Starring Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning
Directed by Nick Lyon
The video gods are back to business once again as the first post Christmas new release Tuesday is upon us. For the couch dwellers of the city of Toronto this week’s offerings are a little thin but there are a hand full of new things to whet the collective whistle. Originally airing on the SyFy network for our neighbors to the south of us and on the Space network here locally, it is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray for everyone to enjoy. It’s time for the “Zombie Apocalypse”.
“Zombie Apocalypse” brings us to months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population, and a small group of survivors are fighting their way cross-country to a rumored refuge camp on the island of Catalina.
Director Nick Lyon whose previous experience includes the fourth installment of the ‘Species’ franchise is a decent enough of a storyteller, but since most zombie films follow the same basic plot outline he really didn’t have a lot to do. Given the low budget nature of the film, I will give him credit for staying within his boundaries and more or less hiding the budget effects that he had on this film as we only saw flashes of how cheap this movie was. Combine that with Lyon following the basic zombie movie plot outline; it at least had enough moments to keep it mildly entertaining.
Nobody on this picture will ever be accused of stretching their acting muscles but nobody was laughable bad either. In his ongoing attempt to star in as many straight to video zombie movies as possible, Ving Rhames collects another paycheck by simply bashing in zombie heads. Taryn Manning of ‘Hawaii Five-O’ brought little to nothing to the table and the only other recognizable face in the cast was Lesley Ann Brandt from ‘Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena & Blood and Sand’ otherwise the ensemble was as budget as they come. All of which makes sense for a low budget zombie movie, it’s just a little disappointing that the same TV network responsible for Battlestar Galactica also green lit this mediocre zombie film.
“Zombie Apocalypse” did the bare minimum to keep the viewer engaged for its 87 min runtime and unless you simply stumble upon a repeat of this on a lazy Sunday afternoon, there are better zombie movies out there for the watching.
1 out of 5 stars.
“Zombie Apocalypse” is available at video stores across Toronto; click here for a list of some of the finer video stores near you.
Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter as the Pop Culture Poet for all the latest and greatest news and reviews from the world of entertainment.