Re-Kill, part of the acclaimed After Dark/8 Films to Die For could have been awesome…
…instead, it was unremarkable. The overall story of RD8 (the team of zombie killers central to the film) would have been entertaining, gory, and frightening had the writer/director made a choice about the type of film he wanted to make. Documentary/mockumentary, found footage, or just a good old fashioned third person POV. A single, cohesive narrative voice other than the jittery HUD (watch the equally asinine Cloverfield) cameraman would have made the film at least a little enjoyable. Instead we find ourselves watching a COPS style show that tries to shoehorn in as much global back story and stereotypical, generic character profiles, in between commercial breaks advertising smoking, sex, and narcotics…none of which plays any vital role in the overall story.
While the acting, film quality, and overall effects and atmosphere were great, the story itself was beyond lack luster. There was no character development despite a couple of decent attempts at characters. There was an amazing story premise that could have been explored and would have made for a fun hour and a half. Instead, every chance that existed to really make something memorable in the genre was pushed aside and substituted with pointless fictional ads and news snippets used to segue between points of the main story that might have taken a little extra time as a writer to create.
No, not everything is perfect and any artistic work is going to have its fans and its critics. I make no secret that, despite the amount of flash fiction I write and publish for this growing ADHD culture we have, that I am not a fan of shaky cam anything. I mean, I won’t watch a commercial, a music video, or a porno if the director can’t pick a damn camera angle and stick to it for a few frames. The entire shaky, first person school of film making seems like a cop out, a way to save a few bucks sacrificing quality for cost. Even so, it’s got a 4 star rating and tons of positive reviews.
Personally, I’m not overly disappointed at the loss of my two dollars for the rental but, if you’re looking for a GOOD zombie movie, try Cooties or Burying the Ex. Even Zombeavers. Hell, watch a rerun of The Walking Dead. Just do yourself a favor and skip this one.
Well, I tried warning you. Stay spooky. More stuff soon to come.