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Andrew Currie, Robert Chomiak
Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss, Dylan Baker, Henry Czerny, Tim Blake Nelson, Sonja Bennett, Alexia Fast, Doug Abrahams, David Kaye, Michael P. Northey, Jacob Rupp, Mary Black, Rob LaBelle, Aaron Brown, Andrew Hedge, Jennifer Clement, John B. Lowe, Bernard Cuffling, Kevin Tyell, Raphael Kepinski, Brandon Olds, Geoff Adams, Mike Azevedo, Raymond E. Bailey, Harold Courchene, Liam Crocker, Michael Irwin, Carl-James Kalbfleisch, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Barbara Moss, Lauren Oleksewich, Andy Parkin, Rick Pearce, Lynn Pendleton
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Slight Spoiler Alert (but who cares, really?)
Fido takes place in an alternate version of the 1950's, in which radioactive space dust has caused the dead to rise. Not just that, but the fallout continues to cause anyone who dies to also reanimate. Thus leading to the Zombie War. Thus leading to the necessity of Zomcom, a company devoted to at first the destruction of zombies (they are the first to figure out that you have to remove the head or destroy the brain) and ultimately to the domestication of zombies (via a control collar).
A very promising premise. Too bad they f*cked it all too hell. I mean, what a godawful boring and disappointing movie. There is some good acting on display, most notably by Tim Blake Nelson (the only reason for the one star), but the script is sh*t. The characters that do have arcs have poorly constructed ones, while most just sit and stew in their own juices. The little boy (named Timmy, ostensibly to throw in several ham-fisted Lassie jokes) is a jerk who never gains audience sympathy, so it is a wonder why Fido never bites him, EVEN WHEN HIS COLLAR STOPS WORKING. The only interesting character to me was the little girl with the pigtails and the crackshot, and she is given almost no screen time at all.
This film also has no respect for the zombie genre at all. The makeups are unimpressive on a level with the "Smurf" makeups of the original Dawn of the Dead, and they are never menacing. The reason Shaun of the Dead works so well is because the zombie portion of the RomZomCom is totally true to the source material: the zombies are never played for laughs. Here, the zombies are never allowed to be visceral, menacing creatures: I never flinched once during an attack. They might as well have been throwing pies at each other.
Also, I was never sure if the film was attempting satire, homage, or spoof. Which doesn't really matter, because it failed at whatever it was doing. It left me completely cold at the end: an outsider peering in through the glass. What was I supposed to take away from the end of this film, other than that the filmmakers either don't care about my beloved zombie genre or hate it enough to want to ruin it?
f*ck this movie.
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Oct 31, 2007 10:36 AM
|Zombies throwing pies at each other? That sounds brilliant!|
Oct 31, 2007 8:24 PM
|*sniff* I liked it. |
Now I'm going to have to go write a whole OTHER review, to counteract this one.
And this week? I mean, really? Did I not have enough other things to write this week, I have to defend Fido, too?
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