Movie Name: “Navy SEALS VS Zombies”
Release Date: 8th of October 2015
Release: DVD VOD Release
Horror Subgenre: Zombies
Synopsis: A team of highly skilled Navy SEALS find themselves embarking on the battle of their lives when they come face-to-face with the undead. After a deadly outbreak occurs in New Orleans, the SEALS must fight for their lives, and the city, against an army of zombies.
The popularity of the zombie/zombie apocalypse Horror sub-genre has been on the rise over the past few years though various mediums, most importantly via Television and video games. Most recently there’s the fill in the blank VS Zombies concept that has added a new twist on the zombie genre. Case in point is the upcoming boy-scouts-combating -the-undead in a comedy film slated for theatrical release on the 30th of October 2015. However, the aforementioned film will not be discussed in this review. Instead, the following review will focus on the mature, testosterone fueled indie horror film, “Navy SEALS VS Zombies”.
“Navy SEALs VS Zombies” Film Analysis…
“Navy SEALS VS Zombies” is the directorial debut of NASCAR driver and Hollywood stuntman Stanton Barrett and features the collaborative writing team of A.K. Waters and Matthew Carpenter on screenplay. The film casually begins with the Vice President of the United States losing contact with Government channels during a routine campaign stop in Louisiana. The scenario is dire, not only is the safety of the government official in jeopardy but the city is victim by an unknown bio-chemical attack. A team of Navy SEALs is dispatched to conduct an extraction mission within the inhospitable zone. However, the team is oblivious to the highly infectious disease spreading across the metropolis and the hordes of rabid undead cannibals. The Navy Seals must transverse across hostile territory, without the aid of support to not only complete the mission but also to survive.
First and foremost the special effects featured within the horror film, “Navy SEALS Vs Zombies” is comparable to that of many SyFy feature films. Although the basic filters applied to the film “Navy SEALS VS Zombies” added a balance of action and tension, overall visual enhancements appeared amateurish. The degradation of the film, “Navy SEALS VS Zombies” didn’t stem solely on the special effects department, it was coupled by the lack of story development.
The sequences presented in the film, “Navy SEALS VS Zombies” could’ve been executed much better than what it was. The problem did not lie in the direction of the film, it was the screenplay that was at fault. Although the film, “Navy SEALS VS Zombies” transcended genres it failed to offer a perfect blend of action and horror. For instance, in once scene in particular, the Navy Seals must reach the eight floor to rescue trapped scientist. upon discovering option one is inaccessible due to a horde of zombies the team is presented with a nonthreatening option two. Why not thrust the team against the odds instead of providing easy solutions? In another, example the highly trained team were more than equipped to face the uncertain threat. They had plenty of resources to combat the hordes of zombies, never once running out of ammo.
Military tactics presented in the film, “Navy SEALS Vs Zombies” were top notch, the choreography of the elite special ops were very realistic and there’s a reason why. For the purpose of realism retired Navy SEALs were a part of the cast of the film. Those involved in recreating a do or die situation behind enemy lines did a superb job. There was a certain guilty pleasure in watching a film comparable to the video game franchise “Call of Duty”.
The directorial debut of Stanton Barrett, was well executed, he did a good job in presenting the story of an elite group of soldiers versus the undead. Although, there were many factors that could’ve made the movie lean more towards either an actionier or Horror film, overall “Navy SEALS VS Zombies” was an entertaining view.