Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (Ryan Thompson, 2011)
I loathed Zombie Apocalypse; in my review of that one, I said (and Amazon saw fit to quote), “There is not a single thing about this movie that might make you want to watch it.” And yet I just found myself watching the sequel, Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption, the lowest-rated movie on my Netflix queue. I was entirely unsurprised at how awful this movie was; it is, in fact, even worse than Zombie Apocalypse. What did surprise me, however, is the ways in which it was awful. Redemption has sweet FA to do with the original movie. Now, had Ryan Thompson learned a few things about how to make movies between filming the first one and filming the second, that might have been a good thing. Unfortunately, he didn’t.
Plot: Redemption takes place in the same universe as the original film, at some point in the future, after someone (it is never explained who) has decided to bomb the planet in order to get rid of the zombie problem. As a side effect, this has turned most of the planet’s surface into a desert wasteland where bands of survivors prey on one another for food, water, and other supplies while avoiding the zombies that remain. Knox (Whip It‘s Johnny Gel), a former military man and former raider, finds himself taken in by a band of survivors led by the enigmatic Moses (M*A*S*H‘s Fred Williamson, who looks damn good for being over seventy). Unfortunately, the leader of his former crew, Rome (The Spirit of Mumbai‘s Jerry Lynch), will stop at nothing to retrieve his former employee…and anyone who gets in the way can be considered collateral damage, living or undead.
There’s really nothing to say about this movie other than “it’s godawful.” As with the first film, every last aspect of it—the acting, the direction, the lighting in the interior scenes, the soundtrack, anything else you would consider while thinking about making a movie—ranges from substandard to downright inept. I considered on a number of occasions simply turning this off while not intending to come back to it, something I have only done with a handful of movies over the course of my movie-watching career (my spreadsheet isn’t complete by any means, but as of now it lists 3,507 movies; I have abandoned less than ten). This is the closest I have come in a great while. One of the worst movies I have ever seen. (zero)
Trailer. If you dare.