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Play Dead (2009)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | Video 22 September 2009
In small town Nevada, a former TV action hero (Klein) runs afoul of drug dealers and a covered-up murder, inspiring him to round up his old co-stars to save the terrorized townspeople.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Klein ... Ronnie Reno
Fred Durst ... Ledge
Jake Busey ... Merle Jones
Michael Beach ... Devon
Paul Francis ... Ray Jones
Timothy Ryan Hensel Timothy Ryan Hensel ... Dickford Jones
Tim Arnold Tim Arnold ... Sigh
Richard Riehle ... Truck Driver
James Koetting James Koetting ... Sheriff
Lisa Lenes Lisa Lenes ... Ms. Stoner
Justin Spraggins ... Actor
Ruth Mills Ruth Mills ... Hostess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sasha Alexander ... Carolanne
Kate Ascott-Evans ... Molly
Annabelle Bitterman Annabelle Bitterman ... Blue
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Ronnie Reno (Klein) is a former TV action hero in dire need of a comeback. On his way back from a failed audition he winds up snowbound in a remote Nevada town run by scary meth dealers, including Merle (Busey), and their henchman (Durst). When he finds the body of a dead FBI agent there, life imitates Reno's art as he is forced to reunite with his former co-stars, including Devon (Beach), to save himself and the terrorized townsfolk. Written by anonymous

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ton ithelan nekro See more »

Filming Locations:

Ely, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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References The A-Team (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Same Ole Thing
Written by Christopher Lani and Jason Hodel
Performed by Maggie's Midnight Ramblers
Recorded live at Maggie's Lounge - Ely, NV
Courtesy of Christopher Lani
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Nothing outstanding, but not as bad as all that.
13 October 2009 | by HeislegendSee all my reviews

If you're like me, the mix of Chris Klein, Jake Busey, and Fred Durst doesn't exactly spell success. As such, I popped this movie in with few expectations. What I got was a bit of a pleasant surprise, but not much of one. That being said, after I saw the laugh-out-loud awful performance of Chris Klein in Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun Li, I had pretty much counted him out for good. So I suppose it's always good to see someone get back up and at least dust themselves off.

The premise of the film is pretty basic. A washed up TV actor (Klein) falls on a streak of bad (really bad) luck and gets stranded in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Problem is that the town is basically run by a small group of guys running drugs, so it's up to Klein and his old TV show buddies to save the day. That's all fine and good, but it's basically the same plot from Three Amigos and, let's face it, there's little chance anyone will ever do a movie similar to that and do it better. But, with that in mind, it's not too bad. Fred Durst does a good job as the (perhaps appropriately cast) idiot and everyone seems like a total doofus with the exception of Klein and the main antagonist. There really isn't a whole lot of action here so I'm not sure why that's listed as the primary genre, and the comedy isn't so much laugh-out-loud as it is the kind that will give you a chuckle and make you say "What the...?".

All in all it's not bad...I certainly don't think it deserves it's current 2.9 rating. It's not great but you've seen far worse. But then again that's just me. I'd say it's not a bad way to waste an hour and a half.


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