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Fido (2007)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Andrew Currie

Starring:
Carrie-Anne Moss/Helen
Henry Czerny/Mr. Bottoms
Billy Connolly/Fido
Dylan Baker/Bill
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PLOT-CRUNCH
The 50's retro like, white picket fence abusing town of Willard (get it) has survived a Zombie epidemic and have been living happily ever after since. You see, thanks to a company named Zomcom, one that specializes in the defense against the undead; zombies have since become pets and servants , controlled by mind-numbing neck-collars. We focus our heartfelt story on a boy and his Zombie named Fido. Once upon a time...
THE LOWDOWN
WOW! I don't see this often! A Canadian film that's not about child molesting priests, hockey fart jokes, the English/French language barrier or/and happy-go-lucky incest. Yes homegrown horror films are seldom here in Canada these days (where I was born), mostly due to the artsy-fartsy artistic community and our snobbish government funding institutions who want NATHING to do with them. But the people behind FIDO actually managed to squeeze some coin from the tightly wound Canuck organizations to put out this decent horror comedy. That in itself is a feat so props on that alone!

FIDO was an easy and fairly enjoyable horror/comedy that took the basic, old school Disney-ish film narrative structure, added a pinch of Lassie to it (the kid is called Timmy...nough said) and spinned them both on their severed head by tossing flesh craving Zombies into the gravy-mix. The peculiar result was a harmless yet amusing opus that had me smiling and giggling like a glue sniffing toddler randomly throughout. The bang-on performances found in this playpen were definitely its main strength with Carrie-Anne Moss, Henry Czerny and Dylan Baker in particular playing their "soured apple pie" roles with flair and talent. I couldn't get enough of those three! They obviously had a riot doing the film and I had a bigger riot watching them go at it. Did I say "hoot" enough times for ya yet? No! RIOT! Furthermore, I particularly grooved to the perfectly imitated "Leave it to Beaver" look of the picture which contrasted beautifully with the decaying undead roaming about. You haven't lived a full life until you've seen Zombies take out the trash or serve drinks at a BBQ within a sunny, picture perfect, puke inducing suburban setting. The clever dialogue, the use of 50's like ditties and the occasional "faux documentary reels" also chimed in to bring an endearing aura of "whimsical charm" to the affair. 

Alas the film played it a tad too safe for my sadistic liking. The plot emulated the Disney narrative structure to a T, hence I saw every plot turn coming way from miles away. Yup, surprises were seldom and some drastic deviating from the mold would've been swell. The film skimped out on the horror way too much as well. Even with its Zombies in tow, FIDO could almost pass as a children's film (and I hate children's films). It never ran far enough with its horrific elements to thrill, scare or leave much of an impression, making it too stale for this genre nut. Finally, the pace of the affair did lag in places, some healthy snip-snips here and there could've made the whole flow smoother than a wet hooker waxing one's pole. But that's just my opinion and last I checked, I'm an ignorant fool.

Everywhere I go (i.e. the Pub, my house, the Pub, my house), FIDO is being compared to Shaun of the Dead but where the latter capitalized equally on its horror and   yuk-yuks, this one mostly went for the easy and pretty edge-less laughs. With that spat on your windshield, I still found it to be a gnarly watch and recommend you see it at least once. Now if only I can get my hands on one of them mind-controlling collars to slap on sultry Elisha Cutberth. She'd do more than mow the lawn in my household, she'd also pamper my "bleep" with her tongue. Yes, I have a dream!

GORE
FIDO didn't fetch when it came to bloody T-Bones. We get a severed head, a ripped off arm, some bites and some bullets to the head. The film addressed its gore in a quick and dismissive fashion; hence with little impact. Shame...
ACTING

Carrie-Anne Moss (Helen) was a delight as the subdued yet every growing sensual and ball breaking wise wife. She totally sold me on her role! Henry Czerny (Mr. Bottoms) was pure genius as the no-bullshit, dedicated and emotionally detached head of Zomcom. They couldn't have cast a better actor! Comedian Billy Connolly (Fido) restrained? That's feasible??? Well it was here! I didn't even know it was him until the end credits! Good old Bill did a fine job at playing the low-key Zombie with a bite of gold. Dylan Baker (Bill Tim Blake Nelson) did the emasculated/absentee father thing perfectly while K'Sun Ray (Timmy) was a revelation via his focused, credible and non-grating display. NOTE: All of the secondary actors found in this film ACED their

T & A
Even minus a black skin tight latex outfit, Carrie-Anne Moss still looked sizzling hot! Yum!
DIRECTING
Andrew Currie helmed his baby with wit and confidence, slylyimbuing the film with a charming 50's feel while delivering a couple of hefty laughs. If only he'd put more axis on the horror at hand...if only...
SOUNDTRACK
We get slew of 50s songs that ideally backed up the satirical and tongue in cheek vibe of the stroyline.
BOTTOM LINE
FIDO was alive and vibrant when it came to its comedic situations, its razor dialogue, its fine acting by all and its striking "American Dream" setting. Too bad it played dead when it came to horror, and plot originality hence not being THAT different than your run-of the mill and old fashioned kiddy drama. Fun and harmless...too harmless but still fun...make sense?
BULL'S EYE
The film was shot in British Columbia, Canada for an estimated $8,000,000.

Henry Czerny and Carrie-Anne Moss are both Canadian. One is from Toronto, Canada, the other is from Vancouver, Canada.

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6:24PM on 01/12/2008

I liked it

Hilarious & Heartwarming.....not at all what I expected from a zombie flick but in a good way!
Hilarious & Heartwarming.....not at all what I expected from a zombie flick but in a good way!
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