Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's On Netflix: THE REZORT

Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we pick out a film or series currently playing on Netflix and review it for the viewers.  This week's selection is the zombie action movie, THE REZORT.

The ReZort, written by Paul Gerstenberger and directed by Steve Barker, has a familiar feel and premise. A very rich, successful business woman Valerie Wilton (Claire Goose) has taken a secluded tropical island and turned it into a very expensive and unique resort. At this resort, guests with an enough money to afford it can share in an equally unique safari adventure.  Only it isn’t dinosaurs that guest come to interact with. They have come for a hunting adventure where they get the thrill of ‘killing’ carefully contained hordes of zombies.

The ReZort begins with a news reporter character who gets the task of giving the expositive background to fill the audience in on the history of a virus that had once turned 1/3 of the Earth’s population into zombies in just a decade, as well as how eventual the war against the undead was won and the virus wiped out and the zombies all killed off. With the exception, of course, of those found on a remote island that was turned into The ReZort where the undead are held in with high security fences and electronic restraints so rich people could hunt them or just go to a ‘shooting gallery’ where zombies, secured to boards, pop out like silhouette targets.  Sharing the island with the undead and the unique resort is a camp for human refugees from all over the world seeking humanitarian aid. They are securely protected from the zombies.

Enter the cast of characters we follow throughout The ReZort. Melanie and Lucas (Jessica De Gouw and Martin McCann) are a couple who are here so Melanie can avenge the loss of her father to the zombie war. They are joined by a mysterious marksman named Archer (Dougray Scott) and the jilted Sadie (Elen Rhys), who might not be what she claims. There are also two teenager gamer boys, Jack and Alfie (Jassa Ahluwalia and Lawrence Walker), who treat the whole thing like one big live action first person shoot game until things go horribly wrong.

Oh yes, just like that other movie, things in The ReZort go horribly wrong, as all the security protocols set in place to keep the zombies in check and guests safe from being attacked and bitten go haywire. Just like that other movie, our intrepid band of adventures are trapped out in the open. Only it’s with swarms of unrestrained and hungry zombies moving in for the munching. Luckily for the group, they have been schooled in the rules of dealing with zombies. The fresher they are, the faster they are; want them dead? shoot them in the head; don’t get bitten as that is the only way the virus is transmitted. Oh, and one other thing: they need to get off the island in three hours or be decimated in a fire bombing along with the zombies by ‘Operation Brimstone’.
The ReZort is an action-packed zombie thriller that has a decent story, good special effects and some nice surprising twists along the way. The cast is very talented and that keeps the somewhat stereotypical roles from being one dimensional. Even the some of the zombies have quirks and a low level of awareness that set them apart from just growling and gnawing.
If you like good zombie movies that keep you interested from beginning to end, then The ReZort is right up that alley.
Marla’s Score: 8/10
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