Devil's Playground fails to entertain,
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This review is from: Devil's Playground [DVD] (DVD)
My support for the UK film industry continued with my purchase of Devil's Playground, a 2010 British zombie movie starring Danny Dyer, Craig Fairbrass and MyAnna Buring.
Devil's Playground is an action horror that shamelessly steals elements from 28 Days Later, Resident Evil and Doomsday. The greatest point for me (other than the vastly underused MyAnna Buring) would be the zombies/ infected here. Like me, if you are used to your zombies bumbling along, a la Romero or even fast hyper-aggressive bitey zombies like in the remake of Dawn of the Dead, then Devil's Playground may come as a bit of a surprise; what we have here are parkour zombies!
Unfortunately, these super agile zombies are not exploited to their full potential. Not enough is made of the chase scenes in this movie and subsequently lets itself down on this particular aspect.
Brit horror staple Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) puts in a nice little turn here and Colin Salmon (Resident Evil) does corporate ruthlessness very well and a small role for Jaime Murray too. The film is effectively propped up by Fairbrass and Buring, two British actors who (along with the likes of Tamer Hassan) could really flourish in the right roles. Dyer once again is slotted in to a genre flick unnecessarily. To my mind, Dyer fits perfectly into the mockney gangster and cheeky chappy roles that he made a name for himself with but has as yet, failed to impress in roles in the horror genre of any significance.
There is very little more for me to say on Devil's Playground since the film lacks any real substance and is ultimately let down through what feels like sheer laziness. The plot is unoriginal, the dialogue is sub-standard, the characters are woefully under-developed and cliched; and the whole film rests on its low-budget set pieces and subsequently fails to hit the mark.