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½ January 30, 2015
For a film with such a ridiculous concept as Zombie Bin Laden and His Undead Insurgents, Osombie plays everything out with a pretty straight face. I give them credit for that even for a low budget zombie film. But it still doesn't find anyway to stand out from the veritable cornucopia of low-budget zombie flicks out there on DVD.

As a band of soldiers wander the deserts of Afghanistan fighting off waves of flesh hungry ghouls for, some reason, they come across a young woman who is looking for her brother. Her brother, a conspiracy theorist, is looking for zombie Bin Laden and right there is where the story just stops. Cue an hour and a half of walking, shooting zombies and then more walking before they reach their objective.

Of course there's character banter in-between all this walking, however, though interactions between the characters is the film's strongest suit. There's actual drama between them which makes the film a little more watchable than just having characters bicker for no reason what-so-ever aside from being caricatures taken from other zombie films.

But aside from that there are just too many ridiculous moments to give this film high praise, other than Zombie Bin Laden wants to turn the western infidels into his army of the living dead.
September 29, 2014
1 star for the effort. Definitely one of the early generic crap straight to dvd release this year. Lol for the acting by the way.
August 7, 2014
Predictably utter crap, but I have to day it didn't even fall into so crap it's good category. It was just boring!! ( if thats possible?)
August 2, 2014
Ha Ha ummmmmmm yeah. Is this a movie
May 26, 2014
Its exactly as I exspected it to be like.
February 9, 2014
A horror comedy that is short on both. Great idea, poor execution. Check out the comic "Graveyard of Empires" if you want Afghanistan zombies.
Cinema-Maniac
Super Reviewer
½ January 16, 2014
Action movies overuse terrorists and horror movies overuse zombies for various of reasons. Both archetype can not guarantee whether or not the quality of a story will be good, but gives a good indication of what to expect when they come into play. The violent nature, the scale of danger, and the heroes developing methods to defeat their foes. It's high body count of victim also equals the numbers of flaws and yawns the audience might give to the film.

Osombie is about NATO special forces on a secret assignment to...find the plot. Within the first twelve minutes the plot already puts off some immediate red flags. Starting off with the assassination of Osama Bin Laden is acceptable, but the film depiction is historically inaccurate. According to the film apparently Navy Seals are experts on zombie killing, Osama Bin Laden kept pet zombies to kill intruders, and created a serum that would resurrect him back into zombie form. Though the film is fictional the liberty taken with Osama Bin Laden assassination don't amount to much instead of infecting the US Osama Bin Zombie somehow swims back to Pakistan after killing a couple on a beach. That is later followed up with the introduction of our NATO special forces. At first glance the group has personality making the most killing Pakistani zombies only to go downhill quickly. Immediately after being introduce to the NATO special forces the film plays up a character death with overly heavy dramatic music. Unlike the characters, as a viewer this scene should have been saved in the second act to come across more strongly instead of a throwaway plot device. Within these twelve minutes the film has a rocky start only to reach the destination in worse condition than it began.

Each character personality is copy and pasted among the NATO special forces. All are a little comedic, all spout out expositions, all have weak characterization, and everyone of them is idiotic. Forget about serving the country what these NATO special forces needed was better training. It's hilarious that a character who's an ordinary man (whose perk allows him to be explosion resistant) thanks Call of Duty for his proficiency in armed combat has better aiming than the NATO special forces. From combat maneuvers the NATO operatives are unaware of their surrounding that every other battle scenario results in a death no longer shocking them. More questionable is not carrying a melee weapon of any sort. The only woman on the NATO special forces has the right idea bringing a sword to not only carry out quiet kills, but also a back up when ammo run up dry. This decision is made more questionable when the NATO special forces clearly know of the zombies existence (yes the 9/11 attack and government is needlessly involved in this too). Even falling into the zombie plot device trap of splitting up into groups. Leaving you speechless that a character who fight zombies with his shirt off survives longer than someone with proper equipment. I feel sorry for this fictional America in "Osombie". I would never trust these clowns with my own life yet if these clowns are the best we have serving than America is doomed.

