Zombie Apocalypse(released Oct/11) gives us yet another *gulp* taste of what the world end times/zombie ridden landscape,will look like after it all.Wow,I'm shaking my head right now because I haven't been through a watching experience like this in a LONG time.It's like getting a strong whiff of smelling salts under the old proboscis.Hooo-weee!As you know,there has been as much of an "outbreak" of zombie related movies in the past ten years from Hollywood as there have been imaginary plagues that these movies purport to show.Could just one more,be that bad a thing? This time 'round we have what is called a VM2 virus...whatever happened to the VM1? Geesh,just asking. Anyhoos,it has wiped out a good portion of the Earth's pop(that's "population" for you non Tweeters)...doesn't it always? Ving Rhames leads a rag tag group of survivors from the eastern end of the U.S.to L.A.There they all hope to catch a boat over to Catalina Island and safety.Everything that you see in between is the usual hit/kill a zombie,run from a zombie and once in a while get bit by a zombie.In between all the "excitement",the players all have a resty-poo here and there. That is the "plot",as much as it is;we definitely have a less is more thing going on here.Ving is no stranger to Zombies,oh no.He was last in Dawn of the Dead in /04 and acquitted himself pretty well in the zombie killing department there.So he knows what he's doing by now.Here,he is more of the menacing hulk type of guy,kinda shy and quiet,bad butt and ready to kill a Z at any moment.The rest of the cast,filled with lesser known actors,also acquit themselves pretty well."So what is so wrong with the film,Bob?...cut to the chase!",you may ask.Read more ›
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A Low Budget Zombie Epic: Better Than Expected, But Still Fairly UninspiredNov. 2 2011
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Anyone that watches a SyFy Channel original movie on occasion knows that they rarely offer real chills. That doesn't mean that some of the films don't have a demented sort of charm. Grade A cheese, the best of the bunch tend to be hysterically unapologetic creature feature schlock. One of the main contributors to the SyFy channel brand is a film production studio aptly called The Asylum. Oh how I dread The Asylum, a company responsible for some mind numbing embarrassments which rip-off current trends or big budget features. I hate that usually their movies fail to even qualify as dumb fun (and really, that's all I expect). Well, The Asylum is capitalizing on the on-going undead infatuation with "Zombie Apocalypse." And while no means a classic, at least it fares slightly better than their other recent endeavors. But here's the deal. While I am more than content to watch just about anything zombie related for free, would I really invest in a DVD purchase for this title? Ultimately, the answer is probably no. There is simply too much competition in this overcrowded genre, and much of it is quite good.
"Zombie Apocalypse" gets off to a rollicking start with the virtual destruction of the world. The opening is clever and colorful and really had my hopes set high. But after the brief introduction, we're plunged into very familiar territory. A group of three friends stumble into town after being isolated for about six months--they're hoping the zombie problem has solved itself. Well, it doesn't take long for that dream to go up in smoke. After a brutal attack, they are joined by another group of travelers who are headed to Catalina Island (a known safe zone). Together they must cross Los Angeles. My favorite sequence comes late in the picture where our group is downtown and the next scene they are in Long Beach--wow! There really isn't much more to the plot. It really just boils down to who will survive and what will be awaiting them. I hazard to think how tiny little Catalina Island is the destination for every living soul in America!
