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Vanguard [DVD]

Karen Admiraal , Jack Bailey , Matthew Hope    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Karen Admiraal, Jack Bailey, Ray Bullock Jr., Emma Choy, Bahi Ghubril
  • Directors: Matthew Hope
  • Producers: Matthew Hope, Robert Henry Craft, Steve Dann
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D07Q6M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,966 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Horror set in a world where the human race is on the verge of extinction after the world's fuel reserves have almost entirely depleted. In an attempt to control the rising human population, an organisation known as The Corporation manufactures a lethal drug. Unfortunately, the drug doesn't work as intended and instead transforms humans into primitive ape-like creatures known as Biosyns. The Biosyns are virtually blind and rely on their sense of hearing and smell to survive. Max (Ray Bullock Jr.) is a young man who lives on his own in the wilderness. He spends most of his days fighting the Biosyns in order to preserve his own existence. The Corporation views Max as a serious threat to the world it's created and sends a group of genetically-engineered soldiers known as Trackers to kill him and eliminate the Biosyns.

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The year is 2015 and overpopulation and famine have plunged our planet into chaos and one desperate survivor finds himself being hunted and pursued by hordes of rage-crazed zombies.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Steer clear of this one 17 May 2009
I don't think I've ever been so disappointed with a purchase. The Vanguard is unbelievably awful. I kept watching, waiting for the pace to quicken, waiting for something to happen, waiting for the story to go somewhere- but then it ended.

I'm sure there was a good idea in there somewhere, at some point.

The idea of overpopulation, lack of oil and zombie outbreak all rolled into one film sounded intriguing. However, for the first half hour, we watch a man (i.e. The Vanguard) wondering around in the middle of a forest, occasionally provoking zombies in order to study them. In the next half hour, he meets an army rescue team who join him in wondering around the forest aimlessly, arguing now and then. The final half hour goes something along the lines of how the group get bored and turn on each other.

The Vanguard tries to justify the fact that nothing happens with a droning, mono-toned voiceover, detailing all the death and destruction that's taken place before-hand; this quickly becomes incredibly irritating.

Other than this, The Vanguard has several other irritating factors: The acting is painful to watch, the limited dialogue sounds as if it were written by a 5 year-old and the director has absolutely no idea how to shoot a horror film. Don't even get me started on the 'zombies'. Let's just say that a zombie costume should consist of more than face-paint, contact lenses and ripped clothes. (In one particularly embarrassing scene, you actually see a zombie's make-up running as the actor begins to sweat.) Honestly, zombie effects were 10 times more effective than these in the 60s.

Ultimately, The Vanguard is a boring, embarrassing and disappointing mess. Try not to be fooled, as I was, by the decent production values- they reach the furthest extremities of false marketing. If you're after a decent low-budget zombie movie, go for Danny Boyle's classic 28 Days Later or even the surprisingly effective remake of Dawn Of The Dead.
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By Ben
I hate to stereotype low budget films such as this one but unfortunately if you have no money to spend on special effects, make up, music, video editing or other essential extras you really need to rely on a strong script and good acting.( perhaps and up and rising actor?)
Unfortunately this is not the case as I could not get into the film at all and found none of the characters believable.
If anything there was times when I was left confused by the script, 'Rage crazed zombies' would bizzarly run past humans even after spotting them, characters said things that made no sense, the main character who is deaf speaks perfect english which is bizarre as in the first 40 minutes he says nothing at all, I even saw 2 cameramen in the background of just one scene.
As for the ending it was just as disappointing as the film.

There are so many problems with this film I would recommend giving this a miss unless you want to find out for yourself.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 19 April 2009
I am a lover of zombie films especially the of the italian kind. I found this film to be a bit slow really with not enough gore. It's ok for a low budget first film, but the pace of the story doesn't quite move quick enough. A promising start but expecting more for the next film. For now, i'd buy a romero film instead!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and impressive 11 July 2009
Really enjoyed this film. It's flawed, especially in the middle where the pace drags a bit, but there are so many entries into this genre I was just impressed to see someone trying to do something a bit different with it. The characters are interesting, Ray Bullock Jnr gives a really amazing performance as the lead and the film looks great.

While a bigger budget would've helped the size and scope of the film that's no reason not to try and tell a story like this and as far as I'm concerned I'm really glad they did. Originality is scare these days, about as scarce as British genre films, and I think it should be applauded wherever possible.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Expected 29 Sep 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
The Vanguard is the story of civilization in the near future; a world where governments have collapsed, and "Biosyn" zombies roam the world, outnumbering surviving humans.

The movie focuses on Max (played by Ray Bullock Jr.), a deaf survivor who is holed up in the middle of the woods. We are treated to the manner and lengths Max must go to survive. Ray soon stumbles into a corporation soldier and two resistance fighters. It is here that the story takes off.

