We’re all sinners right? But some sins are worse than others, some people are more evil than others and sometimes, no matter how much you regret something, it can’t change what has already happened. So what becomes of us when we are so tied to our past actions? Are we all destined to face retribution for our wrongdoings?
In Kingdom Come, a group of strangers are about to find out. They wake up in an abandoned hospital and find themselves being stalked by a sinister presence. As they begin to question the unusual coincidences that link their pasts, they start to realise that their past decisions will seal their fates forever.
So… we have the set up. The strangers are from various walks of life and all of them have very fuzzy memories and can’t remember how they got where they are. Eventually, we find out more about the characters through a series of flashbacks, and this premise is quite interesting at first, but drags on for too long, as half of the film involves these people running around the building, trying to find a way out. It all seems too familiar, with copy and paste characterisation and well worn and unoriginal dialogue. There are a few scary and gory moments along the way, but all in all, it all seems badly executed and thrown together without care.
As we get to the halfway point, the film takes a turn and we delve into some interesting Clive Barker-esque territory with some elements reminiscent of something from the first Silent Hill film. But just as you think that things might get interesting, all hopes are dashed by one of the most camp and ham acting performances ever committed to film. For the first five minutes or so, this is quite entertaining, but it soon becomes just plain annoying, especially towards the end when we are exposed to some extremely hokey religious moralising.
There are a couple of redeeming features to the film, such as the creepy sound design and the shadow covered setting, which do create a genuinely unnerving atmosphere and the concept of the film had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, these aspects are negated by poor execution and sloppy handling of dark subject matter.
Some people might enjoy Kingdom Come as a piece of pure entertainment, but personally I couldn’t help but think that the idea of these types of films was to make us feel that the characters on screen had gone through a gruelling, torturous process… not ourselves.
2.5 / 5
KINGDOM COME is directed by Greg A.Sager and is available now courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment.