Wild Eye Releasing announced this past week that writer/director Mike Reeping’s mixed-genre futuristic thriller, Active Shooters, will be making its DVD debut on May 10.
In the not-too-distant future a major city has descended into a state of anarchy, driven by corruption and greed. Gangs rule the streets and virtually no one in authority — in our unnamed metropolis — can be trusted, including those employed to “serve and protect.”
That’s your set-up … the remnants of civilization are there, but things on the street are rapidly devolving into chaos. So how does one go about bringing down the “Mr. Big” that is profiting from all of this? Simple, fight chaos with chaos of course!
Imagine Blade Runner, but only with a dimmer view of the future, but not quite to the point of New York City as envisioned by John Carpenter back in 1981 with Escape from New York. Clearly, filmmaker Mike Reeping knows these legendary cityscapes quite well as they are the inspiration for the creation of his dystopian metropolis.
It is here that we are introduced to four seedy brothers (scruffy musketeers, if you will), who are the equivalent of the “Orphans” from The Warriors. So low in the pecking order of things that no respectable gang would have them as members, which makes them the perfect recruits to uncover the identity of who is behind all of the drugs, the murders and the corruption.
The brothers are Jayson (Tom Reeping), Elliot (Jesse-Lee Lafferty), Jesse (played by director Mike Reeping) and the mysterious Eddie, who fancies himself a ninja. They are perfect; unlikely to be moles … and they are expendable.
Dealt the same fate as Snake Plissken (Escape from New York), the four brothers are injected with bio time bombs and given their assignment (an assignment with no restrictions) and then it is tick, tick, tick … solve the mystery or die!
The production values in Active Shooters belie the budget as filmmaker Mike Reeping cleverly uses green screen and composite shots that have been seamlessly blended in post-production — the future is not pretty, but it is very detailed!
An excellent example of this creative filmmaking is the alluring KateLynn Newberry (Meltdown, Rachel's 9th Inning, etc.), who has been “replicated” again and again as a robot hooker (think: Daryl Hannah as Pris from Blade Runner) who figures prominently in the story.