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5.0 out of 5 stars danny dyer
cant falt danny dyer in alot of his films this is a good one craig fairbrass plays a good part in it aswell worth a watch
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2.0 out of 5 stars British zombies check dictionary for meaning of derivative
There's a decent idea buried somewhere in this film and there are fair performances from the cast. However, there's a big problem which lies squarely with the script. Taking ideas and plot lines from various other films does not result in a good movie. Nor does adding actors from other zombie/apocalypse films for no reason.

In short, a dodgy pharmaceutical...
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by seun


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2.0 out of 5 stars British zombies check dictionary for meaning of derivative, 18 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Devil's Playground [DVD] (DVD)
There's a decent idea buried somewhere in this film and there are fair performances from the cast. However, there's a big problem which lies squarely with the script. Taking ideas and plot lines from various other films does not result in a good movie. Nor does adding actors from other zombie/apocalypse films for no reason.

In short, a dodgy pharmaceutical company has tested 30,000 people with an experimental drug. Several weeks later, all bar one (Myanna Buring playing pretty much the same role she had in Neil Marshall's Doomsday) are infected with a zombie like disease which turns them into the infected from 28 Days/Weeks Later and gives them the ability to free run like that guy in Casino Royale. Remember that? That was good, wasn't it? I wish they'd make another Bond film. Daniel Craig is a great Bond...Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. Said dodgy company who aren't the Umbrella Corporation from Resident Evil (not at all) send hardman Craig Fairbrass (not related to the two guys from Right Said Fred) after Myanna to find out why she's not infected and if she possesses a cure. Meanwhile, Myanna's boyfriend Danny Dyer, his mate (Sol from Doomsday, the camper from the opening scene from Dog Soldiers and one of the Crawlers from The Descent - spotting a pattern?) and a couple of pointless characters are hiding in a garage/workshop probably belonging to the director's brother. Once everyone meets up, it's time to get to da choppa without being eaten.

Like I said, there's a decent idea in here, but it's lost in a mish mash of scenes from several other films and it's definitely not helped by the use of actors from other, better films. Seeing Sean Pertwee in this for all of five minutes just reminded me how great Dog Soldiers and Doomsday were.

Give Devil's Playground a watch if you don't have anything else available and you keep your expectations extremely low. Then watch Doomsday and 28 Days Later to see how it should be done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dyers got fairbrass, 11 Jan 2012
A pharmaceutical company called N-Gen tests a new drug on 30,000 poor mugs which goes a tad wrong, turning them all into zombies of some kind. All except one lucky lady (she should do the lottery this week) who shows no sign of turning into a labour mp,oops sorry i mean zombie. Anyway N-Gen think she may be immune so send their top man (Fairbrass) to track her down and bring her back to see if she holds the key to a cure. Meanwhile the zombies do what they do best and start infecting everyone by biting them which turns their victims into zombies too. Somewhere during all this she meets her ex boyfriend (Dyer) who happens to be a copper who is currently suspended for a reason which is of no real consequence but probably to show he has depth. They then meet up with a few others who decide that getting to a helicopter is the best solution of getting out of town. So do they escape? Does the girl save the day? Or is it all you can eat at the local kebab house?
The films plot is sort of a mash up of 28 days later, Outbreak, Resident Evil and any zombie film to be honest. there can't be many ways of turning people into zombies so fresh plot ideas are in short supply with zombie films.
This doesn't make it a bad film, far from it. The acting is of a standard you would expect with our so called b list actors, ok so Sean Pertwee is a bit above that but does not have enough screen time in the film to warrant too much of a mention.
You do get a few jumps and frights and the gore level is pretty good, the characters are generally the usual bunch of misfits with their petty squabbles getting in the way of the real problems they face, i think only Fairbrass character comes away with a slight realism, a security guard with an obvious ex military past constantly getting fed up with the group of civvies.
Its worth watching just for the fact if you like zombie type films then you will get something out of it even if it won't knock Dawn of the Dead off its perch in your collection.
A worthy 3 stars and a little bit more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Must try harder (but not much), 30 Dec 2011
This review is from: Devil's Playground [DVD] (DVD)
Somewhere, someone said something like, "Hey, everyone loves zombies, right? And the Resident Evil films were successful. What about if we mix it with 28 Days/Weeks Later? We can't lose!"

Whoever said that lost.