Director John Lyde works on a low budget and does impress in some areas. His shot position was that of an expert able make little appear as grander than it actually is. Zombies carnage is in huge supplies as well as some decent practical gore effects. These effects could be taken for granted whenever blood spurts out from a gunshot it's in CG and the shoddy CG is made more evident when in the last minutes with plastic looking air vehicles. Acting leaves plenty to be desired, though that's mostly from a poor script. Most of the performances are monotone and much like the characters personality the performances are copy and pasted. Paul D. Hunt being the exception with his charismatic persona on the stale material. Giving a scene a comedic value even if it's unintentional (one of his jokes is so bad it made zombies appear). Now the biggest strike against film is the editing by Airk Thaughbaer and Kurt Hale. There's several occasion when a gunshot or sword slashing off screen would drown out conversations making it difficult to listen to even the most basic of conversations. Another issue with the editing is the usage of music being bombastic. Some scenes would have left a bigger impression without hard rock music playing. Taking the fun of seeing zombies murder is also by the power of terrible, terrible editing.

Osombie provides a huge body count at the cost of competent editing making a bad movie harder to watch. Like the zombie terrorist themselves whatever life the script could have taken is beaten to the floor with poor characterization, editing that drown out what the actors are saying, and the utter lifeless essence of providing anything resembling joy. Infuriating the viewer instead of providing some dumb fun escapism.
September 20, 2013
Stupid shooting on zombies
½ August 9, 2013
The film could be mistaken as a satirical look on the modern genre amalgamation of the traditional action/comedy genres. Unfortunately, this film fits well into neither and does not succeed in invoking a reaction due to its childish humour and its poor quality SFQ interwoven with a placid plot. This film is not worth the watch and you would probably be doing the actors a favour by forgetting they ever stared in the movie.
August 3, 2013
I knew going into this that it would be bad, but i hoped it would at least be funny. But it wasn't even that. It was so low budget that it's barely watchable. The acting is terrible, the characters are terrible and the directing is boring. Plus the gore looks so bad. There were so many times when a zombie would appear behind a character and the others didn't see it...they're in the middle of the desert and they didn't see a zombie coming? got boring really quickly. Seriously, it's awful.
May 17, 2013
Ha! The true story behind Osama's death finally comes out!!
May 8, 2013
69%

"Why arn't there any Wallmarts in Afghanistan? Because there's a target on every corner."-Joker (Pual D Hunt)

Well it finally happened, some Mormons went and made a undead flick, which is completly apparent when listening to the diolog. Not one swear word from these hardend vets. Kurt Hale, you still rock. Amen brother.

"You know what's the hardest part of rollerblading? Telling your parents, you're gay."-Joker
½ April 29, 2013
A potentially great movie marred by poor acting and a lack of basic military knowledge.
April 16, 2013
Osama Bin Laden Zombie. Need I say more??? Of course, it is ridicously campy and cheesy. Not much for originality but it was entertaining enough. I never once looked at the clock or checked to see how much of the movie was left. Some of the actors were rather talented and some of their one liners were pretty darn funny. This is a movie that Zombie fans would appreciate but other than that, this is not one of those must see movies.
March 22, 2013
Campy and friggin' greasy.
½ March 14, 2013
Lots of talking followed by shooting turbaned zombies in the head, bookended by appearances of Osombie himself. Fans of House of the Dead, specifically those who enjoy seeing the same zombies appearing and being killed over and over again will love this. Zombie make-up is really good for low budget schlock such as this, but it needs either more of a story and/or more tongue in cheek humour to really deserve your time and interest.
February 12, 2013
A lovely brainless zombie shootout. Lots of fun!
½ January 23, 2013
So bad it's so good. Lead actor looks like Colin Farrell
January 21, 2013
I knew it wouldn't be long before the war on terror would meet with zombies and Osama bin Laden seems like the perfect choice to produce an absolutely ridiculous zombie comedy.
Unfortunately Osombie, despite the silly name, is far from a comedy. It's essentially 1.5 hours of soldiers walking around in a dessert shooting zombies. There's very little story, the acting is bad, the FX are extremely low budget, and there's not enough Osombie! The only good thing about this film is the fact that there are zombies throughout.
Not worth your time.
½ January 18, 2013
A lot better than I thought it was gonna be for a straight to DVD film. Quite funny too
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