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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Movie!May 2 2011
The Tao of Netflix
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This film was great to watch. Obviously it centers around a group of uninfected humans who find themselves suddenly in a zombie-infested world. More than your standard zombie fare, this film has a great story underlying the basic zombie eating deal. In the beginning, a team of police attempt to act against a crime boss, of sorts. This scene does a great job of introducing us to one of the main protagonists, the crime lord who proudly claims to be a Nigerian and plays the part perfectly, an unquestionably ruthless killer who will stop at no ends to meet his needs. It just so happens that the police and the crime boss realize they have to work together to survive, and the earlier scene of conflict creates a rich set of characters that is maintained throughout, and they variously try to survive, while clinging to their original motives of being enemies. I have to say that the Nigerian actors part was especially great; there was simply something captivating about his performance.
For zombie purists, you may take exception at this film, so be warned. In this film, zombies are not slow, easy to kill nuisances. Like the Friday the 13th remake, they're superfast, superstrong beings that are really quite hungry. If you're someone who can't deal with this characterization of zombies, move on. If you can, run to watch this film.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The Newest French Food Delicacy Is Human Flesh With A Side Of GutsOct. 23 2010
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The zombie apocalypse is at hand! With the proliferation of books, films, video games and even TV shows in recent months--there is no escape from the marauding undead in contemporary entertainment. And now France is jumping into the fray with the ultra-violent "The Horde." Shot in the gritty style of a 70's era crime melodrama, "The Horde" is a relentless and brutal exercise in zombie mayhem. If you enjoy action combined with horror, "The Horde" is far from a bad picture--but, in the grand scheme of things, I'm not sure that it has much new to offer the genre. As someone obsessed with zombie lore (and what's not to adore about those flesh eating lugs?), I want to say I loved "The Horde" and yet I'm left giving it only a qualified recommendation. If you like zombie pictures, you may like "The Horde"--but if it's not your typical fare, there are far better films to whet your appetite for blood and guts.
Set in a mostly abandoned apartment building, four cops seek a little street justice after one of their own has been murdered by a Nigerian crime boss. Taking on his violent gang is only the first obstacle on what becomes an increasingly harrowing night. In the midst of some hysterically overwrought cops versus criminal confrontations, corpses start to reanimate. Soon the survivors from both groups must tentatively put away their differences with the goal of survival. It seems the entire city has suddenly been overrun, but don't expect any sort of explanation--you pretty much have to take things at face value. Luckily, our group is well armed and it's an all out war within the confines of the isolated building. The gore is plentiful, a ridiculous amount of bullets fly, and there is more hand to hand combat than seems wise! The action sequences are exceedingly brutal, but well staged and executed with ferocity.
My tepid recommendation stems from several factors. The characters are rather unappealing as a bunch and their constant arguing takes its toll on the viewer, becomes repetitive, and distracts from the more immediate danger posed by the ravenous horde. There is no zombie backstory, the humans are overblown and underdeveloped, and the minimalist plotting lacks any real originality. The entire film consists of "let's get out of the building." For warriors, our ragtag group of survivors is surprisingly dim about recognizing the need for head shots too!
In summation, I just felt like I'd seen it all before. The visual style is the most compelling aspect of "The Horde." There is a moment near the end of the film where one man holds a position in the parking garage and is surrounded by hundreds of zombies. This one sequence is so alive and exciting, it made me reflect on what was missing from the rest of the film. I enjoyed "The Horde" and got a chuckle at the last scene--I just didn't love it. So if this is your "thing"--by all means, check it out. "The Horde" was ultimately just a little thin and familiar (for me) to rank with the greats. KGHarris, 10/10.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"I'll show you hardcore!"Dec 22 2010
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Europe has spent the past decade on one hell of a horror film tear. It's quite the pity so few people have noticed. France's latest entry to the genre is an adrenaline rush that brings to mind testosterone-fests like Dog Soldiers and the video game Left 4 Dead. Bet you didn't know France kicked this much rear. In "The Horde", a group of police officers mourning the violent death of a comrade suit up for a little off-the-clock justice aimed in the direction of the copkiller at large. The vigilantes storm the gang's hideout in a dilapidated high rise and let's just say that nobody is getting quite what they bargained for tonight.
