Friday, 15 May 2015

Zombie Diaries 2: World of the Dead (2011)

Pop-quiz time.

It's the zombie apocalypse and you have in your possession:
a) a gun; and
b) a video camera

Which do you keep in your hands?

If you chose b, then congratulations - there may be a part in the Zombie Diaries franchise for you.

So as you may have guessed both this and the original film in the series are "found footage" affairs, when some idiot with a camera blunders about recording everything for no good reason rather than actually doing something useful.  This is a common problem in such films, and they address it with varying degrees of success.  The first Zombie Diaries does a terrible job of it for instance.  This one is better, for a while, but there comes a point where the group is fighting their way through a horde of (the most static, unthreatening) zombies you've ever seen, and camera-guy is still recording, where they clearly just threw their hands up and went "ah, no-one will care that it makes no sense to record this instead of using a gun to help, right?".

That scene is actually a good time to turn the movie off on another front, because it signals that the plot's about to take a hard right turn into rape-town.  For a film ostensibly about the zombie apocalypse, there sure seems to be a lot more time and attention paid by the film-makers to the extended scenes of violent sexual assault that follow.  It's also notable that the leader of the rapists escapes any kind of justice - as blatant a sign as any I can think of that the writer needs a good slapping.

Awful, charmless, witless garbage.  Stay far away.

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