TV Review: Syfy "Rise of The Zombies"
Last night saw the SyFy channel debut a new zombie flick with Rise of the Zombies, just in time for Halloween.
The movie is really nothing new when it comes to the zombie horror genre, but it's still a lot of fun to watch, and let's be honest, is anything "new" when it comes to zombies anymore?
I did find director Nick Lyon's take on zombies rather interesting though. His zombies are caused by some sort of virus that happens to be susceptible to electricity. We find that out from LeVar Burton, who plays Dr. Dan Halpern, and Burton gives the best performance in the movie. Burton, of course known for Geordie LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, plays a rather intense role as a scientist, one that fits the actor and one I would like to see more from with Burton.
The fun part of the movie is watching what happens to the cast, as the cast is made up of well-known actors. Including Levar Burton, you will recognize Mariel Hemingway, Danny Trejo (Sons of Anarchy), Ethan Suplee (My Name Is Earl) and French Stewart (3rd Rock From The Sun).
And they all don't make it out alive.
The movie features lots of gore and graphic content, lots and lots of zombies, and is very fast-paced. Right from the get-go there's zombies and they just never stop. There also happens to be a rather shocking scene involving a pregnant woman. You'll find yourself saying, "WTF!" -- and laughing, but in a good way.
There are some questionable zombie "tactics" that hard core zombie fanatics might not like, but keep in mind that everyone's zombies don't have to follow a certain "rule" (do they?!) as these zombies might not be completely zombified. Also, the characters in the movie don't happen to be the brightest, but one could argue the world may not be filled with too many bright individuals, so at least they are keeping it real. And a plus in my book is that the movie seemed to feature answers, something you don't get a lot of at times with other zombie movies.
The Walking Dead it's not, but Rise of the Zombies isn't meant to be. They take some cliche moments from other zombie movies and put a cheap thrill spin on things for a Saturday night fright fest.