On the plus side, the film features some likable actors. Ving Rhames is certainly the headliner and he provides solid support. But really this is an ensemble piece and several actors whom I didn't know actually served up pretty decent performances (Johnny Pacar and Gary Weeks specifically). Taryn Manning, on the other hand, was given the movie's most useless role--that of a completely helpless victim. In the entire movie, she kills exactly one zombie. The rest of the time she cries for help or runs away while others do battle. Pretty pathetic. The zombie effects are good enough for this low budget production and the battles are well choreographed. It isn't "The Walking Dead" by any means from a technical standpoint, but it works for what it is. And the final battle, as bizarre and out-of-left-field as it is, had a silliness that appealed to me. All in all, the movie was much better than I expected. But would I ever watch it again? Not likely. About 2 1/2 stars. KGHarris, 11/11.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wow a movie by Aylum that isnt a steaming pile of crap!Oct. 29 2011
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Im actually watching this on syfy right now, and i must say it not bad, Its got Ving Rhames for one and a couple of other great and fairly known actors. When i found out that Asylum made this, i couldnt beleive it. Asylum is a mockbuster company that makes rip off of hollywood movies, and theyre always terrible, i mean so bad you wonder how the company is still around. This is the only watchable movie of theres, but its not just watchable its actually pretty good. I still feel that Aylum and everyone who works in the company should be kicked square in the jewels for all the crap they spill out.
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THE ZOMBIES ARE BACKOct. 23 2011
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ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE 2011 Action 90 min 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
Produced by: David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, Paul Bales Directed by: Nick Lyon Written by: Craig Engler and Brooks Peck Cinematography by: Pedja Radenkovic Starring: Ving Rhames, Taryn Manning, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Johnny Pacar, Eddie Steeples, Gary Weeks, Anya Monzikova, Gerald Webb, Lilan Bowden, Robert Blanche
Typical Zombie film from The Asylum,Its Great The Asylum are releasing their films on Bluray. Previously I had to buy from Amazon Germany to get their titles on Bluray.
Good solid story and the Legendary Ving Rhames. Taryn Manning does a nice job too,not to mention she is nice to look at.
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Best Zombie Movie I've Seen In A LONG Time!Jan. 15 2012
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So the last good zombie apocalypse movie that I saw was Zombie Land and I was very excited when I saw this in the Red Box. I mean seriously, just the title shows how awesome it's gonna be!
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So the movie mainly follows a few main characters as they try to get toward a safe haven called "Catalena" or something, it's on an island and it's supposedly free of zombies. They run across some other survivors whose names don't really stand out in my mind as I sit here and write this. But the main one I cared about was Ving Rhames! This guy is such an awesome guy that he doesn't need a gun, he just bashes zombies in the head with a sledge hammer!
They move toward the safe haven and they come across zombies that have been shot in the head with arrows and they wonder if these are other survivors just ahead of them. Later they meet up with these archers and they team up together to travel to safety.
I loved this movie! I only have two complaints about this movie.
First of all, Ving Rhames and one of the women survivors come across a .50 cal machine gun and the woman says, "I wanna take it with us." Why? Do you have any idea how heavy that thing is? Not to mention how noisy it is? When you shoot that thing off, all the zombies within 10 city blocks are going to hear it and descend upon you like a pack of ravenous dogs! Plus how are you going to transport it? Oh I see, you're just going to put it in a shopping cart and wheel it around. Then when she fires the weapon while it's still in the cart, the cart itself doesn't move. COME ON!!! Gimme a freaking break! Do you have any idea how much recoil there is on a .50 cal machine gun? Why do you think they are always bolted to the roofs of vehicles and held down with sand bags in front of fox holes? If she had fired that gun in that cart the kick-back would knock her over and the fact that the thing it was sitting on had WHEELS, wouldn't be too smart either. You can use your head and figure out what would happen if anyone in the real world tried to do that. Not to mention when she was shooting the machine gun, the ammo belt that was going into the gun, WASN'T FRIGGIN' MOVING!!! Ugh!!!
My other complaint is the climax of the movie. The survivors are ambushed at the docks where they are supposed to meet up with a boat that would take them to safety and what are they ambushed by? Take a guess, seriously, think about if you were in a zombie apocalypse. What would you expect to be ambushed by? Zombies? Other humans looking to rob you? Maybe even a lich controlling the zombies? No, of course not! That would make too much sense, instead let's have them be ambushed by zombie tigers. Seriously, ZOMBIE TIGERS are the final bad guy these survivors have to face off against. That was just... oh my god, my head hurt from how stupid that was.