Defective takes place in the near future, where a cooperation known as the S.E.A. have begun replacing the U.S.A.’s justice system with their own in several states. Using armored soldiers known as “Preservers of Peace” crime rates drop significantly over the years. However, the S.E.A. soon turn their protected states into totalitarian systems ruled with an iron fist. Citizens are under constant surveillance and given warnings whenever they fail to meet the S.E.A.’s standards. Multiple warnings result in a person being labeled as “Defective”, usually resulting in immediate execution. Rhett Murphey (Colin Paradine) and his estranged sister Jean (Raven Cousens) soon find themselves caught up in a conflict between the S.E.A. and a very small resistance group — yet everything and everyone is not what they appear to be, with Rhett and Jean discovering the S.E.A.’s dark secrets.
Defective completely skips the S.E.A.’s rise to power, such as showing how the cooperation gained the people’s support by ridding the cities of active crime. It jumps right to when things are becoming a real Orwellian dystopia. This would bother me if Defective was meant to be a social science fiction commentary. Yet Defective isn’t a thinker film, it’s a gratuitous action flick meant to mindlessly entertain. Trying to think here will merely result in mental frustration, particularly towards the S.E.A. and their incredibly incompetent structure.
The S.E.A.’s armored soldiers make Star Wars’ Storm Troopers look wildly competent. At first, I thought these soldiers were robots until Jean takes one out with nothing more than a frying pan. What is the point of hi-tech armor if a frail woman with a kitchen utensil can knock you out? Rhett easily shoots and kills two sluggishly advancing, guns lowered soldiers, while a soldier firing at point-blank range is barely able to graze Jean. It’s a miracle these guys were ever able to drop the crime rate, let alone stop a pickpocketer (especially if they were armed with a frying pan). Multiple branches of the S.E.A. end up acting on their own accord while flat-out ignoring their superior’s orders.
To be fair, one S.E.A. member turns out to be a double agent. Unfortunately, she looks near-identical to the only other significant female antagonist. Throughout the film, I got very confused over which female had which agenda. From a designing point of view, why would you ever give both pale skinned, black haired, similar-aged female antagonists ponytails?
Defective’s saving grace is its action sequences; they seek to be as over-the-top as possible within the film’s limited budget. There is over-the-top blood, gore, fatalities, swearing, and plot twists. Such excessiveness, combined with the film’s campy action sequences, gives the film an amusing charm that makes it fun and entertaining to sit through. It’s a good thing too since Defective’s cast is fairly lackluster, they barely fulfill their stock character roles while adding little more to the persona. The only exception is Dennis Andres, who looks like he’s having a fun time and adds a clownish cockiness to his character Pierce Felton.
Defective Overall: 3/5
Defective is a take it or leave it deal. If you’re looking for a complex storyline with well-written characters, Defective isn’t for you. Yet if you enjoy campy B movie entertainment with an over-the-top usage of swearing, blood, and gore, then Defective will provide a fun popcorn flick.
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