As if one zombie-animal outbreak in Zoombies (2016) wasn't enough, humankind now faces yet another case of extreme animal zombification. This time--as a group of unsuspecting poachers find themselves in the mouth of madness, amid ravenous undead predators--the game ranger of a devastated wildlife preserve forms an uneasy alliance with the illegal hunters to stop the spreading of the virus. Now, the rabid four-legged zombies are out of the cage, and they crave human flesh; however, what started the madness?Written by
Written by Christopher Cano
Vocals by Laurel Elizabeth Hood
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Have made no secret in the past of intensely disliking, and even outright hating a lot, a vast majority of The Asylum's (near-universally maligned for good reason) output, though there is curiosity as to whether they are capable of making something good and compulsive about their output's badness. Admittedly, The Asylum do have a small group of watchable films and the occasional (big emphasis on that word) above average one, unfortunately outweighed by the lacklustre at best and often dreadful films they churn out.
Did not care at all for the first 'Zoombies' film, but it wasn't a complete waste of time. There is far worse around. Sequels are notorious for being rarely being on the same level and seldom better (with exceptions of course), and 'Zoombies 2' is definitely the inferior film. Though it is a case of the original not being a good film to begin with, so not much was expected when seeing it out of curiosity and being intrigued somewhat by the concept.
The least bad asset of 'Zoombies 2' is the scenery which did have a little atmosphere that was lacking everywhere else, and sadly it was wasted by the rest of the production values being so bad.
All the acting is sub-par at best and dreadful at worst, the first 'Zoombies' had two decent performances whereas this has none. They do have to work with bland and irritating characters, with the film making little effort to do anything with them let alone develop them, and dialogue that is both insipid and cheesy with a constantly awkward flow. As well as the doesn't-even-reach-workmanlike, actually pretty pedestrian, direction, that fails to give any urgency or tension.
Both are severely lacking in the story. So is the suspense, fun and thrills. Really liked the concept and it is sad that they had something that seemed different and clever on paper, but was executed so predictably and by the numbers. The action is unexciting, random and confused, with some haphazard editing, while the scares, fun and suspense are not there in any shape or form and the film is instead predictable, dull and overboard dumb.
Unfortunately, the titular characters fare no better. They exude very little menace, fun or coolness. They didn't to me have much personality and were used pretty poorly. Best not mentioning the deplorable look of them, the visual asset that comes off the worst in a film where only the scenery is acceptable.
Overall, terrible. 1/10
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