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quietearth [Film Festival 10.30.09] zombies movie review comedy

Year: 2009
Directors: Kevin Hamedani
Writers: Kevin Hamedani & Roman Isao
IMDB: link
Trailer: link
Review by: quietearth
Rating: 3 out of 10

Even with it's political mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham, this wouldn't have fared any better during the Bush era. Billed as a "political zomedy", it definitely had the political and the zombie, but the comedy which was at times Dumber & Dumber retarded, was mostly lacking or too obtuse for my taste. What started with a slow zombie outbreak and an introduction to our main characters quickly devolved into what could be loosely interpreted as "Have we not learned our lesson?". But when I say "loosely", what I really mean is they took the political mockery so far it lost it's point and ended up making me want to leave the theater.

However, there were some good points. First, the zombie were awesome and they didn't skimp on the extras. Second, the gore. Sweet. Ok, there was also a couple of laugh out loud moments like the stereotyped Republican saying "I don't vote for p*****s!" But billing it as a comedy doesn't make it a comedy, and in this case it was nothing more then an attempt.

We start with a few different key characters, all set to be in opposition. An Iranian girl, the Republican, a gay guy and his boyfriend, and other such stereotyped conservatives and leftist people molds. Set in the town of Port Gamble with its picket fences and quaint Norman Rockwell charm, the people are subjected to a vague "terrorist attack", a viral outbreak which turns the good townsfolk into zombies. The film, set in September 2003 (as if that lends the film more credibility), immediately felt like smoking too much cheap weed. But more about the story.

The gay guy (with his boyfriend in tow) is going to come out to his Mother over dinner. He's afraid, and without his man's constant pushing would never have grown the cajones required to spit it out, but by then it was too late. His Mom was trying to eat him. Then there's the Iranian girl and I really don't need to detail her plot line, just throw in the stereotyped Republican and you can guess. Then there's the conservative Christian mayor and his opponent, the long haired school teacher (who probably has hairy armpits) stuck in the Church with the faithful. Guess who lives and who dies?

In the end, I hate to say this as the trailer, which contained the few rare moments that were enjoyable, looked so good, but this just didn't work. The political stuff easily outweighed the humour when it should have been the other way around. I can't recommend this, not even as a rental. Now excuse me while I go drink the Obama kool-aid.

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uncleB (13 years ago) Reply

Thanks for the heads up. The girl in the mall parking lot did have a nice little tail on her though.


Anonymous (13 years ago) Reply

Funny this is the first bad review I have read for this movie.


bad dog (13 years ago) Reply

Stay away from the Kool Aid. It's almost as bad as that crappy tea.


projectcyclops (13 years ago) Reply

Like the 'Bananas' reference there.


Kostas S. (13 years ago) Reply

this was of b-zombedies should someday stop...every nerd is off with a camera and tape his friends do's not funnny anymore..and the hwole pa genre has that meaning.."people the f***ing fun is over!be a survivor or be dead!"...go back to your video clerk jobs and leave people with real vision direct movies...this mass consumption of easy laughs is stupid at least..go out with your friends or play scrabble,get a girlfriend maybe?


Anonymous (12 years ago) Reply

I just saw it on Netflix, and although it's not great, I enjoyed watching it. The young Iranian woman I thought did a nice job of acting at times, and the movie tried to show some heart (no pun intended). Although nobody behaved very intelligently in the face of a zombie horde, the dialogue about more mundane topics was believable at times.

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