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‘Enhanced’ review: Sci-fi fit for SyFy

The can only be one.

Enhanced wants to make sure to draw in all types of science fiction fans. The plot draws from many tropes. The government is creating superhuman beings to use as weapons. Anna (Alanna Bale) is an escapee who is trying to live off the grid. After she uses her powers, an elite military squad is tasked to bring her in. Naturally, the head of the team George Shepherd (George Tchortov) is beginning to wonder if the enhanced humans are as evil as he has been told.

When the story is that familiar, that means it has to work extra hard to keep the audience interested. Once Enhanced introduces a big bad that requires an unlikely team up, it seems like it will become too generic. (As the poster unashamedly states “The hunter becomes the hunted.”) 

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Enhanced makes good use of its fight scenes. These are some of the film’s best and most fun moments. The story would have actually been better served if it leaned more into action instead of sci-fi. There is a fluidity to the battles that the rest of the film lacks. It is a shame there is so little time is spent on them.

The script resides in the purgatory that often hampers ambitious films. There is a lot to say, but little of it matters. Some of it is just cliché – mainly the morality of how the mutants are treated – while other parts are oddly underdeveloped – few of the characters have a meaningful backstory. In  the end, Enhanced becomes irrelevant. It is not actively bad, but it also does not seem to care if anyone notices it is there.

Enhanced releases March 26

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