Monday, February 18, 2008

More ZZZZZZZZZZ than zombie

The Zombie Diaries on DVD (2006)

Starring: Russell Jones, Craig Stovin, Jonnie Hurn
Director: Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates

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Well it started OK. The naturalist acting is competent and the film succeeds in looking like a documentary with reasonably good production values. The virus is wreaking havoc in Europe and causing serious problems; a series of Vox Pop street interviews were shown; people shrugged their shoulders in the face of the Zombie threat, claiming that the government would do something, what can I do? I can only assume that people weren't being given the full facts or there surely would have been the sort of panic you see in Romero's films.
We follow a film crew leaving London, travelling to a small village in the country. While they're travelling the virus reaches London and there is panic. In London this village, oddly, has already been overun by Zombies.
Then comes a leap forward in time - Zombies everywhere - the acting is failing by now and the Zombies are far from top-quality. Plenty of Blair witch style panicking in the woods at night, so much in fact that this becomes utterly tedious and annoying.
The leaps forward in time, and the poorly drawn characters, left me reeling and not able to follow what little story there was - and finally a leap backwards in time back to near the beginning left me with absolutely no idea what was going on.
Not very good - don't bother.

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