Osombie

May 14, 2012 - 8:05 pm No Comments

Osombie
Starring: Corey Sevier, Eve Mauro
Running Time: 90 minutes
Release date: 14 May 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

In Pakistan, a bunch of soldiers find a bunker rammed with Islamic and Muslim zombies. As the soldiers attack, and are attacked by the zombies, one particular insurgent injects himself with a virus of some sort and rapidly transforms into a zombie. One of the soldiers gets bitten and then we have the usual zombie chaos.

Queue next scene and we meet a group of soldiers or mercs who are aware of the zombie infection and are hunting for the missing, presumed undead Osama Bin Laden. Next we meet Dusty Miller (yes, that really is her name) who is in Afghanistan looking for her missing brother Derek who is a freedom fighter, also searching for Bin Laden.

This film, which has a semi decent budget, starts with a promising soundtrack and some nice cinematography. However, it does feel as though the director is cashing in on the success of African based zombie film The Dead.

We are treated to some exposition in high level scientific language, which somehow Dusty understands. The exposition would have been unnecessary had the script writers added ten to fifteen minutes of plot development and character exploration at the beginning of the film where it was really needed.

There are many clichéd shots, and a clichéd script to go with it. Of more concern however, is the lack of connection with the characters. They are stereotypical and often one dimensional, until the point leading up to their death when they suddenly develop a back story.

I must give kudos though to the attempt made to create a strong female lead and for trying something new with the zombie genre. Which is of course the main selling point; the novelty of Muslim and Islamic zombies. There are references to 9/11 and though there does not appear to be much differentiation between insurgents and civilians, it still remains an interesting film, despite its faults.

My main issue with this film is the acting, which is at best tacky and mediocre. Perhaps the best performance is delivered by poor man’s Colin Farrell, Corey Sevier, who at least looks attractive as he spends most of the film shirtless.

In short, though it does have the novelty factor, this is a forgettable film which is quite run of the mill, with the only highlight being seeing Osama come back from the dead as a suicide chomper.

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