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Damn poor excuse for a zombie film!,
This review is from: House Of The Dead [DVD] (DVD)
I had heard of the numerous poor reviews for this movie but rented it anyway as I was a fan of the arcade game and wanted to see for myself what it was like. Several times I almost turned it off, only forcing myself to watch the ending to get what little value for money there was to be had. To begin with the film has nothing to do with the game, instead there was some garbled nonsense of soem Spaniard from several centuries ago killing the crew of a ship to land upon an island where he began to reanimate the dead.
Added to this the characters were truly forgetable, none of them offered any empathy with each other, let alone the audience and none of them could act. The dialogue was laughable, the camera work painful to endure as the director attempted to copy Matrix only to fail in whatever intent he attempted to capture. The zombies themselves were not scary or realistic and it never ceased to amaze me how well a group of people who had never handled a weapon could so easily use a variety of powerful military issue guns and not miss. Also in every other zombie film made it takes a hell of a lot to kill one as they are already dead and yet many went down wuth a single bullet or stab wound to the chest. I particularly liked the skill that the heroine employed with a sword at the end of the film despite the fact few in real life could use a sword for more a few seconds without cutting some part of their body off in the process.
In short everything about this film was wrong. Why SEGA wanted their name plastered all over the beginning of it is a mystery in itself for few would want to be associated with this travesty.