The Devil's Playground doesn't so much as play homage to other (zombie/infection) movies as simply rips them off. It's mainly Resident Evil meets 28 Days/Weeks Later, but watch out for plot elements ripped right out of I Am Legend and various scenes re-worked from Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Night of the Living Dead.

London is overrun with zombies who don't just run like the modern crop seem to do these days, but also pirouette, somersault, bounce off walls and hang upside down from vans to peer in the sliding door (as opposed to simply looking inside said open sliding door). They've come a long way from Romero's `shufflers' - seriously, these guys are more graceful in the air than a ballerina. Plus, instead of just killing and eating people, they go as far as to `strike a pose' every time they enter a room, just for added menace (and to give any major characters a fair chance at running/clobbering them).

Talking of main characters - it's like a C-list of British action heroes, none of which have obviously ever seen a zombie movie, as it takes most of the film to figure out the ol' `destroy the brain' way of killing them. Danny Dyer and Craig Fairbrass fight it out for `most cockney hero' title. The leading lady spends most of her time looking frail and meek (certainly no Milla Jovovich here!). The rest of the cast just try too hard. They're a mixture of stereotypes who, if cast as `b*tchy' is UBER b*tchy, if cast as `lovable' is UBER lovable and so on. Poor Jamie Murray - she's worth so much more.

At the end of the day The Devil's Playground is quite nicely shot, but ultimately a student movie (albeit one of the better ones) with plenty of badly computer-generated smoke rising up from burning London.

If you like zombie movies, you will probably dislike this. If you already dislike the genre, this one won't win you round. There's nothing new here, just a badly-acted copy of a mish-mash of better works. Advice: stick on a Romero film, 28 Days Later, or, if you fancy something more `popcorn' a Resident Evil flick.

Oh, and note to film-makers - deserted streets of London are no longer creepy seeing as 28 Days Later did it almost ten years ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 28 days later clone, 5 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Devil's Playground [DVD] (DVD)
There is really nothing wrong with this movie except that its all been done before. The only thing original for me was the use of free runners as the infected, their behaviour was like that of a pack of manic baboons and really quite effective and to the director's credit was not overdone. It took the hero/villain Craig Fairbrass too long to figure out that headshots were the most effective, has he never been to the cinema? Danny Dyer takes a lot of flak but there was nothing wrong with his performance at all and it was nice to see the return of MyAnna Buring (the cute innocent one from 'Lesbian Vampire Killers') as the female lead. The director has done a good job with what was obviously a low budget but this just needed a better script. Even Romero's plots are getting a little tired but he has done a few now. A debut zombie type film needs to have an original and fresh approach and sadly this wasn't it. If this is your particular genre then you won't be too disappointed but rent it first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to desribe this film..., 28 Jun 2011
This review is from: Devil's Playground [DVD] (DVD)
Well, it's not, as unbelievably bad sums it up rather well. Unfortunately it isn't very descriptive.

Another reviwer said proof on solid acting is having a tear in your eye - guess all babies are oscar-winning material then...

No point describing the movie. It's been done before.

Resident evil it isn't.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID @ ALL COSTS.......0/10 IT'S DYER !!!, 31 May 2014
BAD...BAD...BAD.....
BAD SCRIPT..
BAD DIALOG
BAD ACTING
BAD EFFECTS
I LOVE DANNY IN MOST OF HIS FILMS....

BUT THIS IS DYER..!!....NUFF SAID...
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3.0 out of 5 stars could be better, 27 May 2014
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two things about some zombie movies one when a outbreak starts why do building blow up and two why do some zombies jump over cars,walls etc,this film could have been a lot better,good story blood and guts,dont know if i would class a zombie film
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3.0 out of 5 stars Parkour zombies..., 25 May 2014
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What's scarier than a mindless zombie chasing you down to eat your flesh? A mindless zombie that jumps and does a flip off the wall while chasing you down of course...

A thoroughly average zombie flick that pushes all the familiar switches and cliches. Nothing new but enjoyable if you know what you're expecting going in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Badly acted badly scripted its so s*** it's good, 12 May 2014
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Good story could have been better acted but if you like forests you will love this because everyone in it is so wooden it's funny. Danny dyer although I do love his films is in brilliant wooden form just like his role in Eastenders. And let's not forget Craig Fairbrass who is a lot more believable as the movie hard man but then that's what he's famous for.
Overall at the low price your paying it's worth the spend even if you only watch it once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars danny dyer, 30 Mar 2014
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cant falt danny dyer in alot of his films this is a good one craig fairbrass plays a good part in it aswell worth a watch
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