In typical genre blindness the zombies are referred to as walkers. However, they are actually decomposing! It is good to see proper zombies, shuffling along - though the longer they are around the faster and more aggressive they become.
The film established a certain infamy due to a subplot with David Carradine ( Kill Bill ), as a hermit in one of his final appearances. Unfortunately this infamy involves a pre-release copy being pirated on the internet, which means that most on-line reviews are negative because the reviewers saw the unfinished version!
Eli's mission is to take the King James Version across the USA without showing it to anyone. After thirty years he is still at it, while most people could have got there in about three. That said, he reads more of it every day.
By strange coincidence, the town that Eli wanders into is run by Gary Oldman ( Lost In Space ), who wants a copy of the Bible for himself. It seems that all the Bibles in the USA were destroyed by the survivors, who blamed it for the war. There must be some truth in the accusation, since the KJV is the most widely printed book in the English language!
The stranger wanders into town, befriends a gorgeous young female who has family links to the local leader ... Yes, a bit like the storyline to Avatar . The truth is, this whole thing is quite generic. The fight scenes are impressive, but get more and more overblown as the villains throw ever more firepower at the apparently unkillable action hero.
The film's theme is Faith. But due to the nature of the McGuffin, this is all a bit blatant. Nothing like the subtlety of Shawshank Redemption , for example. Given the fact that the survivors blamed the Bible enough to deliberately abolish it, and the vast amount of bloodshed it has caused during Eli's walk ... was it really worth it? Especially in a world where almost everyone is illiterate!
Mila Kunis gets to do more than most girls in action movies do - for example, this would pass the Bechtel test. Ray Stevenson ( Rome ) and Jennifer Beals round out the excellent cast as Oldman's henchman and blind moll respectively, while Michael Gough ( Harry Potter ) and Frances De La Tour have cameos as OAP survivalists.
This was written and directed by a single person, which is never a good sign. There are five speaking roles, while there are forty stunt players and fifty background artists as zombies. Obviously the focus is on the violence, although the action scenes are choppy and close-up. Combined with the fact that Rick from The Walking Dead would have wiped the zombies out a lot quicker, it is all a bit unsatisfying.
In all fairness, the best bit is probably the father-daughter relationship. Somehow he lacks the basic skills of a parent, since he alienates both his offspring and the girl's mother. Almost as if he is meant to be a step-father instead of an actual dad.
Small-Town Sheriff Timothy Olyphant ( Die Hard 4.0 ) discovers that folks in his town are acting strangely ... then turning homicidal. The suspense is ramped up when it turns out a government plane has contaminated the water supply, and the whole town has been infected with something terrible.
When the military seals off the town, the Sheriff escapes to save his wife, Doctor Radha Mitchell . And bloodshed ensues!
The film is American Jedi versus Fast Zombies, which would have been a great tag line (copyright notwithstanding) and works well as a one-line review. It's far above average as zombie films go - Romero didn't direct, but he produced it, and it works much better than expected. There's great character development, the acting is spot-on, and cliches are actually avoided! Well, mostly ...
This is basically a B-movie with an overblown SPFX budget. Once infected, a zombie's face grows prosthetic splotches like something from Evil Dead , and there's a lot of CGI used when zombies are killed. The shaky camerawork doesn't really add much to the plot.
Ethan Hawke ( Gattaca ) is a scientist working on a synthetic blood substitute. He only drinks pigs blood, though nobody has thought of mass-marketing this as a substitute. Human blood is running out, and starving vamps are degrading into full-blown Sub-suckers.
What starts out as a futuristic drama like Gattaca turns into action-adventure closer to John Carpenter's Vampire$ when our reluctant protagonist meets Willem Dafoe ( Spiderman ), a cured vamp. Together they have to fight off the Vampire Army run by Sam Neill ( The Dish ), and perfect the cure.
Despite the Mumbai setting, this lacks the budget associated with Bollywood movies. Instead there are a handful of extras playing zombies, and pretty much every single shot is in extreme close-up. As a result it is difficult to worl out what is really going on.
The protagonist would not last very long in The Walking Dead , because he never even thinks of stabbing the zombies in the head. He even panics when he sees some soldiers use legitimate quarantine tactics, such as isolating people who have been bitten and then giving them a mercy-killing head-shot.
That said, there is a scene reminiscent of The Mist when the protagonist has to deliver a mercy-killing head-shot himself.
The townsfolk include Hank (Danny Glover - Age of Dragons ) and Frank (Steve Buscemi - ) - not to mention the katana-wielding funeral director ( Tilda Swinton ). There is also a trio of hipsters from Cleveland, including Selena Gomez , who stay the night in the local motel.
Just like in the George Romero movies, the zombies gravitate towards things they used to do when they were alive. Romero used this to parody 1970s consumerism, but Jarmush has updated this and mocks the modern obsession with checking
The film emphasises comedy over horror. For example, somehow decomposition has turned the zombie's blood into powder so there is no gore when they are decapitated.
Jarmush has added a level of surrealism far beyond the average zombie film. Deputy Driver is incredibly genre aware, although the character is a Star Wars fan while the actor was in the franchise. Driver almost breaks the fourth wall at times, with references to the theme song and the script.
After the intro credits, the story skips forward six months to a post-Apocalyptic scenario. The world has been overrun by slow zombies. Our protagonist must trek from the relative safety of his remote cabin into Belfast in order to find a cure. He meets a couple of scientists, but the stress of constant threat from Zombie attack has driven them ... unstable.
