DVD REVIEW: Kill Zombie!

When a Russian Space station crash lands on a city, a deadly virus spreads, turning the inhabitants into psychopathic flesh eaters. After spending the night safely locked up in a jail cell, two brothers and two crazy criminals emerge to find their hometown devastated, and at the centre of a zombie outbreak. When one of the brothers receives a cry for help from a survivor, they join forces with a local police officer and embark on a reluctant rescue mission, pitting their wits, and risking their lives against these mutant killers. Limbs will fly in this bloodthirsty battle between good and evil!  (from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment).

Okay, so I’ll kick off now by saying that I thought ‘Shaun of the Dead’ was original but over-rated, and I really loved ‘Zombieland’ – right, now you know the territory we are in. But I’ll start right now with the fact that I really like ‘Kill Zombie!’, or ‘Zombibi’ as it was originally titled. When you think Holland and genre cinema, only about 3 or 4 names jump out at you (headed by Rutger Hauer, Famke Janssen and Paul Verhoeven), so a zombie-comedy set in Holland where the band of protagonists include a couple of ghetto boys led by a blond female cop and a down-trodden Middle-Easterner was always going to be intriguing.

The film wastes no time getting to where it’s at. Aziz is a downtrodden office worker, plagued by an ass of a boss (they both share designs on the same office babe, Tess) and a good-time party boy, elder brother Mo, who just doesn’t take life seriously. In the same day, he gets fired (just as he’s making progress with Tess) and winds up in a police cell, along with a couple of local hoods whom Mo has upset. Overnight, they wake up to the reality that West Amsterdam has been turned into a zombie holocaust, and teaming up with the local (and pretty) arresting officer, try to get across town to the military safe zone by ‘jacking cars and making weapons at sports stores. But along the way, Aziz finds out that Tess is trapped alone in the air ventilation system in the upper floors of her office block, and sets about rescuing her…

Like ‘Shaun’, ‘Kill Zombie’ is funny, but not hilarious. The two homies are Wayans clones, so get most of the laughs, as does Aziz’s brother Mo. Gigi Ravelli is suitably physical as the police-woman, and look out for gung-ho Russian sergeant ‘Mad-Dog.’ The Zombies are done well, like ‘Zombieland,’ so you do get a sense that any of the characters can be genuinely killed in this story. There are some other great sideline characters too – check out the kebab-shop owning Barachi brothers in a great video game style segment! I think the directors Martijn Smits and Erwin van den Eshof must be big Tarantino fans, as there are a couple of lifts straight out of his movies, particularly Pulp Fiction, but that didn’t make me laugh any less. I probably should point out that this is a foreign-language film (i.e. subtitled), but the Dutch borrow heavily from common English slang, so you can enjoy the movie rather than reading all the subtitles, if subtitles aren’t your thing… in a market that is ever so slightly swamped with zombie content, this is worth a watch.

Released by Kaleidoscope, Kill Zombie! is out on DVD on the 17th Sep ’12.


Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: SilverFox

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