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Rise of the Zombies [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Okay, this movie is bad, but - come on - you already know that, don't you? With a title like `Rise of the Zombies' it's hardly trying to be Avatar. And it's not. It's not even just another lame entry into the seemingly never ending abyss of zombie movies out there at the moment. It's got to be one of the most awful attempts at a zombie film since `The Dead Next Door.' And why is it so bad? Because it tries to be good.

It has no real budget. The CGI effects are truly awful (your average commercial has a higher budget). And the actors can't act. And, those who can, are given so little to work with it becomes pointless even having them there.

It's about a zombie plague, blah, blah, blah in San Francisco where people have set up a camp on Alcatraz. Only it gets overrun (pretty easily, for the record) and they head to the city to try and find a cure. Along the way expect the usual zombie headshots, people getting bitten and idiots not doing the sensible things, allowing themselves to get bitten (only all with a really low budget).

Danny Trejo is the film's highlight, but he's woefully underused. Yes, this film is bad - its major flaw is that there are simply a hundred better zombie films out there. Even those other B-movie undead films which you've probably hated are better than this.

If you like zombie films, you'll probably have seen (and own) better than this. If you don't like zombies then this one won't win you over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
How do the careers of the likes of Mariel Hemmingway end up like this? Against my better judgement I purchased this on sale in a local store. It's like buying a lottery ticket, you hope for the best know it's a lost cause. There are some half decent scenes and it's chock full of B and C list celebs and to be fair I've seen worse. The production values however are poor. For example, the scene on the Golden Gate bridge.. The rails of the bridge wobble and in close up are obviously rough sawn fencing timber painted red! Zombie heads and faces are deathly blue/grey yet many maintain a healthy tan on hands and arms and the ceasarian is totally ridiculous. Yes it's low budget but really? It's easy to see how some of the abandoned street scenes were pulled off; people would have run from the streets to avoid being part of the shoot. What makes it look better than it is, is some half decent cinematography. I shouldn't expect much I know but I think that way this film trys to take itself seriously is what makes it sad. This is one of those movies that should sit at the back of a shelf till sheer desperation and boredom forces you to push play. Again, I v'e seen much worse and it does improve a little as it goes on but I should have known better. They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing and expecting a different result. If you're hard core or if you want to see the demise of a few acting careers give it a go. It's still a hell of a lot better though than the likes of 'Zombie Honeymoon' which should only be watched in bath with a toaster in your lap. Buyer beware.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2014
This was a pleasant surprise and it reminded me of the walking dead series only it had more gore scenes.
For a b-movie zombie flick it was very good especially in first half of the movie.
After a while it fell a little but it was never boring.
Just like zombie town and dead men walking and flight of the living dead it deserves a place in your dvd horror zombie collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I didn't realize this was an Asylum production until after I purchased it. That said, I was not disappointed. The action takes place San Francisco. It is implied that due to government cutbacks (blame the Tea Party first crowd) the water supply got infected which lead to the zombie outbreak. There is a group doing research on Alcatraz headed by Dr. Lynn Snyder (Mariel Hemingway). There is another guy trying to develop a vaccine at Berkley who makes regular transmissions. When zombies start floating up at Alcatraz, that forces the two groups to come together.

I like the zombie effects. We had the split in half crawling zombie; the limb out of joint zombie; a suicide zombie; a new born baby zombie; and an amputation to prevent infection. Being California, long handled tasers and not AR-15s are the weapons of choice versus zombies. There is a an over abundance of zombie action. In one weird unconvincing scene Hemingway pulls a knife on Trejo who then looked scared. The dialouge needed some improvement, but considering it was Asylum, I can't complain. The really bad special effect was the new born baby, which was obviously a doll from behind, and a several months old live baby from the front. It gave me a chuckle. Trejo's appearance is slightly more than a cameo.

Also known as "Dead Walking" this appears to be the opening of a series like "Walking Dead."

Parental Guide: TV-14. No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Plenty of zombie violence.
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Danny's not in this from start to finish but its still a very Solid little Zombie flick which does however show its limited budget,by at One point having the Group of Survivors in this Post Apocalyptic,Zombie Infested World,pass by a Bridge that clearly in shot has a stream off Motorist crossing it.For the most part though its worth A Watch.
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on 25 October 2014
could have been so much better from the constituent parts
effects and cast were fine, but the storyline had been chewed upon and on its way to being digested
an okay zombie movie if you're just passing some time, do not free an evening for it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2014
It's a good film, I enjoyed it.
Ok it's not World War Z and is a low budget film, the effects are pretty good, unlike most low budget films Danny Trejo works well in the film although he is not the main character.

The group of survivors are split into three groups leave Burton stays behind to try and find a cure while two groups go in land one try's to go sanctuary while the other go I search of a scientist. There's plenty of action and gore and in parts you do root for the characters.

Te acting is good unlike most low budget movies. The fight scenes are well rehearsed. The plot line is simple but that's what you want from a zombie film.

I gave it three stars because it's not brilliant but it's also not a rubbish movie.

I rented it and enjoyed it. So on that note make of what you will, but I'd say it's worth renting if your unsure about buying.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2013
Really disappointed with it to be fair was expecting more and the quality of the acting was really bad to sum up I made a bad choice in choosing this DVD.
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on 12 September 2014
Bad acting , bad effects .
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on 7 June 2015
Have seen better films
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