It’s been 5 years since the outbreak that wiped out 85% of the world’s population, but the war between Re-Animates (Re-Ans) and Humans wages on, as most of the major cities are still uninhabitable. Within the few surviving cities, the Re-Ans have been segregated into “zones” and are policed by the R-Division of the QUASI S.W.A.T. Unit who hunt to re-kill the Re-Ans in the hope of quelling a second outbreak.
The film, RE-KILL takes place within a world that has undergone a worldwide zombie outbreak. It's been 5 years since most of the world was wiped out by a deadly zombie virus, and at the present time, most of many states are uninhabitable due to what have come to be known as "Re-Ans"(Re-Animated corpses), who continue to hold, and spread the virus. Because of this, several SWAT units known as the R-Division, have made it their mission to eradicate the virus, in hopes of making the world, once again virus-fee. The film centers around R-Division 8, out of New York, which is led by Sarge. More specifically, R-Division 8's efforts are being followed by a camera crew, in order to document their work for a reality based show. What follows is initially routine, as they exterminate wherever they are called upon, however, soon they are called to enter an area of what is left of the city that was once New York, an area dubbed, "The Zone" In an effort to contain the Re-Ans that could not be "Re-Killed", the cities constructed a containment area to keep them sealed away from the rest of the living population. However, per special orders, Sarge, and his men must infiltrate this sealed area, and along with them come the camera crew, as they go into the unknown.
In a bit of truth, I really must admit that I am no fan of zombies, whether it be on film, or on Television. I do have my exceptions(I really like THE WALKING DEAD), but beyond that, i'm not so crazy about the subject of zombies. So with that said, as you can imagine, I wasn't too into the idea of checking out RE-KILL, a film from Director, Valeri Milev and written by Michael Hurst. I think that I read somewhere that RE-KILL is a film that was supposed to have been released some time ago, but was held up for some reason. And so, because of this some people were anticipating its release. But as for me, the idea of zombies is just played out. Most of all they entail bore me. But with that in mind, I dove into my viewing of RE-KILL.
And as it turns out, maybe I was a little to harsh in my assumption, because, to my surprise, RE-KILL really isn't that bad for a zombie flick. The reason for this is that it has a unique approach to the whole thing. The film itself is presented as a reality show. What the viewer sees, as we watch are actually "episodes" of a reality show called "Re-Kill", complete with pseudo commercials and all. The movie feels less like a movie, and more like a reality show, which one would watch weekly. This approach is both fun and fresh. The commercials implemented in between sections of the "show", are nothing less than genius, as they relate to the world in which they exist. From medication that cures you from a zombie attack, to cigarettes, whose ads remind you that Re-Ans will kill you quicker than the product will, they are all brilliantly self aware and clever, The rest of the film, or should I say, "show", plays out smoothly too, as the show is initially divided between personal time with the soldiers, as well their eradication, efforts, before going head on into combat as The Sarge and his team enter "The Zone". And it is in the zone where they find evidence of a top secret operation called, "Project Judas". It is revealed that "Project Judas" was an effort by a Scientific group to create a Re-An army. When Sarge and his men are ambushed by the horde of flesheaters, it might very well be the start of yet another zombie outbreak.
The film is entertaining enough, and I believe that it is the whole reality show angle which saves it. There is less time for dead areas, therefore one doesn't get as bored as they might be otherwise. Although i'm not much of a fan of zombie stuff, I found myself entertained by this zombie film that dares to be different than most. I thought that the film's level of self-awareness was the most enjoyable aspect about it. The way in which the commercials implement things within themselves, as a direct result of what the virus outbreak has done to the world within the film, is pretty clever, I must admit.
IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
RE-KILL is a zombie film that is a little different, as it combines two things that people just seem to not get enough of - reality TV and zombies. Here, both things are combined very well. Despite not expecting much from RE-KILL, as I said, I was somewhat entertained by it. RE-KILL is worth seeing, yes, even if you don't particularly go for zombies. With this review is the end of my coverage for the 2015 installment of AFTER DARK'S "After Dark Horror Fest", and its "8 films to Die For". I came away from it enjoying 4 of the 8, all to varying extent(SUSPENSION, LUMBERJACK MAN, MURDER IN THE DARK, and then RE-KILL - listed most liked to least).