When I hear about a Found Footage movie that has an impressive budget of $9,500,000 ( estimated ) I drop what I’m doing ( unless I’m holding a baby! ), and dive straight in!
Re-Kill is the latest horror/science fiction offering from director Valeri Milev – known for relatively timid film offerings like Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014), Code Red (2013) and Pechalbata (2001).
But a budget of over 9 million is a pretty awesome starting point for a Found Footage movie right?
Surely this was going to be his moment in the sun????
I don’t want to be mean here but…much like everything else Milev has attempted on the big screen – this was shite!
It’s hard to pinpoint where a horror flick based on zombies with a 9M budget can go wrong – but this managed it big time!
I’m struggling to get my head around some ( if not all ) of the decisions made by the folks in charge of screenplay. I suppose you have to see it to believe it really.
85% of the world’s population has bit the dust due to a zombie outbreak 5 years ago. These zombies are referred to as ‘Re-Ans’ for some unknown reason ( what’s wrong with ‘Zombies’ or ‘The Undead’? ).
Most urban areas on Earth are uninhabitable but the cities that do boast dwellers are patrolled by the R-Division.
This is a bunch of S.W.A.T. candidates that go out every evening wiping out the urban Re-Ans community.
The post-apocalyptic world has a television show, Re-Kill, which is basically a reality show that follows the R-Division around.
The film is shot through the camera lenses of this reality show.
Action With no Substance
I felt the makers of the film knew they were ‘flogging a dead horse’ halfway through and decided to make up for it by stuffing in as many action scenes as possible.
This sounds like a pretty cool blueprint for a film but I’m afraid nearly every production decision seemed to be the wrong one!
To be honest I think the fake commercial breaks were the best part of the film. They seemed to be well thought out with a large slice of futuristic dark humor thrown in there.
The film itself was the complete opposite of these commercial breaks – nothing seemed thought out and the cheesiness just kept on coming.
Screenplay was poor, acting was B grade at best and the plot holes nearly swallowed up my PC screen!
The constantly moving and shaking camera is not always able to properly capture the action for the audience – and the guy in charge of editing didn’t really do the viewer any favors either!
I have noticed a few other reviews of this movie floating about at the moment but I advise you not to pay too much attention to them – the reviewers have obviously been provided with a generous screener copy as a sweetener ( how can you possibly give this movie an 8 out of 10 rating? ).
This is not a good movie – regardless of how high the the film crew and sponsors have rated it on IMDb.
Unfortunately we live in a time where the internet is relatively easy to manipulate and that’s exactly what’s happened here.
At the end I was left asking myself one question…
Where the hell did the $9 million end up going?
Your guess is as good as mine!