The Last of the Living

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A contagious virus has turned most of the living population of the planet into those that walk without a pulse and the last hope for mankind may lie in the hands of three lazy couch potatoes whose only real desire is to surf from one mansion to the next while stopping in between only to loot whatever their hearts desire.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that New Zealanders really, really do not like zombies. Why would I say such a thing? Well, maybe because I’ve never seen a Kiwi zombie film and the first one I happen to check out contains some very serious zombie beatings, I’m talking Mob like beating, beatings that would make Al Capone proud. I’m sure they could get some sharpened weapons or maybe even a gun and just take us out quick, but they go straight for the blunt objects, choosing instead to beat the hell out of any shamblers the come across. There might be a few instances of quick zombie deaths but not many. My advice to you if you happen to be among the living dead and traveling around New Zealand…wear a helmet.

The Last of the Living starts out after the zombie apocalypse has already occurred and most of world is completely devoid of living, breathing humans. The story focuses on three of those who survived the zombie onslaught and now spend their days roaming the cities searching for food, water, and DVD’s, all the while moving from one expensive mansion to another. The group includes nerdy Ash who would rather stay inside as much as possible, man whore Morgan who imagines himself to be the coolest human on the earth (even before the apocalypse), and former rocker Johnny who has a little bit of a hyper activity problem. Their lives are turned upside down when they run into a woman who may have the cure to turn those not already too far gone back into normal humans. They now have the daunting task of protecting their new companion and getting their cure to a small island without turning into zombie chow first, not to mention fighting their impulse to steal any goodies along the way.

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{Very clean looking for surviving the end of the world}

I didn’t have too much hope for this movie walking into it, but I walked away pretty impressed. The story was half way decent (who really goes to see a zombie movie for the story anyways, jeez), the makeup and effects are done well, and the acting isn’t too bad (not everything it could be but for a B movie it was all right), but I’d have to say it was the dialogue that impressed me the most. They did a great job at the humor and banter between the characters, and rarely does the dialogue become overly cheesy. I wish the sound had been edited better though because the audio is a little off, but it was only a minor complaint.

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{You’re definitely going to want to hear the banter between these five (considering how often they talk to their car, the car counts as character number 5)}

The things that really bring this movie down are mainly little things, but added up they turn into something a little bigger. For instance, why is it that when total chaos ruled the streets for several weeks before the living were nearly wiped out the city looks nearly pristine? There are no overturned cars, no burned out buildings, and no gore covering the streets. There are also very few zombies roaming around for a city of several million. I’m not quite as well sure why it is that when one group of zombies will move with the same slow speed as we’re used to (you have no idea how hard it is to get your body going when your muscles have stiffened up and your blood stops pumping) another group will run nearly as fast as a car can drive, and I’m pretty sure that a group of people this slow and overly brazen (they choose to run in with baseball bats when the katana is sitting right there, God how I wish people were actually like that, I’ll take a baseball bat any day over a katana) would never have survived long enough to make it this far. There are a few more little things but I’m not going to go into them all, I’ll let you watch the movie and figure it out for yourself.

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{Okay, I’ll take the baseball bat as long as my hands aren’t tied behind my back}

In closing, I would recommend this one as a definite watch to the zombie fan, but the regular horror fan could probably pass. It’s not a must see, but a should see if you get the chance. As you can see from the brevity of the review, this is a movie that falls right in the middle of that not great but not bad grouping so there’s no rush to go out and see Last of the Living.

 

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Logan McMillian

Starring: Robert Faith (Sisterhood, The Holy Roller), Morgan Williams (Holy Roller), Ashleigh Southham

Released By: Gorilla Pictures and Quantum Releasing

Release Year: 2009

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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