Zombies are on the loose and eating people in San Francisco like snacks. After hearing of a safe haven, a group of survivors decide that heading to Alcatraz Prison may be their best chance for survival. There they find scientists working to find a way of stopping the deadly zombie virus.
Mariel Hemingway (Dr. Snyder), Ethan Suplee (Marshall), LeVar Burton (Dr. Halpern), Danny Trejo (Caspian), Heather Hemmens (Ashley), French Stewart (Dr. Arnold), Chad Lindberg (Kyle), Madonna Magee (Vivian).
Rise of the Zombies begins immediately with a zombie chase, including cheesy special effects. The group of survivors quickly makes it to Alcatraz followed closely by the zombies who have now learned to swim or walk under water. For some reason Alcatraz was able to hold prisoners but is unable to keep the zombies out, so now the survivors must flee. From there the film pretty much turns into your run of the mill zombie flick.
Acting was decent as it should have been considering the names in this one, but they weren't enough to save the film. Hemingway was dry as usual. Suplee actually did fairly well in a serious role, as did Lindberg. Burton felt a bit out of place while Stewart made for an interesting antagonist. Trejo, Hemmens, and the remainder of the supporting cast was okay.
Camera work was a mix of good and bad. Some scenes were nicely done while many involving physical effects were poorly done. Sets and backgrounds were mild but fitting. Physical effects left something to be desired, as did much of the CGI. That said, the zombie makeup was pretty good with a nice variety of walking dead. Dialogue was simple, and lacking depth throughout. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
Overall Rise of the Zombies is a decent entry level zombie flick. Anyone who has ever seen another zombie flick though will probably be a bit disappointed.
With plenty of gore, violence, and some foul language save this for older teens and above.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Zombies, Horror, B-Movie Horror
copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel
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