Day of the Dead: Bloodline
Inspired by zombie maestro George A. Romero’s classic, Day Of The Dead: Bloodline follows a small group of military personnel and survivalists who dwell in an underground bunker seeking a cure in a world overrun by zombies. Among them, Zoe, a former medical student, is tormented by a dark figure from her past, who happens to be a half-human, half-zombie hell-bent on destroying her.
The film opens with Zoe, a former medical student, frantically running through the now chaotic and blood-filled streets before flashing back to a few hours earlier to explain how the zombie apocalypse began. A very creepy medical student, Max, played by Johnathon Schaech, is continuously making unwelcome advances towards Zoe, who looks twice as young as the perv and who always seems to get stuck drawing blood samples. On the night in question, during a med student kegger, Max stealthily returns and attempts to sexually assault Zoe, only to be fended off by a newly-resurrected cadaver.
As a zombie, Max’s obsession does not end after he gets bitten. The film time shifts again, six months into the future. On a supply run Zoe encounters the now zombified but still obsessed Max, who then sneaks into the base by hiding underneath one of the military Jeeps. After wreaking a little undead havoc, creeping around in the facility’s impressively-sized ductwork, and becoming predictably jealous of her lover, Baca, Max again targets Zoe directly, only to be captured and taken away for testing. His psychotic blood seems to have kept him from completely zombifying, so Zoe plans to use it to create a cure or, at the very least, a rotter inoculation.
Bloodline had some similarities to the older version but with a completely different story. The acting in this one, however, was pretty bad. For example, in one scene Zoe’s friend is yelling at human Max to leave the hospital after he reveals something disturbing. This would have been an easy scene for her to show intense disgust on her face, but instead, it looks like she is just reciting a line from the script. There is also no explanation as to why an established military base would not have a doctor or medic present. Later on, she is shown to be creating a vaccine. How would she have had the knowledge to create this miracle cure? Especially since at the beginning of the movie, she was still answering the attending doctor’s questions incorrectly.
The story and plot are a bit generic and adds very little variation, resulting in a tedious 90-minute movie. The story halfheartedly attempts to add personality to the characters, but the lines fall flat and make every character forgettable and generic as well. Jonathan Schaech, the actor playing Max, was easily the best actor in the film. His portrayal of Max as a human was very unsettling, leering and speaking to Zoe in an adoring tone. In his mind, Jonathan has created a complex character, and it would have been an advantage for the directors to give him more freedom to play around with this character.
At any rate, I enjoyed this film, for the most part, especially the ending, it was far from the usual doom-and-gloom endings for this genre, this one had a hopeful ring to it. Be aware that this movie contains massive amounts of carnage, blood, and gore, but with a story that connects all of the dots and has a decent ending. I’d definitely recommend it for a one time watch, it’s worth that at least.
Title: Day of the Dead: Bloodline
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Genre: Horror, Action, Suspense
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Starring: Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, Jeff Gum, Marcus Vanco
MPAA Rated: R
Directors: Hèctor Hernández Vicens
Reviewed by: Mike Davidson
Our Rating: 2.8 /5
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