Mimoun Ouled Radi and Yahya Gaier in Kill Zombie! (2012) (aka: Zombibi)

Aziz of the Dead

For Aziz (Yahya Gaier) his day seemed to be going well as the girl in the office had agreed to go out with him in the evening, but then thanks to his brother Mo (Mimoun Ouled Radi) he finds himself out of a job. And it gets worse as because of Mo antagonizing the neighbours they find themselves spending the night in the police station where they end up getting tazered. But that is nothing to what happens the next day as a Russian Space station crashes in Amsterdam unleashing an alien virus turning everyone into zombies, that is everyone except those who were in the police cells and officer Kim (Gigi Ravelli) who must work together to survive the zombies with what ever they have at hand.

"Aziz of the Dead", oops sorry I mean "Kill Zombie!" or "Zombibi" as it is also known comes across like one thing, a Dutch take on "Shaun of the Dead". The details may have been changed, the characters may start in a police cell but when it comes down to it "Kill Zombie!" is heavily influenced by the Pegg and Frost movie to the extent that Yahya Gaier and Mimoun Ouled Radi's characters come across as a take on Pegg and Frost's characters.

Gigi Ravelli in Kill Zombie! (2012) (aka: Zombibi)

Now in a way that means that "Kill Zombie!" is facing an uphill battle right from the word go as whilst it isn't just a Dutch remake it is pitching itself against "Shaun of the Dead" and to be brutal it doesn't work as well. Yes it has its moments and a scene where are band of plucky survivors tool up in a sports store is one of the movies highlights but the jokes don't all work and unfortunately the styling is not complete as this lacks the soundtrack aspect which "Shaun of the Dead". In fact at times the styling is too all over the place as it flicks in to spoofing TV shows as well as computer games which feels incredibly amateur

I really should stop going on about "Shaun of the Dead" because in truth "Kill Zombie!" is not a bad movie, it has some funny scenes, some nice special effects and in truth whilst familiar some entertaining characters. In fact the acting is not bad and Yahya Gaier and Mimoun Ouled Radi work well together whilst Gigi Ravelli grabs your attention, unfortunately mainly due to the tightness of her shirt which is permanently in a state of strain.

What this all boils down to is that "Kill Zombie!" is actually not that bad and whilst its familiarity to "Shaun of the Dead" constantly makes you compare the two it actually stands well on its own two feet with some genuinely entertaining scenes of zombie bashing action even if it frequently ends up becoming side tracked with daft scenes.

Tags: Zombie Movies