Film #2: WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
2.5 out of 5 stars
These days, zombie films are both plentiful and, well… terrible. Contrived plots, ridiculous bits of decision-making, and over the top gore are mainstays of the sub-genre. Sadly, most people playing in the Undead Sandbox are content to do little more than make and remake George Romero movies. So, out of the box, WYRMWOOD director / writer, Kiah Roache-Turner deserves kudos for not making the same ol’ – same ol’ and trying something different. The sad thing is… the plot of WYRMWOOD is so all over the place as to be distracting. Mix 28 DAYS LATER “fast zombies” with a little ROAD WARRIOR-era George Miller cinematography, add a Peter Jackson-era BAD TASTE sensibility, and gently toss with The Spierig Brothers’ UNDEAD and you have a pretty good idea of what we’re talking about here. Now, that’s not to say there isn’t a ton of interesting tidbits in the script. The whole “zombie gasoline” thing is inventive… as is the “controlling zombies” idea, but there is so much other stuff – confusing and/or superfluous nonsense – that falls flat that one leaves the film’s viewing feeling disappointed. Add to that the fact that this is a BLATANT first film in a proposed series and we’re left with something fairly inconsequential. I do think Roache-Turner has an interesting film career ahead of him as the high points in this film do end up outweighing the low. I just think that, if you’re going to work within a well-worn genre (like zombies), you absolutely NEED to bring something unique to the table. Worth seeing for the cool stuff, but know that its overall impact is not what it should be. A solid “get together and drink with my buddies” movie.