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I have been an Uwe Boll fan for a long time. I have been waiting for this film for quite some time now. It had been a while since I had played the game "Zombie Massacre." The game was created by 1988 games, and has now been remade into a live action movie, produced by Uwe Boll, and directed by two italian directors Luca Boni and Marco Ristori. The film's trailer was released a year back, along with Dr. Boll's upcoming 3rd installment "In the name of the king 3."
Highly trained Militias are sent by the CIA to fight against zombies, and bomb the areas. The protagonist of the film was sentenced to life in prison. The CIA releases him in exchange for his help. The female protagonist is a tough, fearless, swordfighting militia, who is trying to get her job done, while the other two mercenaries by her side, are rather goofy.
One admiring thing that I personally notice in all of Boll's films is his camera, and filters. I don't know how he does it, but the way he shoots his films in such a clear, strong picture, is admiring. It is as if he knows how to balance the coloring of his films, and the brightness, along with its contrast. Rampage for example, is Boll's intriguing filming.
While the story is basic, so was the game when it first came out. What is most fascinating about the story, are the characters. Every scene shows you a different side, and vision of the character, and why they are there, and how they alter their destiny. They characters themselves ask each other why they are there, and what their purpose is, why leaves the viewers to speculate.
I think the most redeeming quality in regards to the film is the use of CGI. First off, the make up for the zombies is excellent. The effects are gory, and twisted! The use of CGI backgrounds, and props is visually striking. One thing is for sure, Boll, Luca, and Marco don't hold back on the effects. Thankfully this film is nothing like "Zombie Nation," that movie doesn't even exist.
The actors are believable, and realistic. And for that, I praise the film. Zombies are becoming more and more popular as the years go by. And while Uwe Boll has been called "the worst director," I deny those statements. I truly admire Uwe Boll's vision, wether he is producing, or directing, he is one of my favorites. I love all of his films. If you are looking for some brutal zombie apocalypse film, or have played the game, give this film a chance, even if you are not a fan of Dr. Boll.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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When Italian filmmakers Marco Ristori and Luca Boni made their first full length zombie feature "Eaters," they shopped for a big name to help promote it. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, depending on how you look at it), their appeal was picked up by the infamous Uwe Boll. If you don't know who Boll is, he is widely cited as one of the worst directors cranking out movies today and his name is like catnip to lovers of bad movie mayhem. While he had nothing to do with "Eaters" aside from lending his name to the release, he takes a full producing credit on their follow-up "Zombie Massacre." Now, I was no big fan of "Eaters." But it had some moments of inspired lunacy and elicited a chuckle or two, so I ended up giving it a 2 star review. You'd think that with that experience under their belt, their next offering would be a noticeable improvement! Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Instead, "Zombie Massacre" must surely rank as one of the most uninspired and slowest monster movies of the year. Making zombies utterly tedious must be hard to accomplish, but the filmmakers were certainly up to the task with a complete lack of imagination or style.
For some inexplicable reason, "Zombie Massacre" was shot in English (Eaters was Italian, as I mentioned). Most of the cast, however, does not seem to employ English as a primary language. No big deal, really, except many are supposed to be American. In the depth of the Romanian countryside, there's an over-the-top Alabama tourist? Book me that vacation! Members of the CIA, military, and even the President himself struggle mightily and painfully to hide accents. I think this language barrier was one of the most devastating hindrances to the movie. When people spoke to one another, the cadence and rhythm was so slow and unnatural that it ground the movie to a halt. And there is a lot of talking in this picture! Way too much, really. After a promising first scene, it takes a full 30 minutes (of a 90 minute movie) to see another zombie. The screenplay is heavy on dialogue and exposition, but the film is not nearly complex enough to need so much set-up.
I really wish that "Zombie Massacre" fell into the "so bad, it's good" category. Unfortunately, it's so boring. After a mysterious outbreak in Romania, an elite team is sent in to nuke the city and its surrounding area. After setting the bomb, they have a short time to escape the blast zone. Sound exciting? They stop every two minutes to talk and talk and talk, never seeming to have much in the way of survival instinct. Even this might be fun if the zombies were of any interest. Poorly made up and badly executed, they aren't scary, dangerous, or even humorous. Some (but not all) even have on strange rubber suits, apparently turning into a zombie altered their basic biology. I don't even want to make it sound funny, it's not entertaining in any way. Of course, the zombie outbreak is tied to corrupt Americans and it's up to the heroes to spread the truth. But trust me, you won't care. I love bad movies, I have fun with bad movies. For me, "Zombie Massacre" ranks with the lowest of the low--not even smart enough to be dumb fun. KGHarris, 8/13.