Wednesday, 8 December 2010

ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction

Yet another Zombie comedy, only this time with a "political" message. The set-up is standard Zombie fare. A small redneck town have to deal with a Zombie outbreak. But the town folk are convinced that the outbreak is due to a terrorist attack. So that doesn't bode well for the main female lead Frida, who happens to be an American- Iranian. She is soon being held responsible for the plague by a racist hick father who attempts to interrogate her for answers. This is clearly a jibe at the ignorance that some Americans hold since 9/11. I enjoyed the running gag of the fact that Frida and her father are continually mistaken for Iraqi, just because of the war. The other standout characters are a gay couple from New York who also not only have to deal with the outbreak but a group of homophobic church goers too. At one point during being hold up in the local church the preacher attempts to rid the gay out of the couple by using the anti-gay chair. (A wheelchair, an IV drip and what the preacher classes as homoerotic images) I found the gore levels and FX to be top-notch and it is shot very well for a low-budget film. I was a little confused by the weird ending and although the comedy aspect of ZMD nowhere near reaches the heights of Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. It is still thoroughly entertaining and miles ahead of other resent low-budget Zombie flicks


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