Cult discovers a horde of Re-ans does he run?
Amidst a slew of commercials advertising everything from the wonder drug Vivadine (touted as culling the reanimation process should you survive an attack), smoking (because let's face it if anything gets ya it'll be the 'Re-ans' first!) and copious sex (“do it tonight”) because eighty-five percent of the Earth's population has been eradicated all appearing on the Outbreak network, there exists a show entitled RE-Kill. Which ironically is also sponsored by 'The Coalition to Repopulate America'. Much like an askew version of the modern day Cops, a special unit, the R-Division, is documented going into conflict with hopes to quell a second outbreak of “Re-ans” (aka the undead, zombies, what might have once been your mother but no longer is... yea seriously I wouldn't ask her for an allowance anymore, she looks kinda pissed... and dead). These creatures have been segregated from the general populace and quarantined, rumored to be getting smarter, one area Stateside, however, has yet to be “cleaned” properly. 'The Zone' is located near modern day Manhattan a walled up community that hasn't seen the likes of any law or human inhabitation in several years. As luck would have it a research team/project has become of interest to the powers that be. Alas the R-Division is sent in to check the situation out (it makes for great ratings and entertainment) to hopefully retrieve details upon the 'Judas Project' with hopes that it can further nullify the threat of impending doom and the extinction of the human race.
Will the 'Judas Project' be found, deciphered and used with the best intentions good? Will any of the intrepid band of Re-an executioners live to tell the tale? Is there hope for a repopulated/reinvigorated Earth? So many questions. Will they all be answered within the eighty-two minutes this feature runs? I won't give the final moments, or any major plot points of Re- Kill away though I have no problems whatsoever in discussing my thoughts and views on it. Overall the movie's vibe put me in mind of a mash up between the sensationalist, vivid, all consuming 24/7 media coverage displayed within Starship Troopers and the POV, steady cam action of The Zombie Diaries (*Coincidentally both films Feind can’t stand!). It isn't difficult to ponder upon the future of the media's influence and the point of how intrusive and important it all might eventually become. Especially when a very high percentage of people nowadays are glued to their phones even when in the presence of immediate friends and family. Escapism into social networking to the point of antisocial seclusion.
The steady cam aspect of the film is successful in bringing the audience down to the level of the protagonists as seen through the lens of a camera on scene rather than a view that depicts both victim and attacker ('lunch and dinner' as in this case). Even with the graphics popping up on screen as it's somewhat of a live broadcast (two hour delay) the intensity can be felt especially when the horde-comes-a-runnin. As effective as it is, IMO, it still doesn't reach the dizzying heights of the sheer tension felt within 28 Days Later or even 28 Weeks Later. Though if truth be told many rarely do and have.
The antagonists of Re-Kill are somewhat 'Rage' (again 28 Days Later) inspired which is to say that they move like rabid hyenas rather than disheveled drunken hobos on a search of the nearest dumpster. This only adds to the anxiety levels within the film for both viewer and those within R-Division. The documentary and network aspect within Re-Kill work especially well, authentic in both appearance and aura. Much like with any tragedy the (Outbreak) network likes to dwell going so far as to feature “What were you doing when the apocalypse started” short features to keep the threat alive and current in the viewer's mind (profit through fear tactics). The documentary features montages from those recently slain to keep that human association/empathy element alive. With all that being said, a few scenes of decent gore thrown in and a plethora of B-list actors tossed into the mix (Bruce Payne and Scott Adkins among others) having prominent roles it still didn't grab my attention as much as I believed it might have been capable of. Is this because the zombie genre has been done to death (pardon the pun) or because this just wasn't that great of a movie? Perhaps a little of both and for that reason I'll score Re-Kill a generous…
For more of a kick in a similar style with some huge Mother-F'in bugs on the prowl check out a movie my partner hates (with a passion *I can’t describe how much I did not enjoy it!) but I still cannot get enough of (“Wanna know more?”) Starship Troopers.
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