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Zone of the Dead – Movie 64 of 365

05 Mar

Zone

When I streamed this movie on Amazon it was called 2012: Apocolypse [sic] of the Dead. When they change the name of the movie, it’s never a good sign.  I’m a zombie movie fanatic so I will give them a lot of leeway but this one just annoyed me from the start.  First, it seems that part of the cast, secondary and tertiary characters, couldn’t speak English so they were dubbed.  Unfortunately, not only did it seemed one guy was dubbing several actors, but he was phoning in the dubbing performance; blandly reciting the words in an effort to get it over with.  It may not have been so noticeable if it didn’t comprise the first ten or so minutes of the film.

Then there is the plot, which many times was as clear as mud. The military is conducting exercises in this town in Serbia.  People are not evacuated but cellphones and GPS isn’t working and no trains are to stop at the station, just drive on through.  A train carrying chemicals does stop. Through some mishap between the local police officer and some soldiers who have sneaked away from their regiment a gun goes off and punctures the tank releasing a gas over parts of the city, turning some people into zombies.

Subplot number one, a group of Interpol agents are transporting a prisoner and end up in the middle of the infected town.  Ken Foree who was in the 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead stars as Agent Mortimer Reyes who is leading up the transport team.  If you want to keep yourself entertained keep track of the Dawn of the Dead references in this movie.  I counted three.  He’s got some past issues that effect his ability to kill the zombies at first.  It’s never clear why, even when his partner Inspector Dragan Belic (Miodrag Krstovic) shares a story of Reyes past.  Somehow their prisoner knows these are zombies and what to do about them. The reason is revealed way too late for me to even care

Then there is subplot number two.  This guy who is at a church, convent, or mental hospital. It’s never really clear, all we know is that a nun tells him to go back to his cell until the demons are out of him.  He sees the zombies as the beginning of the end as foretold in the book of Revelations.  Apparently he thinks he’s appointed to kill as many zombies as he can.  Which he does with a lot of acquired weapons, that is never really clear how he gets a hold of.  Maybe I drifted off when he did.  But he’s crazy, slightly over the top, and kills a few non-zombies along the way.  You don’t know when or where he’ll pop up. He sort of serves as ass-kicking comic relief.

And then there are the zombies; some shamble, some run, some bite once then run away, while others tear the body from limb to limb.  It’s like there was more than one zombie wrangler and no one had the same set of instructions.  It was disconcerting.  Especially without explanation.

This movie was the longest ninety minutes I’ve spent in a while.  There was some solid acting and effects but they were buried under bad dubbing, bad dialogue, vague plot and a confusing story-line.  It wasn’t the worst movie I saw but I was glad when it was over.  I could’ve stopped halfway through with no regrets.

Note: I’ve finally caught up on my reviews! This is the movie I watched today.

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