Jeff GumJohnathon Schaech...
Hèctor Hernández Vicens
In 1 Cinema
Brownie mixes are a quick and easy way to have a treat ready for the kids, but couldn’t you always tell the difference as a child between homemade treats and readymade ones? Couldn’t you taste and smell the difference? Some say it’s the love and effort put in the baking. If that is true, then Day of the Dead: Bloodline is a cabbage mix soup that is old, worn-out, and simply not edible.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline is about a zombie apocalypse (you know, because that’s such an original premise), where survivors have fled to military bases/refugee camps and are attempting to survive. Med student Zoe (Sophie Skelton) was on the brink of getting raped when the zombie virus broke out, but she was able to make it to one of the camps. There she takes care of the other refugees and waits for a research breakthrough to counteract the zombie virus. On a run out of the camp, to find much needed antibiotics, Zoe meets her attempted rapist Max (Joseph Schaech), now turned zombie, or what the film calls “trotter”, and he manages to sneak back into the camp. Zoe finds out that the man who almost raped her is the key to developing the vaccine that could save the survivors.
First of all, zombie films are everywhere, so if you are making one, it needs to be somewhat new, in any aspect, and Day of the Dead: Bloodline isn’t.
Secondly, if you do not have an original plot then you probably should focus on what you do have, which is zombies that should be at least captivating and real. Instead the zombie scenes are so cheaply made, unreal and even comical. Thirdly, the few lines that are in the script are so dull, redundant and boring that the script does more damage than good to the film.
Finally, the acting was also no good. The character of Zoe is so mundane and uninteresting, which didn’t give Sophie Skelton much of a chance, and her performance sure did not help. She barely portrayed any emotions effectively, even at important times like while she was remembering her rape or while watching the man she loves on the brink of death. Joseph Schaech was a bit better and you could tell he actually had some acting skills but, given the fact that he is a zombie and can barely speak, we didn’t get much from him.
As a whole, the film is just lazy, disappointing, and comically bad!