For a lower budget flick, The Vanguard features a very immersive and fresh story. The acting is very good, and Ray Bullock Jr. is a real pleasure to watch. He carries the film well for the first thirty minutes, creating a very believable character and a very believable predicament. Emma Choy also adds a sturdy performance as Rachael.

The action is fierce and enjoyable, with flashes of gore. But, with that said, the gore is not overdone to the extreme. You will find plenty of blood, and plenty of satisfying battles with the zombies, but nothing that causes you to turn your head away from the film.

Despite all The Vanguard's good points, it does have several minor flaws, preventing it from being as good as it could have been. The story lulls a bit at times, but not so much that you want to give up on the film. The story also can be unclear at times, but I didn't find this to be too annoying. After all, the film is set in the future; a future where many things have changed and there is much we must be informed about.

Fans of horror, action and zombie flicks should definitely check out this movie. It is a film with some very memorable scenes, and a movie that just might be better the second time around.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A film for people that like lots of trees in films. 24 Mar 2010
By R. Diamond - Published on
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I'm sad to say I actually own this one.
After reading reviews on Amazon about this movie I had decent expectations for this film. Many reviewers have described this as a post apocalyptic zombie film. It really could just be a nutter that runs around the woods with hatchets killing everyone he comes across and we just see everything through his deluded mind. We may never know for sure.

The acting in this film is bad. Even the actors playing zombies are really bad at it.

The cinematography is boring. Trees, lots and lots of trees.

There is no plot to speak of.

The early scene with the main character riding a kid's bike through the woods was just embarrassing.

Nothing about this film is memorable...other than it was bad. I'm slowly recovering by watching actual zombie movies.

I'm not sure why they bothered with the refugees from the Road Warrior, perhaps they wandered onto the wrong set and the director said "what the hell, let's put `em in the flick". They really served no purpose and actually slowed the movie down.

Very little here for the zombie fan. There are a handful that do very little. I believe they were tossed in as a marketing ploy.

Very little here for the post apocalyptic fan. Unless, "post apocalypse" means "trees" to you.

I'm pretty sure the 5 star ratings on here are from people related to the making, marketing, or cast of the film.

Did I mention this film was bad?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars if you like the road, you will like this 11 April 2013
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If you liked the road, you will like this. It's good, interesting with a twist. Please note not a happy feel good movie.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good film, assuming the viewer isn't a moron 9 Oct 2008
By Mike Bartlett - Published on
THE VANGUARD, Matthew Hope's feature debut, is a very enjoyable and highly original film. It's good to see other directors out there at least trying to make original and fresh films, and who have distinctive voices in the genre.

If you like slow paced, cerebral films like Martin and the original The Vanishing then this film will appeal to you. However there is a fairly sizeable chunk of horror fans out there who will just say the film is boring and unoriginal, mainly because their A.D.D. minds are unable to see the depth of the script below the surface level; thus they walk away thinking it's a bunch of zombies in the woods, and believe me it is so much more than that. If you're one of these people you won't enjoy the film - my advice would be to go watch one of those pathetic '8 films to die for' after dark movies - they would be right up your street.

For the rest of us, who can spot a good movie when we see one - THE VANGUARD is a great piece of Post Apocalyptic entertainment. Well done Matthew Hope and team. I look forward to seeing your next film.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Max versus the zombies 15 Feb 2011
By Shaun G Rodriguez - Published on
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I'm sorry but this was a great zombie movie. If you are a true zombie fan this will make a great addition to your collection. This reminded me of mad max with zombies. It's funny but the main character is named Max as well. Maybe it isn't a coincedence. This movie takes place in the future and oil once again is the cause for the distruction of the world. A virus is let loose and all hell breaks loose. The movie doesn't have a lot of dialoge and there is not a lot of action. Then what makes this a great film? Well this is a film that requires some thinking. I'm sorry I probably lost some of you who love endless, pointless violence. The movie expects you to chose who is worse the zombies or the humans? The humans are just as savage and seem to kill more than the zombies do. The movie expects you to see mankind completely lost and becoming more like the zombies and less human. Even Max is having trouble figuring out who is more evil man or the zombie. This is a great film it makes you actually think of man as the monster instead of the zombie. If you love zombie movies this one is unique and would not be a waste of time. If you expect tons of violence then don't waste your time on this film. The violence is there and it is pretty gory at times, but it isn't pointless violence like most zombie movies.
There seem to be a lot of people who don't understand zombie movies. They expect night of the living dead over and over again. If that was the case zombie movies whould have died out in the 80's. It is exciting to view a different take on zombies, and this film is exactly what it is. A different take on zombies.
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