2012: Zombie Apocalypse – Movie Review

I really dig this cover art.

Once this DVD was in the player, and The Asylum’s logo popped up, I knew I was in for something special. For the uninformed, The Asylum is a purveyor of low budget, direct to DVD movies most widely known for their line of “mockbusters”. A mockbuster is a movie that capitalizes on the popularity of another film through similarities in concept, packaging, and title. Some of The Asylum’s better known mockbusters include: Snakes On A Train, Transmorphers, Paranormal Entity, Sunday School Musical, and Almighty Thor. A lot of people probably frown on their marketing schemes, but I think they’re friggin’ genius.

Upcoming flicks from The Asylum include: Nazis At The Center Of The Earth, Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, and 2-Headed Shark Attack. Yes, I will be reviewing them all.

Esentially, this movie is exactly what you’d expect. It’s a standard, by-the-book plot for a zombie flick. Here’s your bullet points:

– There’s a disease of some sort that turns people into ravenous monsters (zombies, duh)

– Our story focuses on a small group of survivors, they are easily identifiable by their general attitude and/or weapon.

– They’re all headed to some place that is rumored to be a safe haven

– A lot of them die, but some of them make it through

There you go, it’s a zombie movie.

Taryn Manning and Ving Rhames star as Scared Girl and Big Guy With A Sledge Hammer

While this movie didn’t really bring anything new to the table as far as plot goes, it was still pretty damned entertaining. One huge beef I had with it though was the special effects. They were… not good. Every blood splatter in the movie was done with CGI, a common practice these days that just seems highly unnecessary. Practical blood effects would have made a lot of the fight scenes in this movie far, far more tolerable. Another problem with the fight scenes centered around the choreography and cinematography. LOTS of the survivor’s weapon strikes are very, very obvious misses. A little better staging, and probably a couple more rehearsals probably would have helped this movie immensely.

For all it’s faults, Zombie Apocalypse was still everything I expect and want out of a zombie flick. Fun kills, innovative weaponry, a couple pithy one-liners, and an interesting last minute development are all I need.

3 out of 5

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