What the hell did I watch? The trailer sold me one thing and I got a bag of flaming poop. Archenemy is a movie about a homeless man, Max Fist (Joe Manganiello), that claims to be a god-like being from another world. He says he is so powerful, he could punch a hole in reality. As a viewer, I thought I’d get to see him ascend to that former glory. Wrong!
I spent ninety minutes watching a kid named Hamster (Skylan Brooks) follow and record a homeless man. Mind you, he is violent, ill, and a drug addict. Animated scenes are intertwined throughout the story that explain Max’s past. This is clearly done to spend less of the budget because the world is entirely empty. Outside of armed goons, it seems like there is no population.
Hamster and his sister were poorly developed. Nothing they did made sense. The action was solid and Manganiello wasn’t bad, he just didn’t have much to work with. I felt like he was auditioning for the role of Wolverine. His dialogue lacked depth, it was mostly growls, and science fiction babble. Archenemy is its own worst enemy. I give it a 4.5 out of 10.