THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE...
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Justin Paul Ritter
What's it about
A zombie breakout occurs and John Romero returns from the dead, kills most of his family but gains a conscience while saving his son from a zombie horde and goes on a journey to protect his son from evils of living and the dead.
Is it any good?
Is it good movie?
Unfortunately the film loses some of that intrigue almost immediately
with lackluster CG models and animation that looks like it came out of
an XBOX game ten years ago. I'm not kidding, the whole thing
really feels like an old video game, which makes it head-scratchingly
strange that this movie took years to create. This bad animation is the
biggest killer of all- watching these characters shamble around all
choppily was brutal, and the environments they're plunked into are just
so drab- blech. Along with that, the voice acting is also the pits
which is a bad one-two combination that is the death knell for any
animated film. The voice work just comes off dull, uninspired and
The story isn't much more interesting beyond the initial premise so I
got bored watching John walk through the underworld while his son gets
bullied at a boarding school. The story just doesn't add up when looked
at as a whole, either (though I have no reference to compare it to as
I've never heard of, or read any of the comic the movie is based on).
The whole thing is just awkward (why does our main hero zombie guy have
wicked fighting skills? why does the movie literally skip forward 15
years in time without much explanation? why did the outbreak occur? it
goes on like this..)
The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse's biggest transgression is
that it seems to be a movie without an audience. It's just too
cartoony for an adult to take the subject matter seriously but it's not
exactly made for children either. The concept of a super-zombie who can
travel through the underworld at his leisure while trying to protect
his son is actually kind of cool, but the tone is all over the place,
and instead winds up coming off really stilted, goofy and uneven. I was
hoping for some comedy that might click and at least some hilarious
phony gore, and didn't really wind up satisfied. Fans of the comic may
like it but for anyone else there just isn't much the movie does that
would make me recommend it to anyone.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1:78:1
widescren in full 1080p resolution, and looks really sharp. The source
material's ugly, but it's presented well.
Audio is similarly solid, with
a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that processes music, dialogue and effects
with a solid amount of depth and balance.
No extras here, besides trailers
for Mimesis, Shadow People and Ultramarines when the disc starts.
At the end of the day, this living corpse looks like a decade-old
videogame and it's really tough to decide what audience best suits it.
I don't really recommend sticking around to find out. This one's a bit
of a mess, and can only be recommended strictly to fans.