Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Dead Season

I never pass up an opportunity to purchase a zombie movie that I haven't seen before. This philosophy has yielded a few gems - Dead and Breakfast and Dance of the Dead to name a few. However, many end up rotten. Dead on arrival. Puns intended. Dead Season has proven to be one of many failed attempts at zombie greatness.

"When a worldwide viral outbreak leads to a plague of zombies scouring the earth for the living, two survivors flee the chaos of America to a remote island, hoping for a chance to start a new life. What they find is unrelenting horror. Beyond the hordes of the flesh-hungry undead, the other people already on the island force the pair into a fight-or-die battle amongst themselves."

Let's just say I found myself incredibly bored with this movie. So bored that I started and completed two other posts in the middle of writing this one. The film progresses at an agonizingly slow pace and proved to be incapable of capturing my interest. Although the film has it's merits - impressive visual effects and bloody hand to hand zombie encounters - forgettable characters and wooden acting come off as major detriments. I do like how "fresh" zombies run while others shambled. It's something I've been talking about for quite some time. Some may appreciate how the film jumps right into the apocalypse - with its protagonists already living amongst the chaos of a zombie infested world - skipping initial plot development in favor of action. But plot development is what this genre is about. We want to learn more about the characters and how they came to be. What they went through to survive. What they'll go through to continue doing so. Despite the impressive visual effects, Dead Season offers nothing new to fans of the zombie genre. It tries so hard to be special, and falls oh so short.

2/5 dead thumbs up

- King of the Zombies

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