|SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (director/writer: George A. Romero; cinematographer: Adam Swica; editor: Michael Doherty; music: Robert Carli; cast: Alan Van Sprang (Sarge Crocket), Kenneth Welsh (Patrick O’Flynn), Kathleen Munroe (Janet/Jane), Devon Bostick (Boy), Richard Fitzpatrick (Seamus Muldoon), Athena Karkanis (Tomboy); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Paula Devonshire; Magnolia Pictures.; 2009)|
seems to have lost his touch doing zombie pics."
by Dennis Schwartz
failed zombie flick from zombie maven George A.
Romero ("Diary of the Dead"/"Night of
the Living Dead"/"Land of the Dead"). It's inertly
shot in Canada, with a mostly Canadian cast.
takes place in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak on
Plum Island, off the coast of Delaware. The
island consists of two strong-willed rival
O’Flynns and the Muldoons. The O'Flynn
patriarch, Patrick (Kenneth Welsh),
forms a clansman posse and kills all the undead until
stopped by Seamus (Richard Fitzpatrick),
the Muldoon patriarch. Seamus insists the undead are
to live imprisoned in chains and his hope is for a
future cure. At gunpoint, Seamus forces Patrick and a
few of his loyal followers to leave the island for
good on a rowboat. In retaliation, O'Flynn
uses a YouTube-like site to invite refuge seekers to
Plum Island under the guise the island has no zombies
to worry about.
in Philadelphia, six days after the zombies return, a
renegade band of soldiers, led by the tough guy Sarge
Crocket (Alan Van Sprang), revolt against their soft
commanding officer and, in a raid on the outskirts of
town, capture an unnamed teenage boy (Devon Bostick),
who tells them about O’Flynn’s video invitation. The
squad, who survive by robbing and killing zombies and
humans, consist of a woman soldier and three men. They
board the Plum Island ferry to seek shelter there but
O'Flynn's clan sent the message only to rob such
takers and attacks them. Both sides get into a
quayside shootout. The Sarge wins and sails to the
island, where he finds scores of zombies doing work
chores in the field while chained. When Patrick
returns to get even with Seamus, war breaks out
between the rival clans, the zombies, and the renegade
soldiers. It results in a bleak ending with no great
social conscience issues raised or resolved.
clumsily executed lumbering horror/sci-fi flick offers
strained mindless entertainment and no frightful
moments. Romero seems to have lost his touch doing
REVIEWED ON 10/1/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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