Bio Zombie Reviews
The movie is a cult classic that really doesn't deserve the status it isn't awesome and it moves a little too slow for most viewers. I fast forwarded through a lot of the boreing stuff and not even the good stuff was really worth it.
The two main characters are not really likeable I mean they assault costumers in the bathroom and rob them and they hate the sushi guy. The sushi guy plays a big role in the movie and when he is zombiefied right away lets just say he isn't your average mindless zombie he has priorities.
The movie is a comedy where the viewer won't laugh much except at the accidently funny scenes. The movie kicks into gear with an ending that seems out of place for a movie of this type. This movie is a rental through and through one watch is enough.
a very cute japanese zombie movie!!! very very cute!
[i]Bio Zombie[/i] might be low on the gore/splatter quotient (and on outright moments of shock or horror), not to mention make-up effects that are less than impressive (with the exception of some festering postule effects on one of the hapless zombie victims), but it doesn't fall short in the humor/slapstick department. Why? Characters.
With character names like Woody Invincible (Jordan Chan) and Crazy Bee (Sam Lee, whom I've seen in other Hong Kong films, including the underrated [i]Gen-X Cops[/i], aka [i]Metal Mayhem[/i], where he plays a goofball character appropriately called "Alien"), you know that the emphasis will be on comedy in this horror/comedy genre entry. Woody and Crazy Bee are slacker dude types who work at a VCD store, and, not surprisingly, make their own bootlegs VCDs. The movie starts with the characters talking over the movie titles as they sit in a movie theaters, a nod to [i]MST3000[/i], but just as importantly setting the mood and tone for the movie. Our slacker anti-heroes of course rise to the occasion once the zombies attack, but before they do, they spend their time smoking pot, playing video games (believe it or not, they're playing [i]House of the Dead[/i], which, of course, makes them crack marksmen in the [i]Bio Zombie[/i] universe) thinking up scams to make some money, commenting on other mall employees and hitting on beauty salon employees. Once the mall becomes "overrun" with the zombies, the characters go into full panic mode, with only our characters to save the day (and themselves).
[i]Bio Zombie's[/i] tone darkens in the last act, however, as the characters begin to fall prey to the attacking zombies. Even with the darker tone, I didn't expect a last act plot turn that bordered on the poignant. Of course, the movie's last scene more than hints at the plague of zombies spreading beyond the shopping mall, but even there, it's handled with a light touch.
Overall, despite the aforementioned shortage of gore, [i]Bio Zombie[/i] succeeds in developing a solid audience/character connection, and keeps the tone light enough that I can recommend it as good fun, a minor, but still enjoyable addition to the zombie sub-genre. Add a running length that doesn't overstay its welcome, and the end result is a solid 6.5/10 (so let's round it up to a 7/10), ranking it behind the [i]Dawn of the Dead[/i] remake and ahead of [i]Undead[/i], both of which I've seen in the last week.
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[b][i][u]Dark City:[/u][/i][/b] Interesting premise and well executed, yet I dont have an interest in seeing it again.
[b][i][u]Bio-Zombie:[/u][/i][/b] From the kickass characters, to the many memorable scenes, this is a true winner horror-comedy. I liked it enough to compare its characters to the ones in Dog Soldiers in terms of coolness and perfect interaction between them. They grow and mature on screen, which makes the resolution the more interesting. There are plenty of scenes with so much nonsense going on, that you cant help but smile, yet they dont overshadow the genuine tension and creepy moments all over the movie.