Since this review is being written during the CoViD-19 outbreak period, a lot of it seems a bit too close for comfort. The first newscast includes mention of a vaccine, and the husband jokes that a company might have invented the plague in order to sell the vaccine. This is a bit to close to the right-wing conspiracy theorists Later there is mention of food rationing, although in real life the real issue was toilet paper.
The couple's relationship was bad at the start of the movie, so for the story to develop it naturally gets better. They adapt well to the situation, and even take some sensible precautions regarding the zombies.
There are other survivors, which leads on to parody of the awkward British dinner party. There is even a take on the Sex Wars scene from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. However, we are soon reminded that this is a Walking Dead scenario as the survivors must compete for scarce resources.
It turns out the wife abused her position as a worker in a police station by stealing items from the evidence locker ... including a glock pistol. Ironically, in a case of genre blindness nobody in this movie takes any head-shots. Luckily two or three rounds in the chest are good enough to kill one of the zombies, but they still go through their limited ammunition twice as fast as they should.
It turns out that the monster was a fast zombie. Now the survivors find themselves menaced by their former friends, and everyone bitten becomes infected.
The soft approach this movie takes towards Cuban/American relations may be a sign that Obama's soft-pedal approach was successful.
Six contestants are sent into a disused slaughterhouse, where they must hunt each other to the death. Worse, dozens of Fast Zombies are then released into the area.
The combination of kung-fu and zombie gore is familiar, but if you are into that kind of thing then you should love this film.
The survivors are trapped inside the building, besieged by hordes of the . Luckily, they are helped by a heavily-armed stranger named Michael (Paul Betanny - Knight's Tale ). Their mission is to help a pregnant woman ( Adrianne Palicki ) give birth.
What sets this apart from other Zombie flicks is the magical, specifically pseudo-Christian, nature of the infection. Jehovah has decided to destroy the human race, so he sends his Angels to do the dirty work. The theme is one of Faith, though this is not much touched upon. But as the saying goes, There are no atheists in foxholes.
Breslin's previous movies include Zombieland (2009) , a blockbuster Zom-Com. However, this is a hard-edged drama. Maggie settles down with her father and mother ( Joely Richardson ). But the clock is ticking. There is no cure for zombification.
The protagonist ( Jessica De Gouw ) and her ex-soldier boyfriend (Martin McCann - The Survivalist ) go for a trip to the resort. A bit like Jurassic Park (1993) , the place has its own fleet of landrovers.
Valerie Wilcox ( Claire Goose ) is the owner/operator of the ReZort. Her motto is that every Apocalypse deserves an After Party.
An unshaven drunken has-been (Dougray Scott - Mission Impossible 2 ) has tagged along for some reason. The presence of a relative ly big name like him goes some way to explaining how the movie got a fairly decent budget, despite receiving little or no marketing and distribution spend.
For visitor safety, the target zombies in the CQB section are chained up. That said, most tourists blaze away on full auto without making head-shots. As a result, it is no wonder that the island's zombie population has not significantly fallen in the last ten years. Strangely, while the undead may lumber around most of the time they turn into Fast Zombies whenever the plot demands it.
Just like in all those movies and TV shows based on the works of Michael Crichton , things eventually go badly wrong. This is a combination of corporate espionage, sabotage and poor design of the security system. Everything is linked into a central computer, with no backups if it all fails. Yes, just like the villains in Star Wars: Phantom Menace .
A small team of survivors try to make it across the island to safety before a drone strike napalms everything. Of course, to make it dramatic they get picked off one at a time.
This is a tongue-in-cheek horror, very self-knowing. Cliches are bypassed and turned around. Not a bad film.
The miss-matched quartet drive across the country formally known as the USA, in search of sanctuary (and something called Twinkies). They crash at a mansion in Hollywood, which leads on to an amazing cameo by Bill Murray ( City of Ember ).
This is not tied to the standard three-act structure of action movies. It is more like a road movie; a series of encounters on a journey the characters are making. The film is very fresh in its approach, lacking cliches (except when it re-invents them).
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg - Batman Vs Superman ) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson - 2012 ) go out after the sisters. Columbus gets a new love interest - Madison ( Zoe Deutch ), a bimbo who he likens to the Amber Heard character in the first film. In a somewhat Meta scene which reminds us that the zom-pocalypse started before the smart-phone revolution, Madison basically invents the idea of ride-share apps like Uber ... which the other characters all mock.
On their trip, the heroes meet up with a few other survivors. Nevada ( Rosario Dawson ) is Tallahassee's perfect woman, while Albaquerque (Luke Wilson - Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle ) is more like a weird clone of him. He even has a nerdy young sidekick of his own!
Finally, the heroes get to a sanctuary named Babylon. There are a few problems with the place. To start with, the hippies who run it melt down any guns brought by new arrivals. In other words, there are no weapons in the place. Secondly, the hippies advertise the place's location using noisy music and lights and fireworks. In other words, the zombies are going to come knocking for an amazingly violent finale!
The book is well-written, with strongly drawn characters. The story is sold as being a zombie Apocalypse, but the undead only rise during the third section of the book.
While his previous work was really a post-apocalyptic drama, this time we get uncomfortably close to the infected from the get-go. A global flu epidemic has mutated, turning sufferers into good old-fashioned slow zombies. Our protagonists, a familiar mix of Security Forces and unrepentant IRA terrorists, have to fight for their lives.