Review: Alter Egos (2012)

Review: Alter Egos (2012)

A nice little low-budget piece about the life of your average super hero.

Being that Alter Egos is a movie about super heroes, it was only a matter of time before I gave in to my Netflix list and watched it.  Considering the movie looked like it was made on a budget in the tens-of-thousands, I was pretty happy with the end result.  The creators managed to turn out something that was interesting and funny and did it all by using only a handful of generic super hero costumes and about three sets.

The story takes place in a world where super heroes are pretty much everywhere.  Powers aren’t exclusive to one person, which is how the main character, Fridge, ends up with his super name - because all the other good ice-themed names have been taken.  Fridge is working with his X-ray capable friend, C-Thru, to bring in one of the meanest bad guys around - The Shrink.  The Shrink is no cut-rate villain, however.  He’s can use his mind to take people over and make them do whatever he wants and was at one point one of the biggest and baddest of bad guys in the world.

While dealing with these routine super hero problems, Fridge also tries to fix his love-life.  After discovering that his girlfriend is cheating on him with… well, with him while he’s in his Fridge costume, he decides to dump her.  He also meets a nice girl at the hotel where they’re holding The Shrink and tries to start up something new.  But, of course, things get complicated when Fridge discovers that The Shrink is not only the guy who killed his mother and father, but also happens to be his uncle.  Sound comic-bookish enough for you yet?

Though nothing spectacular, Alter Egos is still a fun little movie and the actors do a good job of working with what they have.  It’s not meant to be a great display of special effects, though what little they use look decent enough.  It is a cute look into the real dilemmas that super heroes face in their relationships.  If you want something quirky and low-key, check it out.