m pretty sure Mr. Roberts performed most of his scenes with at least a beer or 3 – and a puff or 5 – in his system. But again… who cares? Drunk, high, or just giving a really offbeat performance, Eric Roberts is a ton of fun in this one, as are all of the main players and fun cameos.

The film is open in Los Angeles right now and opens in NYC this weekend. Do yourself a favor and find yourself a place to experience this SURGE OF POWER! Zapuva, indeed.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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