The Horde (La Horde) (2009)
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In order to avenge the murder of one of their own by a gang of ruthless gangsters, four corrupt cops go on a rampage in a condemned building which serves as the mobsters' hangout. Now trapped, the officers are about to be executed when the unimaginable occurs: hordes of bloodthirsty, cannibalistic creatures invade the building, savagely attacking everyone. Unexpected alliances are made when their lives are threatened by the unthinkable. Directed by Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher.-- (C) IFC
Dec 21, 2010
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This latest example of the French new wave of horror does at least have the Romero-like guts to address a topical social problem.
French-made zombie flick The Horde isn't up there with Night of the Living Dead but still induces some unexpected gulps.
The Horde doesn't waste time on niceties like explanations or characterisation but if you like your action movies served raw and bloody it will not disappoint.
Unlike its more cerebral gallic brethren, it's content to bypass the brains and go straight for the nuts.
The good guys and the bad guys must cooperate if they are to escape. Scenes of extreme carnage ensue.
We sit in the dark, like the hapless creatures in Animal Farm, looking from man to zombie and struggling to tell just which one is which.
Even Romero never looked on the human race with such unfettered disgust. Let's pray this particular reading proves way off the mark.
Subtlety is admittedly the very first casualty, but when the claret's flying with such élan, who gives a merde?
Although bleak and gritty, The Horde lacks the freshness and originality to cut a fresh swathe in the zombie genre.
I can't quite recommend it unless you just want to see any new movie about zombies that comes down the pike. You haven't seen this one before, but you have, and you've seen it better.
La Horde offers a damn good and bleakly satisfying take on the zombie apocalypse. On a certain level it says we humans get what we deserve.
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