“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Atomic Dog (1998)
How bad is it? It doesn't know what it wants to be and fails at everything. Should you see it? No, though it's almost so bad it's funny.
Brian Trenchard-Smith has directed a lot of junk, some of which I've reviewed. This time around, he tries for a family friendly "Cujo!" A family finds that two of their puppies are the spawn of an irradiated dog that now has superpowers and super-intelligence and wants them back. It turns out that it's for the family's good, though, as one of the pups is violent and the parent's trying to save them. There's a weird almost E.T.-like twist at the end. It's too nasty for little kids, who it appears is the intended audience, and just too stupid for anyone else.