Ibiza Undead (2016)

Director: Andy Edwards

Writer: Andy Edwards (Screenplay)

Starring: Cara Theobold, Emily Atack, Algina Lipskis, Jordan Coulson, Homer Todiwala

 

Plot: A group of young people head to Ibiza for the holiday of a lifetime – all the sun, sea and sex they can handle. If only there wasn’t a zombie outbreak getting in the way.


Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Horror Comedy

 

Story: Ibiza Undead starts as we learn that there is a zombie outbreak in the world but not enough to stop the world functioning. We have four friends Ellie (Theobold), Alex (Coulson), Az (Todiwala) and Big Jim (Kear) heading to Ibiza for a party holiday with Alex’s sister Liz (Atack) and Zara (Lipskis). Around the island an importer of zombies Karl (King) has lost his shipment which brings the zombies to the island.

When the zombies arrive the friends, well that is a loose term must work together to survive and make it out of the villa alive. Here we get plenty of zombie comedy kills throughout the night.

 

Thoughts on Ibiza Undead

 

Characters – Ellie is the former girlfriend of Alex’s that gets invited on the holiday even though she isn’t a party animal like the rest of the people on the holiday. Liz is the sister of Alex that is prepared for the sun sea and sex holiday. Zara is the flirty seductive one of the girls who is happy to use her body to get what she wants. Alex is the main male lead that is on a lads holiday but brings his ex-girlfriend along, Big Jim is the loud mouth of the friends with Az being the shy awkward one.

PerformancesThe performances are fine through the film, we have the performances that are happy to mock the generic stereotypes of the British Ibiza holiday makers.

StoryYoung British tourists versus zombies in Ibiza, well that is the simple story to follow, it offers nothing new to the genre but gives us laughs along the way. It is an easy story to follow and if you are game to watch an easy to watch horror comedy it works for casual storytelling fans.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy is British through and through which works if you understand how we think. The horror is just typical zombie guidelines which have gore moments but never reach the full effects of scare.

SettingsIbiza makes for a new and good setting for a zombie twist even if the film does feel like it could be a film version of Dead Island.

Special EffectsThe effects work for film getting a few laughs at times and we know we have good zombie moments.


Scene of the Movie –
Give Jim the shotgun.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Amazing how many phone calls these people make when it costs so much.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun horror comedy that hits more often than it misses but one I feel Brits will enjoy more.

 

Overall: Good little British comedy.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – E – Eliminators (2016)

Director: James Nunn

Writer: Nathan Brookes, Bobby Lee Darby (Screenplay)

Starring: Scot Adkins, Stu Bennett, Daniel Caltagirone, James Cosmo, Ty Glaser, Olivia Mace

 

Plot: A former US Federal Agent must abandon the witness protection program and come out of hiding when his London home is invaded in error due to a wrong address. When the event ends with multiple homicides, the news triggers those hunting him to send Europe’s most dangerous assassin to kill him. Now on the run with his daughter’s life in jeopardy, a determined father must get her to safety before the people he’s been hiding from track him down.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Popcorn Action

 

Story: Eliminators starts when former US Federal Agent Thomas (Adkins) gets his house invaded by the wrong people who he kills to protect his daughter leaving him in hospital with his face plastered over the news, giving away his witness protection status.

The man who is after him Cooper (Cosmo) hires his best assassin Bishop (Bennett) to track him down and kill Thomas and his daughter, this leaves Thomas no choice but to go on the run to save her life and his own.

 

Thoughts on Eliminators

 

Characters – Thomas is a former US Federal Agent that is in witness protection program, he is trying to live a quiet life off the radar, until he becomes the victim of a mistaken identity. Accused of murder he is separated from his daughter only for his identity to be revealed to the world with the former enemy sends an assassin to kill him. He must use his skills to stay ahead of the enemy and save his daughter. Bishop is the assassin hired to eliminate Thomas and his daughter, he knows the tricks of the trade, but I do feel he makes mistakes which give away his position to be known as the best assassin in Europe. Ray is the connection trying to help clean up the exposed witness protection system.

PerformancesScott Adkins is a good action star, there is no questioning this, he has the look and the skills to be one of the best, but his ability to pull off the American accent is terrible in this film. Stu Bennett or former wrestler Wade Barrett is good as the assassin, while he doesn’t make too much of his character original, he does everything he needs to for his role.

StoryThe story plays out easily enough, assassin tracking down his target around London over what feels like just one night. This adds the adrenaline rush the story needs in an old school cat n mouse style story. where this film starts to fall apart in the story is silly mistakes getting exposed, for example this Federal Agent gets in a taxi to escape the killer only to stay in said taxi instead of using intelligence of swapping vehicle, which would have made the escape easy. If you do look past these flaws you can get the enjoyment of the simplistic nature of the story.

ActionThe action in the film is entertaining to watch, we have a mix of chase sequences, bullet flying scenes and hand to hand combat which gets to show of Adkins skills.

SettingsMost of the film is set in and around London, which is good for an American based story as we get to see the race against time unfold, even if we don’t use any of the stand out location.


Scene of the Movie –
Thomas v Bishop on the docks.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Escaping, sure this Federal Agent would have better intelligence.

Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to action movies we know sometimes we just need to switch our brains off and enjoy, this is one of those movie, it is a lot of fun even if there are a lot of flaws with the methods things unfold.

 

Overall: Fun popcorn filled action film.

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