Reviews for Release the McCrackin

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4/5 Stars

Spoofing the high-stakes gravity of the spy action thriller could be shooting fish in a barrel, but in the hands of the Accidental Humour theatre troupe, it feels fresh, intelligent and thoroughly fun. Likewise, the extensive use of large TV screens projecting backgrounds, short films as “flashbacks” and whacky sound effects could easily come off as gimmicky, but in the hands of these pros, these multimedia elements are fully integrated into what is obviously an oft-rehearsed, expertly choreographed routine that pulls the viewer in and doesn’t let go until the very end.

~Jim Cuming of Vue Weekly Magazine

 

3/5 Stars

If the world yet needs more parody of cheeseball ’80s action movies, I missed the memo. And revelations of the villain as the protagonist’s father were actually old even by the time The Empire Strikes Back came out in 1980. From numerous angles, this occasionally funny action comedy is a bit of an underwear pancake. And yet, and yet …

There is so much energy, choreography and technical wizardry in this dork odyssey that it’s absolutely worth running to the southeast orbit of the Fringe map.

As long as there’s been film, mixed-media productions were there — live sound effects, music and even smoke were used to augment silent film. But as celluloid evolved into a completely portable package, the element of living theatre disappeared. And that’s what’s so wonderful about Release the McCrackin: the seamless fusion of live action and what’s happening on three screens actually bursts into incredible sleight-of-hand territory, with well-placed props grabbed at just the right moment, conversations recorded and made real.

The oak-hard archetypical acting and plot — amnesia, bad guys, former trainers, a missing son — is completely inconsequential compared to fight scenes that move from screen to stage and screen again. And the car chase against a 64-bit background is worth the ticket alone.

And, OK, sometimes it’s actually funny, an onscreen mime literally disappearing down the screen as if on an elevator, for example, or a MacGyver heavy-power-tools montage used to create a passport.

The third in a trilogy, is this the end of McCrackin? Does it matter? No. Only the impressive technical magic lingers, and more of this, please!

~Fish Griwkowsky of Edmonton Journal

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