Friday, 2 December 2011

Horror Review: Zombie Apocalypse (2011)



Months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population, a small group of survivors fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina.

Unless you've been living in the wilderness for the last few years you know that there are currently 2 big trends in Horror - The supernatural & zombies and as much as I love both it has got to the point where I am wary about the films before viewing them. I will be honest with you, the only reason I actually watched this one is because of Ving Rhames, the man's been making a big name for himself in Horror and you can't deny how good he was in "Dawn Of The Dead" and I was shocked to hear his name involved in a made-for-tv movie. 




The first thing that caught my eye was the sight of the actor Eddie Steeples, better known as 'Crabman' from "My Name Is Earl", I couldn't help but chuckle to myself when I witnessed him trying to kill zombies


The film starts off very well, and actually has a great storyline, the description of different types of zombies is very clever and the characters are very well played. Also the use of different ammo is well talked about aswell.




My problem with it is that as the film goes on you are enjoying it, it is actually believable until you meet a group known as the "The Archers". The main woman of this group looks like something out of a cartoon, with her fresh spiky hair-do (as seen above)  and there's the fact of her nice clean clothes, to say she's been running around in the heat and dirt she's very clean don't you think?


That aside I only have one more problem with it, the ending, it builds up to a great dramatic ending....... only to be ruined by VERY bad C.G.I. (as seen below) and that can ruin an entire film for me and you know what, it did! I was thoroughly enjoying it then some terrible computer generated animal went and spoilt the whole thing, don't you just hate it when that happens!




This happens way too much for my liking and I know for a fact it's never gonna stop either, I just wish they'd realise that practical effects are so much better.


The see the "Zombie Apocalypse" trailer click here


Miscellaneous facts about the film:

  • The zombie virus is called VM2. V.M. are the initials of one of the writer's fianc├ęs. 


  • The mention of an unseen character Kirkman is an homage to Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead. 


  • One of the characters talks about being trapped in an S-Mart store, which is a nod toArmy of Darkness where the main character Ash works at an S-Mart. 


  • One of the characters discusses a zombie fight outside of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the stomping grounds of modern zombie creator George A. Romero. 


  • The zombie fighting characters were all originally going to wear masks or helmets when battling zombies, but that idea was abandoned as too impractical during filming. Because of this, the character Mack has a welder's mask clipped to his belt throughout the movie, even though he never wears it. 


  • "Julian," played by Johnny Pacar, rarely drew his pistol because he was issued an ammunition pouch for three thirty-rifle-round magazines, to use as its holster, making it difficult for him to draw it smoothly.

4 comments:

  1. You enjoyed this movie a little more then i did. I too watched to because of Ving Rhames being in another Zombie movie. especially after that garbage Day of the Dead remake that he shows up in just to sell it. i really thought this was going to be something cool and i was ready to over look the fact that it was a Syfy original, but as the movie went on i just lost interest and never got to the end which after reading your review i'm glad i didn't.

    Hopefully Ving Rhames will continue to shine in horror but never ever show up in another Syfy original movie again.

    btw before Eddie Steeples was the Crabman on My Name Is Earl, i remember him doing those Office Max commericals as the Rubberband Man lol.

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  2. It had a great storyline & Ving Rhames is awesome as always but even he couldn't save this. It's very rare that I switch off a film, I have to see it through to make a proper review which can suck from time to time lol

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  3. Its very rare for me too because i've sat through some really terrible movies before but i guess i just couldn't do it this time...if it comes on again, i might give it a full viewing just to see how bad the ending is lol

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  4. Haha, I recommend you do, just to see my point about a terrible ending

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