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2012 ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Nick Lyon

Starring:
Ving Rhames
Taryn Manning
Lesley-Ann Brandt


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What's it about
A virus broke out and spread all over the world. Guess what it creates??? Zombies! Now, of course, there's only a small population of humanity left and we're zeroing in on a collection looking to make it to Catalina where there's supposedly a safe colony of human survivors.

Is it good movie?
So, yeah, there's absolutely nothing new here in terms of a "zombie apocalypse" flick. A virus broke out, some peeps got infected, then a whole shitload more got infected, then the "infected" basically take over the world. Of course, there are random groups of non-infected survivors looking to somehow save civilization. Sound familiar? I do believe I just described about 85% of most zombie-themed movies. Obviously, I don't have a problem with this formula being re-calculated over and over as long as it's done well each time.

2012 ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE was brought to us by the SiFi network, so the proverbial bar is already set pretty low... and the opening didn't disappoint. We randomly jump in on three characters walking through what appears to be a ghost town. Then, the zombies attack and the manner with which the characters defend themselves comes off as very poorly choreographed. It just wasn't very believable. Also, you find out pretty fast that the blood and gore effects ain't going to be rockin' any worlds there's nothing more pathetic-looking than computer generated gunshots and blood bursts. It looked like I was watching a video game.

At least the filmmakers tried to take the proceedings serious enough. There was even some fine character development that helped make me care a bit more for those fighting the zombies than I normally would. And you can never go wrong with casting Ving Rhames in your flick. The dude just owns and oozes bad-ass with ease. None of the other actors had a chance of standing out when sharing the screen with him.

At the end of the day, what this APOCALYPSE brought to the table wasn't quite enough to satisfy this horror fan's appetite. Even Rhames's mighty stature couldn't make up for the lame gore F/X, poor kills, and less than creative storyline. Like I said up top, this never really had much of a chance since it was already filed under the SiFi label. So, yeah, I wouldn't be rushing out to check this one out.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English dolby digital.

The Extras
A quick Behind the Scenes featurette.

A kind of silly Gag Reel.

A bunch of Trailers.

Last Call
Despite having Ving Rhames and a good understanding of how to make a competent zombie flick, 2012 ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE just doesn't bring enough meat to the table. And those damn video game level F/X really killed the carnage scenes and totally distracted me from all that was going on.

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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