The Rezort (2015), 1hr 33min, Horror
“The ReZort, a safari park, offers paying guests the opportunity to kill as many zombies as they please following an outbreak.”
The zombie outbreak was safely squashed and life gets back to normal. But what if the most excitement you’ve ever had was killing zombies? You can relive that thrill as long as you can pay for it! What if you were so traumatized that you can’t function? You can start the healing process with a zombie safari!
What could go wrong?
If Jurassic Park is any indication, you will be trapped on an island full of zombies.
I liked this silly movie. Normally I’m not a huge fan of zombie movies – if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. But every once in a while, one pops up that’s just fun. I’m not saying it’s without its problems, but overall it was pretty good.
The thing that makes it for me is the various storylines, there’s a lot going on here. How does the world deal with the millions upon millions of people that were displaced during the outbreak? It’s a political disaster, of course. Then there’s our main character who’s suffering from PTSD and is thrown into another outbreak situation. Once again she has to make hard choices to survive. And something that is a first for me is the Zombies are People Too activist! Yes, I made up the name because I couldn’t remember what they were called, but as the name suggests, it is a group that questions the morality of canned zombie killing. The movie does a good job of giving a pretty well-rounded experience. Questions I had during, were answered by the end, and those ended up being satisfying and disturbing.
I admit I had problems with the zombies. They were way too smart, too cunning to be convincing as zombies. The zombies in The Walking Dead and Night of the Living Dead franchises work because they’re just hungry bags of flesh. The zombies in 28 Days Later and World War Z work because of the mindless rage. Both examples work through the idea that there is no higher brain function, only the impulse to kill.
The zombies in The Rezort are a combination of mindless and aware. Mostly they’re mindless, but if the set-up is there, like an ambush for instance, they manage to lie in wait and jump out at the appropriate moment. The movie would have been much better without these contrived instances. We know everything is going to go tits up, it’s a horror movie! Giving the zombies the ability to think (and recognize people) when it was convenient, tarnished the experience. With a little more imagination, the zombies could have been zombies without these forced instances.
I still like the movie, and it’s still fun, despite my zombie disappointment. I can definitely see myself watching it again. It’s available on Netflix, so go for it!