Oct 6, 2010

Survival of the Dead Review

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The movie takes place in the usual George A. Romero post-zombie apocalypse world, but in two separate locations. Somewhere in America, a four-pack of National Guards - the chain-smoking leader, the play-it-cool guy, the lesbian, and perverted Latino, are robbing, looting, stealing and doing whatever it takes to survive. Off the coast of Delaware is Plum Island full of small-village farming folk who have apparently all immigrated from Ireland or somewhere similar. Both locations share a common feat - a butt-load of slow, stupid zombies. Plum Island is in the midst of a civil war amongst the zombie war, and the highly anti-zombie leader of one group is cast off the island by the other we-can-save-zombies group. Now the National Guards, a young boy who had latched onto some filthy rednecks, and the exiled Irishman must band together to get to a potentially safe and isolated Plum Island.

This movie must have been marketed towards me, because it targeted one of my few movie weaknesses - good one liners. Everybody has a smarmy, sarcastic attitude and has no problems letting others know when they've done or said something stupid. This is a contributing factor to this movie being more engaging and comedic than scary. There are a few true horror moments but the scenario seemed like just a take on a rarely, if ever, practiced theme of trying to save zombies vs. trying to wipe them all out. Unfortunately the movie also suffered from some major over-acting at times. I'd be mad/sad/upset if someone I loved died too, but some of these people go from 0 to 100 in a split-hair second.

My Highlights:
The ending scene was so perfect that it made up for any over-acting or lack of outright scary moments. Also, the lesbian bringing some solo-sexuality into the film.

Overall Rating:
Despite being bogged down by occasional over-acting and rehashing of scenes from every other zombie movie ever made, this was a very entertaining film. Thrills, laughs, romance, and moral qualms. I give this film a solid 3 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 7 1/2 *'s out of 10.

When You Should See It:
Sometime in the month of October, prior to Halloween. Save Halloween night for parties, pranks and scary movies. This is just a good zombie movie. November-September however, it might lose its "umph"

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