A review by Wee Willie Wicked
Released in 2010, Zombie Allegiance is far from your standard big budget zombie fare. And, considering the film's budget, this clown's red nose goes off to the maker for at least attempting to cram, as the film synopsis implies, psychosis, genocide, and cannibalism into a 92 minute post nuclear apocalyptic tale that takes a different direction. However, this reviewer also wishes he could say the money was well spent creating a coherent story, but he can't. Nonetheless, in all fairness, film making is a learning process and writer / director Tony Nunes certainly shows potential.
Saul (Rich Tretheway) has survived the world's post World War III downturn, staking claim and making a home at a nondescript out of the way farm in Connecticut not far from the Rhode Island border. Relatively safe from both looters (referred to as vigilantes) and zombies alike, Saul is accompanied by George (Andre Boudreau), a middle aged man whose fractured delusional mind has him thinking he is the President of the United States. While George toils away in delusions of grandeur, giving political speeches to no audience, Saul concentrates on collecting necessities, keeping them alive and cautiously aiding those found along the way.
While out scouting, Saul runs across Josh (Brandon Louis Aponte), an ex-cop who has been struggling on his own for some time and initially isn't so trusting, but aids nonetheless and eventually the two become right hand men and trusted leaders. Other survivors join and they become a clan, joining forces in diligence and awareness of not only the standard zombie threat, but the vigilantes who will stop at nothing to murder and obtain everything too.
Inevitability strikes as George falls farther into political madness, lending cred to the film's title, and a battle, for lack of a better word, with a gang of vigilantes ensures. One by one death strikes leading to the film's climax of Saul and George turning on one another. And then there were none.
Having a small amount of gore, some quite realistic, is a bright spot in this “B“ flick and a gratuitous, voluptuous topless scene fits well. But a horrible necrophiliac scene having George easily wrestling a zombie into submission for a bout of constituent love goes, in this reviewer's opinion, way too far. There are story flow and pace issues that are never corrected cementing the audience into pondering more questions than answers; specifically, why there are left field scenes having the actors quoting literary giants such as Poe and Shakespeare and why does Saul keep zombies chained up in the barn? The latter had Saul attempting numerous times throughout the film to explain but could never fully express, leading the audience to assume one single thing, that they are there simply humor George and play into his psychological state. This makes sense, however, the former question purely alludes any explanation.
On the contrary, both Saul and Josh are equally strong leads and the script isn't terrible, but far too much time is spent trying to develop George's demented insane character, never coming full circle, and this yanks the audience away from the overall tale. Coincidentally, Jen (Jennifer Kimmerle) is the strongest female character.
Typical zombie flicks have ruthless, strong and scary zombies themselves as the primary threat and utilize them to play on audience fear. However, in Zombie Allegiance, fear never seems to strike, especially with every character appearing unemotional, detached and unfazed at the whole situation. Films are supposed to have emotion and feeling and by eliminating this fundamental film concept, boredom is the most frightful thing here.
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