Points for at least being different..
George: A Zombie Intervention (2009)
Directed By: J.T. Seaton
George: A Zombie Intervention or George’s Intervention is a new release from Breaking Glass and it’s a mix of horror and comedy. And it’s really kinda odd if I do say so myself. Not that being odd is a bad thing, but it pays to be careful when dealing with such a subject matter as zombies. We all love them, right? So we welcome newer ideas into the subject, but we don’t like things that just flip it on it’s ear. And this really does in a half way funny manner. As you’ll see from my review here, some things work and some things really don’t work that well. But it IS different, so we can be happy about that if nothing else.
Addiction can ruin lives, especially when you’re a zombie like George. After eating one too many people, George’s concerned friends decide it’s their job to support him on a journey to recovery. With the help of Barbra, a professional interventionist, George’s best friend Ben, ex-girlfriend Sarah, Sarah’s new boyfriend Steve, and George’s sister Francine gather at George’s house to comfort him. Disaster unfolds as George evades his friends good intentions while his hunger for flesh grows stronger than ever. When the group decides to take a break from the intervention, guests in the house start turning up dead – and eaten – but is George the one to blame, or does someone else in the house have a secret to hide?
Well, you’ll notice that right up front everyone has a name that is in relation to a George A Romero film. And that’s cool and all, but if you love Romero that much, why go soo far out of left field in your zombie movie? We have people turning into zombies and they are just the same as they use to be, minus the fact they have an urge to eat people. We also have “bad” zombies that are more like our traditional zombies. When you add it all up it kinda makes a bit of a mess. I mean it’s got an OK plot that is very different, it just doesn’t work that much here. Or at least for me personally, a life long zombie movie fan, it didn’t work.
But we do get some funny moments. I admit a lot of this wasn’t as funny as it was intended to be, but there’s a good laugh here and there. I also want to give credit for some gore that was very welcomed. Now, I’m not saying we get the world’s greatest effects or anything like that, but we get a lot of splatter. I’m sure they raided some store’s meat department for it, but it’s OK because it’s a welcome aspect to the otherwise dull at times story. I think it could have been a lot better odd had they sped up that beginning of the film. The whole zombie video tutorial thing you have going on at the start and end is good, but it does drag a bit at the start. That’s another reason why what gore we do have stands out.
Overall with this film, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. It’s a good concept but it takes a dump on the zombie lore. It’s funny, but it has moments where something is supposed to be funny and just come across as lame. The gore on the other hand is fun, but not mesmerizing. So if you just want something different you might dig this a little more than I did. If you however like a more old school approach with your zombies (IE they don’t talk and have jobs and relationships) then you may not get all that much out of it. So what at your own risk.
Breaking Glass Pictures is where you can go if you wish to check this one out. I didn’t hate it, but at the very same time I don’t think it did all that much for me. I’m a big fan of stuff like Dawn of the Dead, Zombie, Return of the Living Dead ect, and this for sure isn’t any of those. Than again, it’s at least ten times better than stuff like Night of the Living Dead Re-Animated.
The Rating (5.5/10)