Zombie apocalypse in 3.... 2.... 1....
Time to kick some undead rear. A nightmarish reject from Silent Hill storms into the room and after taking an NYPD-worthy barrage of lead without dropping, flanked by the cries of his infected brethren making their way to the buffet, all parties are sufficiently convinced it's going to be a long night. Their business unfinished, cops and robbers must join forces to try and hold off the sudden surge on the zombie meter. What follows is a visceral action film that pushes all the right macho buttons and hits all the right dramatic spots.
Without adding anything new to the genre at all, The Horde outdoes about every zombie film you can name in sheer a$zkickery. Like I said, the best comparisons are to Dog Soldiers and Left 4 Dead; the film that made werewolves awesome again, and the video game that made zombies terrifying again. And these are possibly the scariest zombies you've see for some time, resembling the infected of "28 Days Later" on PCP. Perhaps even scarier than the ravening undead cannibals are the "heroes" of this piece. The hand-to-hand combat in this film is BRUTAL. You will almost certainly flinch and even feel bad for some of the zombies. These folks do not mess around. Except to shoot the legs out from under a female zombie and tease her by commanding her to french kiss a severed head they're holding in front of her. Yeah, these guys are pretty effed up. But in a good way. Sort of.
The visuals in this flick are very nice, the characters are easy to cheer for in spite of how twisted they are, the violence is delightful, and the action seldom lets up. Why are zombies invading, again? Who knows? Who cares? This is all about the characters' struggle to make it out of a single building into a larger world where God knows what is waiting for them? I'm betting more zombies, but I love the notion that the point of the entire film is to accomplish what would normally be the most simple and mundane of objectives. Magnifique.
Surprisingly, this bit of low budget awesome brought to us by our friends at IFC comes packed with special features. Trailers, deleted scenes, a making-of, an alternate opening, and even an action-packed short film prequel to the feature presentation are on the DVD in addition to other odds and ends. The Horde is a film worthy of cult classic status in spite of it's lack of narrative creativity, and it would have revered status like Dog Soldiers if it weren't being released in the middle of our current glut of zombie-mania. Nonetheless, this is a low budget action-horror flick that plays like a bloody big-budget extravaganza and if subtitles don't offend thine eyes, then you've got to check this puppy out.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
La Horde is la horrificly bloody and action-packedJan. 14 2011
C. Christopher Blackshere
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Basic zombie setup, with bloody brilliant results. A serious horror film from France you don't want to miss!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An Undead Bloodbath From FranceDec 26 2010
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Zombie movies are popping up these days more rapidly then their shambling undead subjects and with the success of AMC's 'THE WALKING DEAD', titles from other countries are beginning to filter in the mix. This one from France, Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher's 'THE HORDE' has the frenetic energy of their slasher film genre mixed with the kinetic energy of Zach Snyder's remake of George Romero's classic 'DAWN OF THE DEAD'. Nothing is explained as the newly deceased are rising and creating havoc but before this all happens , we are introduced to a sub plot of vengeance between underground police and Nigerian thugs. Trapped in a rundown high rise building, both parties must pool their resources and struggle to survive while our gut munchers relentlessly attack in some excellently, gory set pieces. African actor Eriq Ebouaney as the head of the thugs and french actress Aurelien Recoing steal the film with brilliant acting for this type of movie and the gore is piled on high and steady. I had some problems midway through the films running time but things pick up as our heroes(?) make their way out of the building complex. Fans of the undead should check this one out just for its sheer audacity alone. IFC has a beautiful 2.35 transfer in French with English subtitles and extras include a short film by the filmmakers, an alternate opening sequence and deleted scenes both of which should have been included in the final cut. Along with another french Zombie variation released this year from IFC ,'MUTANTS', France is quickly becoming the new source to check out for great Horror entertainment.