Title: Zombie 108

Also known as:
Z-108 qi cheng (Original title)

Year: 2012

Genre: Horror / Zombie / Action

Language: Mandarin

Runtime: 88 min

Director: Joe Chein

Writer: Joe Chein

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2328841/

Plot:
SWAT and the Army is trying to evacuate a city when a virus is spreading. Gangs refuse to listen to the authorities, and decide to fight back and stay in their city. Slowly the virus turns the citizens to zombies, and the odds of surviving is marginally less with each infected person.

Our Thoughts:
It's with enthusiasm I sit down to watch "Zombie 108", even though the genre itself has made me vomit in my own mouth several times. For whatever reason, this would hopefully be entertaining and less typical zombie bullshit. Blending the standard city-under-infection with some "Resident Evil"-esque experiments and adding a little exploitation DOES make this a pretty entertaining movie. But great?

Infection spreads, evacuation occurs, zombies rise. That's the plot outline. When authorities are trying to evacuate the infected city, the gangs start up a war against them - they won't leave their city. It's not until later that "Zombie 108" stands out a bit from the usual stuff, even if just slightly. We're introduced to some strange characters, especially a weird man with a Leatherface-like face who performs experiments on zombies, and is a huge effin' sleazeball (as seen later on when he injects a girl because he wants to try to have sex with a zombie).

I wasn't bothered at all that the movie is flawed in some of the story, zombie development, and such, because we understand soon enough that it's going for action-filled entertainment and not brain. It's good that it manages to establish that early on, and it helps that there are some more-or-less comedic scenes through the movie. It doesn't manage to be a thrill ride, though, and in the best cases it's "fun" at best. What does work in the movie, though, is that it offers entertaining practical effects, some alright zombie scenes, exploitation elements and some mutated zombies. It works, but it leads me to a mute point - did I like or dislike the movie overall? I simply don't know.

The exploitation part of it definitely helped. The weird man with a scarred face (or was that a mask?) brings us some interesting scenes, such as his weird setup of zombies walking in circles. I can't hate this part of the movie because it's where we see most of the tits that the movie has to offer. I was surprised at how many boobies we're exposed to ("exposed to", as if it's a bad thing, hah) and yes, we do see some zombie boobies. Even though the make-up was dark, it's there (squint if you have to!). Adding this to the movie (not just the boobs, but the exploitation overall) gives it a slightly more retro feeling and cheesiness that I accept with open arms. That we later on also see a fat man mutate into something straight out of "Resident Evil" adds to the campiness.

Most of the effects are practical, and most of those look pretty solid. I don't have a general problem with the zombies at all, other than the eyes on some of them. There is CGI in here as well, but usually it's handled pretty well except for the CGI blood. I have never understood the point of CGI blood because that must be the most simple effect to do the practical way.

I can't decide what my actual opinion on "Zombie 108" is. I know I didn't love it, but I certainly didn't hate it either. It didn't leave a bad taste in my mouth, but we've been through similar movies so many times before. Decent effects and some creative moves helps me enjoy it more, though. There are way worse zombie movies out there, so if you are a fanatic then give it a shot. If you're a general horror fan with a similar opinion on the zombie genre as me, then you don't need to feel obligated to watch this. I don't feel like my time was wasted and that should be a compliment.


Positive things:
- Adding some exploitation.
- A few creative moves.
- Alright effects and zombies.

Negative things:
- CGI blood.
- It doesn't step away from the genre enough.
- Sort of confusing in terms of who to root for.

Rating:
Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 2.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 2/5

We got this movie from:
Facebook.com/Zombie108

It can be bought from:
Amazon.co.uk

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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