Cockneys VS Zombies (2012)

5 Overall Score
Acting: 6/10
Effects: 7/10
Humor: 5/10

Some moments of humor are worth sitting through the film for.

We've seen this before, done better.

Cockneys VS Zombies

Dir: Matthais Hoene

Rasmus Hariker, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, Alan Ford

 

The British made Cockneys VS Zombies pits a group of would be bank robbers and a bunch of senior citizens against an undead horde in the East End of London.  Rasmus Hariker (Your Highness) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) star in this farcical zombie comedy.  Terry (Hariker) and Andy (Treadaway) are brothers trying to save their grandfather’s retirement home from a group of developers.  Alan Ford (Snatch) plays their WWII veteran grandfather, who took over raising Andy and Terry after their parent’s death.

The film begins with a pair of bumbling construction workers unearthing a tomb, while at work.  They wander in to the tomb in the hopes of finding anything valuable, but a bunch of animated corpses with a desire to eat human flesh.  Meanwhile, Andy and Terry along with a rag-tag group of would be hoodlums, put their plan for a bank robbery in motion.  During the bank robbery the world goes to hell and zombies run (stumble) amuck through the East End.  The boys decide to head over to their grandfather’s retirement home in an attempt to save him.  Meanwhile at the retirement home, granddad is mounting his own senior citizen’s resistance to the undead menace.

In spirit the film is very much like Shaun of the Dead, with its penchant for zombie related humor.  Some of it works, and some of it does not.  I will say that it is nice to see a zombie movie where the characters know what zombies are beforehand.  There was very little time wasted on figuring out what was going on, opting to instead barrel through as fast as possible.

I really wanted to love this movie, but there was something about it that didn’t really work for me.  I think the filmmakers were attempting to make a zombie movie a la Guy Ritchie, circa Snatch.  Everything from the title sequence to the character intro/flashbacks felt like it came from a Ritchie film.  It was like watching something I had already seen, only not as good.  It was stale.  Granted it’s not often one gets the privilege of seeing post zombification soccer fans continue their rivalry well into the afterlife, but this is one of the very few highlights of the film.

The acting by most of the cast is good, barring one character that drove me absolutely crazy.  I won’t mention any names because I’m sure you will know who I’m talking about.

Overall I would say it is worth a once over, but don’t expect to be wowed.

 

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Dan Folgar received a degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2008, and is currently working on an MFA in Fine Arts. He is an avid film watcher and an enthusiast who is prone to ranting. Follow on twitter @grim842.

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