Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Autumn (2009)

Fear 1/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 1/5
Creepiness 1/5

I think this movie is the straw that breaks the camel's back for me when it comes to recent zombie fare (unless of course your an 80's gem, chock full of cheesedick goodness: mira aqui). As most of us horror nuts know, this sub-genre is completely oversaturated and there is no shortage of films out there which stake claim to having some sort of originality or spin on the tale of the dead rising and taking to the streets. Don't be fooled fellow PoT followers. This film is just another in a long line of boring and completely pointless zombie films.

Autumn starts off in familiar territory: a group of survivors who've avoided a sweeping plague hole up in a safehouse trying to figure out their next move. Supplies grow short and an argument breaks out between folks who want to stay and others who want to leave and find another safe haven, which is (hopefully) complete with a stockpile full of life's essentials. A small group breaks away and heads out to the countryside where farms reside and ample supplies of both food and water can be found.

The rest of the film is typical zombie survival horror. They run out of supplies, go out to look for more, part of the group lead by an irrational ring leader, thinks they know what better to do, break off, and head in a different direction. Of course that group gets waxed.

The only thing that this film had going for it was its take on the zombie transformation process. At different stages they went from slow and lumbering and not caring about the humans around them (kind of like stumbling drunks more than anything), to complete corpse rotting and shift into hyper drive, blazingly fast and completely rabid zombies. I thought it was a pretty interesting take in that the process was slow and gradual, not immediate or instantaneous. But after the umpteenth time that the onscreen characters amaze and remark at their increased motor function and 'awareness', I completely lost interest. And the zombies only become super fast and aggravated when they heard noises or were exposed to some sort of light source. This, along with the cause of the virus, is never fully explained as to why.

The film also tried hard to provide a commentary on the valuation of life in general but I couldn't understand it because 1. half the time the dialogue was drowned out by the score and 2. the terrible editing and cuts from scene to scene were schizophrenic and completely incoherent. I had no idea what I was watching most of the time. And worst of all, there is absolutely no character development. If I'm spending an entire hour and a half watching people try and survive a zombie infestation, at least let me know something about the characters other than 'That chick is super nice or that guy is a douche'. Scratch that, the worst part about this film is that there is hardly any blood or gore. A cardinal sin for a zombie film.

Not even a surprise cameo by David Carradine (supposedly its one of his last roles) could save this jumbled mess. A complete waste of time. Avoid this film altogether.

Cortez the Killer


Matt-suzaka said...

That trailer is fucking weird, but slightly captivating. Thanks for the warning and for taking one for the team!

Cortez The Killer said...

Its what I do. It tries to be artsy fartsy in some points (hence the captivating trailer) but its a zombie movie for crying out loud. If I want Van Gogh, I'll go to a museum.