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Also muddled: the sense of place, the sense of stakes, and the sense of zombie power and peril.
Tthe swashbuckling, bloodthirsty South Korean film "Rampant" is a rollicking genre mash-up that's what you might get if Hamlet were being chased by the undead for two hours.
Rampant is a little all over the map, with its biggest flaw securely rooted in its inability to maintain consistency in its own mythology - an unforgivable genre crime.
The problem here is that so much attention is spent on the period setting that the zombies often feel like an afterthought, when they really should have been crucial to the story.
Zombie purists may cry "Blasphemy!" at Rampant's 'night demons'... but I found the change-up an entertaining point of difference.
For fans of the undead genre and the frenzied spilling of arcing jets of claret, this is an entertaining ride through a juxtaposition of genre tropes...
Sure, Rampant had a predictable storyline, but director Kim Sung Hoon helped the film stay engaging with strong subplots and good character development.
It takes a while, but once the zombies start attacking Rampant becomes a spectacular crowd-pleaser with epic sword fights and grand set pieces.
While slick and polished, Rampant feels reluctant to commit fully to the intriguing originality of its premise. It excels neither as a zombie film, nor a throne-room drama.
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