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  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2014
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 13, 2014
    60
    The scrappy superhero-noir indie Sparks busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Mar 11, 2014
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    This comic noir is best when it's more comic, in both senses of the word.
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  1. Jun 11, 2015
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    Cast: Chase Williamson, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown, Clint Howard, Jake Busey, William Katt

    Director: Christopher Folino, Todd Burrows
    Cast: Chase Williamson, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown, Clint Howard, Jake Busey, William Katt

    Director: Christopher Folino, Todd Burrows

    Genre: Action/Adventure

    Year: 2014

    Rating: NR

    After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group known as The Rochester 13 gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson, John Dies at the End) doesn’t feel remotely super… but after his parents’ death, he throws himself into battle against the criminals plaguing the mean streets of New York. Teaming up with, and falling hard for, the beautiful Lady Heavenly (Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism I & II), the unstoppable duo quickly decimates the city’s army of thugs. But when they tangle with the nation’s most twisted arch-villain, they end up losing everything — including each other. Sparks’ rage-fueled quest for vengeance ignites a battle that will change the world and alter his destiny, forever.

    "Sparks" takes place in the 1940's. It tells the story of Ian Sparks, who loses both his parents in a tragic automobile accident when he is a child. Afterwards he vows to find those responsible so he becomes a superhero and calls himself Sparks.

    He decides to travel to the big city in hopes of meeting up with other superheroes where he finally meets Lady Heavenly,a tough but beautiful crime fighter. The two immediately hit it off but when they have a run in with the serial killer, Matanza something goes horribly wrong. Heavenly leaves Spark and it all sends him down a path a self destruction. But as fate would have it Sparks will soon get another chance to redeem himself, but is he ready to face the challenge?

    "sparks" is a low budget superhero film from Writer/Director, Christopher Folino. Christopher adapted the film to screen from his very own Graphic Novel and the result is a true delight. The story is told in flashbacks by Sparks himself as he recounts to police what has happened. I know a lot people are not fan's of narrative but I really enjoy it and it never seemed out of place here.

    I already pointed out that the film was done on a very small budget but to me it only added to the over-all feel and charm of the story. I really loved the combination of the comic and noir looks, it looked amazing and really helped in creating the right atmosphere. The acting is another plus here, Chase Williamson is fantastic as Sparks and Ashley Bell jumps off the screen as Lady Heavenly. The supporting cast did a fantastic job as well including Jake Busey and William Katt.

    I like my superhero movies with a bit of style and grit which is why I am not that big a fan of today's big budget jobs. It is also the reason I like "Sparks" as much as I did. This is an origin story and it does a great job telling Sparks' story from a child to where he is as the film ends. I really hope they continue with this because the possibilities are endless. I would welcome a second and even third film with open arms. I also recommend reading the Novel as well when you get the chance because this is some good stuff. I had a great time with Sparks and think everyone else will as well. Available on DVD with Special Features that include:

    Making Of

    Outtakes

    Audio Commentary

    Released by RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment
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