Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018) Richee Review

Well, it's another year, and it's another filmmakers job to besmirch the good name of late great, George A. Romero. This time it's Day of the Dead again, following on from the awful remake from 2008. However, though we lack any decent actors, which is very obvious from the get go. Day of the Dead: Bloodline feels like a combination of the awful 2008 film and the classic 1985 film.

The film starts off in the most annoying way possible, showing the zombie attack, then going back four hours to show how our lead Zoe got in this situation. Just start from where the story starts, idiots. Four hours earlier shows Zoe as a trainee doctor, getting attacked by a creep called Max, which then sees a random cadaver come back from the dead to attack Max. Insert intro and five years later, a group of survivors are stuck in a bunker trying to find a cure for the zombie virus.

When a child comes down with pneumonia, Zoe has to travel back to her medical university to get supplies. This leads to one of the cars breaking down for no reason, but does lead to ,the best part of the film, showing the soldiers make their way through the hallways of the university checking open doorways as they go through.

After getting the medications they need, Zoe takes a detour by herself to collect some old pictures, bumping into old Max again who is has kept his creepy ways with his new zombie look. This costs a soldier his life, and leads to Max getting into the survivors bunker.

Stupid choices are made, leading to the compound getting over run by zombies and people getting munched. The stupid choice was getting samples from living specimens. When I think of the undead I don't think of living specimens, because they're already dead, for fuck sake. It's in the name: living dead! Because they're animated corpses! Other then that, nuisance lead Zoe refuses to let any one kill Max because she needs him to get a cure, then kills him anyway before she has even started making a cure.

I'll give this film one thing; the zombies, or "rotters" as they call them (almost as bad as Land of the Dead calling them "stenchers" or whatever it was), the practical effects did look really good. Throw that in with the one good scene in the hospital, this film lacks in every other department. The acting, the script, and the story are all really weak. I don't think it's as bad as the 2008 film, but it is by no means good. If you have that zombie itch give it a go, but don't go in expecting anything. Final rating is a 2/10; the lead is unlikable, the story has so many stupid plot points, which could have been easily fixed, and Miguel, the intimidating army lieutenant, isn't a patch on Rhodes from the original. And don't get me started on the romance between the lead and her boyfriend, it was terrible.

Throw that in with the fact that the film feels long, and it's only 90 minutes, if that. I feel like I'm being harsh because what should I have really expected, but yeah, it's not fun like most other low-budget monster flicks. Have you seen the film? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. Richee

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