"Flight of the Living
of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane" sounds like a horrible,
horrible idea. Like someone at New Line decided, several months
too late, to cash in on the surprising success of "Snakes
on a Plane".
of the Living Dead" seems to be mostly about a flight about
to be overrun by zombies due to a highly unauthorized, illegal,
immoral, etc. project currently in the cargo hold. Which is about
what you'd expect out of something like this--I kept wondering
if I was going to hear "trioxin" or "venus probe"
Oh, and as it turns
out...it's going to be malaria that's the impetus this time around.
I've heard everything from mad cow disease to flesh-eating bacteria
responsible for making zombies, and eventually they're going to
get down to like the mutant common cold or something. Within the
next twenty years, at this rate, someone's going to stub their
toe and kick off Zombie Apocalypse.
Augh! I've got a hangnail
and the damndest...craving for...braaaaaains!
Despite the sheer unoriginality
of the work, there's actually quite a lot to be said for "Flight
of the Living Dead". One, despite the fact that there isn't
any real zombie action (except for the first one, briefly seen)
for the first half-hour, they still manage to keep things up and
moving via the simple expedient of having the plane go through
a hellacious thunderstorm. Also, they threw in several smaller
subplots--some infidelity among couples, a prisoner in transport--to
spice things up a little amidst all the zombie action. That, and
a truly hyperkinetic last half of the film is really going to
ratchet things up nicely. People are getting lunched up left,
right and center on this sucker and it's actually pretty amazing.
The down side on this
movie is fairly extensive--logic suffers horribly as the characters
will fire off a panoply of nine-millimeter rounds and never manage
to puncture the hull or cause a loss of cabin pressure. Zombies
are easily identifiable by the contact lenses they've all been
given to wear, and I don't really think a plane's floor should
be so thin it can be punched through by the recently deceased.
Meanwhile, the zombies
themselves are wrong for all sorts of reasons. They talk, they
run, they jump, they create cogent ambushes--all things actual
zombies really should not do. There is only one real zombie, all
right? That is the zombie created by George Romero himself, and
don't let anyone tell you different.
Romero is the real
zombie maker. Everyone else is just a sad little imitation.
The ending is actually
even more frenzied than the first half, and will even have a little
bit of humor in it.
The special features
include DVD-ROM features, several audio commentary tracks, an
outtake reel, and trailers for "Full of It", "The
Butterfly Effect 2", "Believers", and for some
reason, the game "Flatout: Ultimate Carnage".
All in all, "Flight
of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane" is a fair little
excursion into the world of zombie apocalypses. While it's certainly
not the best, it's far from the worst, and that's saying something.
What else is worth saying is that it will prove, especially for
zombie fans, to be worth a rental.
Flight of the Living
Directed by Scott Thomas
by Sidney Iwanter,Mark Onspaugh
David Chisum, Kevin J. O'Connor, Kristen Kerr, Raymond Berry
by David Shoshan, Scott Thomas
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