Movie Review: “Training” veterans to hunt humans in “The Stalking Fields”

It’s called “The Most Dangerous Game” and it is the most overused, beaten-to-death thriller plot of all.

I’ve reviewed scores of these “Man…is the most DANGEROUS game” to hunt thrillers. And I’m wholly prepared to call this heartless, pulse-free corpse about creating corpses “The Stalking Fields” the worst of the lot.

Let me cut to the chase to save you all of the “What the hell is this all about?” muddling and muttering I had to do trying to make sense of the scatterbrained, nonsensical opening act.

There’s this company, AmaCorp, that’s going out, researching and kidnapping Americans with police records or bad tendencies, and then setting them loose to be hunted by disturbed government killers of the SEAL/Special Forces variety.

Cut the doomed loose in “The Stalking Fields,” send a team out to lead our mentally broken (PTSD) assassins back into the fold by generating an easy “kill” or two.

The one mass shooter/super-soldier (Sean Crampton) is a guy the government really wants back.

“Doing good doesn’t feel good any more,” he confesses. But let the Col. in the field (Richard O. Ryan) and the amoral Israeli designer of the program (Rachael Markarian) have a go at him. Round up some not-quite-randoms.

Kill some not-so-innocent “innocents” and he’ll Woodman will be as good as new.

The plot points are common to the modern version of this century-old genre. Yes, the victims are trapped in a fixed “game.”

The sets are a forest, and plastic-sheets hung on walls meant to simulate the “base” all this murderous nonsense is planned from. There are middling murders and a cliched flashback or two.

Terrible movie, dull and heartless and drably-acted by actors whose agents have no souls, the proof being they “booked” the poor players for this unthrilling thriller about hunting humans, “the most dangerous game.”

Rating: unrated, violence, profanity

Cast: Sean Crampton, Taylor Kalupa, Rachael Markarian, Adam J. Harrington, Ryan Marsico, Kevin Pasdon, Richard O. Ryan, Nora Garrett

Credits: Directed by Ric Maddox, scripted by Sean Crampton, Jordan Wiseley. A Gravitas release.

Running time: 1:29

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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