Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction

ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)

Another movie from the 8 Films to Die For 2010 lineup! With a name like ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, you just can't pass it up because you HAVE TO see how good or bad it is. With the latest onslaught of zombie comedies, aka zomedies, it's hard to stand out from the crowd.

ZMD is set in Port Gamble, small town USA. Frida, an Iranian-American girl comes home from college and everybody thinks she is Iraqi, much to her confusion. A gay couple, Tom and Lance, come to Port Gamble to tell Tom's mother that he is gay. Unfortunately for Port Gamble, a zombie infection has come upon the town and people are turning left right and centre. The rest of the film plays out as the typical zomedy - funny characters put into funny situations that involve a good amount of gore. Yay for the characters of Tom and Lance though, because most of the laughs fall with the gay couple.

Now I know what you're thinking... Zombies of Mass Destruction... politics... THIS MOVIE HAS A HIDDEN MEANING sort of crap. Thankfully it was handled in a pretty comedic way, although due to the poor acting/over-acting, I found myself rolling my eyes in some parts. Thankfully they don't dwell on it too long, and instead they let the slow zombies (yay slow zombies!) do the eating and attacking. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the pacing of the kills at the beginning of the film - they do it in a way so that you don't/can't see what is coming and who is going to die so we get a good little jump and feel tense throughout because you never really know who is going to get chomped in the neck.

ZMD manages to deliver a few good chuckles and even a few good memorable deaths. It's held back by the over-acting, lack of character development, and the somewhat odd and abrupt ending. I think considering I had a decent/entertaining time watching the film, I'm going to be a bit harsh on it because it's a zomedy... get it spot on and deliver big laughs or don't make them at all. I think watching a mediocre slasher/creature/gore flick is okay but when you find yourself going "heh" and not "hahahaha" it's rather disappointing.

Overall: 5.5/10
Gore meter: 6/10
Scare meter: 5/10
Laugh meter: 5/10

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