Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Movie Review # 9 Wasting Away ( a.k.a Aaah! Zombies!!)
Director: Mattew Kohnen (The Fan)
Writers: Mattew Kohnen, Sean Kohnen
Matthew Davis (Pearl Harbor, Legally Blonde, Blue Crush)
Colby French (Gross Pointe Blank, Eagle Eye, Changeling)
Richard Riehle (Glory, Office Space, Fear and Loathing, The Fugitive)
Rotten Tomatoes: n/a http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wasting-away/
IMDB: 5.7/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1027762/
Netflix: 3 Stars
Wasting Away or Aaah! Zombies!! what ever the title. Is one of those rare comedic gems that yells for a cult following. In the likes of Day of the Dead and Sean of the Dead both of which have a cult like status. This film should have one as well. I honestly had never heard of it and just happened upon it on Netflix. Seeing that my goal is to see 365 different films this year alone and review them. This was a perfect canidate and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
I know some purists of zombie lore and films will scoff that I recommend this film. But hell to each of them. I love my zombies as much as they do and seeing a story from their point of view. Well honestly it was needed and it is enjoyable. On Rotten Tomatoes 54% of the populace wants to see this. Well Rotten Tomatoes its out and its a pretty decent film. So here is the review of Aaah! Zombies!!
The film opens with a mad scientist who has developed a super soldier serum and you know what happens the volunteer becomes the first zombie. Well you see that first zombie ends up dead in the lab. But what happens next is straight out of classic b-films. As the serum is transported with labels saying baby forumula on them and another cliche occurs. A barrel get's loose and some hapless people are no zombies. This time by the barrels leaking its goo on to a box of dried ice cream parts.
Yes it is silly and yes it is cheesy but it is what makes this movie alluring. I won't spoil anymore than that. Other than to say this is a reverse Sean of the Dead. Where they think the world is infected and it is really them that are. Which leads to some hilarious moments through out. The comedy is dark and honestly very much slapstick. Everything from stumble gags to stage set's where you just go did that just happen as you giggle inside.
What sets this film apart from a majority of others is the cinematography. With half the movie shot in black and white and the other in color. Yea I know you going huh and what? Honestly it is needed folks. Color is the living world and the black and white is the dead world. Get it? Yeah it is cool is it not? Oh alright fine be that way you babies. So this might be the biggest complaint about the film. Is just that the color and black and white break up. I did not see a problem with it. But some will and will downgrade this all because of that.
What they wont is the acting as it hits the best of b-films. Some lines are silly others are brilliant and the actors sold what and believed in what they where doing. It comes across as film of passion and love from the director on down. I just hope that more directors and writers make films like this. They are fun and different and that is what is so great about film. Is that even today there are movies like no other and this is one of those films. So please check it out on Netflix and let's help the little guys.
My Rating: 3.75/5 Stars