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EVILUTION
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Reviewed by: Matt Withers

Directed by: Chris Conlee

Starring:
Eric Peter-Kaiser
Tim Colceri
Sandra Ramirez


Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
An apparent zombie infestation results from medical testing in Iraq. Only one soldier escapes, but he's planning to keep experiments going in an apartment complex named the Necropolitan. As you can imagine things go a little awry.
Is it good movie?
I have to admit that I don't dig zombie movies for the most part. That said, 28 Days Later did a good job of moving us past the shuffling masses of braindead boredom, and helped re-invigorate a tired sub-genre. Evilution definitely takes advantage of that and provides plenty of high intensity undead attacks handled with admirable skill.

On top of that the cinematography is top notch, and is more than ably assisted by outstanding stunt work and impressively bloody F/X. And they do give us boobies. Two instances of completely gratuitous mammary magnificence that are totally appreciated in a flick of this nature.

Problem is, the story is a poorly developed mismash of everything from gang bangers and military conspiracies, to zombie and alien infestations mixed with an attempt to pull in Lovecraftian themes. Ambitious for sure, but it basically falls flat across the board.

This is largely due to poor casting, and performances that often grate the nerves. Unfortunately it never gets quite bad enough to pull B-movie enjoyment from it. A shame really, because there is obviously some serious behind the lens talent at work.

Video / Audio
Video: 16x9 - 1:78:1; Anamorphic DVD
Audio: 2.0 Stereo Mix
The Extras
None.
Last Call
Kinda of like a cake with great frosting, but a rotten center, this sucker looks amazing, features an ass-kicking soundtrack, and every once in a while even made me jump a little bit. But it still falls a shade short of watchable because the story and acting are mediocre at best, and often times just plain bad.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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