"Zombie Apocalypse" premiered on the 'Syfy Channel' on October 27th, 2011. with the pleasant surprise of mixed reviews implying that film was 'one of the better films produced by The Asylum what's been introduced on the Syfy channel' I decided to check out the film my self.
The first few scenes were extremely impressive, introducing the film when the virus was spreading across globe-wide, six months later, 90% of the population wiped out; only a small group of survivors left civilised. "Zombie Apocalypse" has a very basic plot - A small group of survivors try to get Catalina, rumoured that there was a refuge on the island, with Cassie hinting that her husband remains on the island as a doctor. Simple as that, a basic plot, with interesting aspects here and there. However, the term 'Zombies' was over-used, made the film less believable, but however - it's a zombie film, what can be believable.
"Zombie Apocalypse" was directed by Nick Lyon, who is known to his other projects being finalised on the Syfy channel, such as Annihilation Earth and Rise Of The Zombies, including Zombie Apocalypse. Nick Lyon is definitely a director that made the film much better than it intended it to be, he truly captured some beautiful moments within the film that caught my eye, such as - when Taryn Manning ran into the school-showers and a zombie was chasing after her, as she hid behind one of the shower walls then attacked him after a little game of Hide & Seek, all done into one take, which I was impressed about. The Asylum have a reputation for 'stealing' other films ideas and interpret into their own piece of work, "Zombie Apocalypse" highlights say that it's in the style of 'Dawn Of The Dead' - Ving Rhames, as you can see, and an interpret of 'Zombieland' which I quite didn't get the idea off. However, the film does get a thumbs up for me, especially by the same company who produced "Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus and SuperCroc"
The film "Zombie Apocalypse" did have minor flaws, the down-fall of the film had to be the special effects, the blood-bursts were just not realistic and it got irritating at times, especially when a shot-gun exploded a zombies arm off, but what can you do on a million-dollar production, you can't have every aspect perfected in this situation. I do give the film credit for the damaged cities and the constant smoke-effect in the background of a scene. It was a pleasure to see Ving Rhames rise up on another zombie film, which was a surprise as he took on a supporting character and not a lead, but his character did out-shine in the film, but I kept thinking, how much did the production pay him...
I do recommend you buying this on Blu-Ray, (I had to of course) it looked out-standing once it hit my screen, it's a definite buy if you're a zombie-lover and bored on a Saturday night, but if you're more into a CGI-Explosion film, this film won't be the right choice for you. Overall, I give this film a 1010, not just for the minor-mistakes but mostly for the pure entertainment.
Review by Trent Browning
from the Internet Movie Database.