Juan of the Dead
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First, the film benefits greatly from its Cuban flavor which, right off the bat, makes it feel different from other comparable films. Juan (Alexis Dias de Villegas) is an irresponsible slacker who wastes most of every day with his clueless best friend Lazardo (Jorge Molina). The two actors play off each other so well, it's hard not to laugh at just about every interaction they have. Without much explanation, they start to notice unusual changes to their surroundings. With reports of a strange flu, a movement of alleged political dissidents, and a suspected American plot, the news reports seems to have figured out what is going on.Read more ›
Juan de los Muertos is funny as hell and very witty. Without creating political debates, it delves into Cuba's political background and social reality in a humorous way.
The actors, some good, some not so much, were very enjoyable to watch. They had great chemistry and it really felt as if they were having a blast doing this movie. You really fall in love with these characters.
The graphics were better than I expected, given that I had read some negative reviews about that. I actually liked them. I mean, this is a zombie movie, you don't want it to look like some slick Hollywood production.
It was more of a funny look at Cuba and Cuba/American relations set to a zombie Apocalypse. There wasn't a lot of gore, as far as gore goes, but there were deaths. Lots of deaths. Lots of funny deaths. Hilarious deaths.
The movie does sort of just come to an end without the problems being resolved in my mind. And not in a cliffhanger kind of way, it just ends unsatisfactorily.
I plan to show this movie to people as often as possible.
It does an incredible job taking the comical zombie genre to Cuba with an excellent set of characters that keep you laughing all the way through. The characters definitely take some shots at the Cuban socialist system while still keeping their Cuban pride, but creating a capitalistic approach to dealing with the islands zombie problem. "Juan of the dead, we kill your loved ones, how can we help you?"
The film is incredibly clever and worth reading the subtitles if you don't know Spanish. I can't imagine anyone that enjoys a good zombie flick not loving this movie.
I was a little leery going into this film since the blurb on the DVD case flat out compares it to "Shaun of the Dead." But, to my pleasant surprise, "Juan of the Dead" bears no resemblance other than in the title. Nor does it bear much resemblance to other foreign language zombie films - and for one primary reason: I had to actually read the English subtitles at the bottom of the screen, word by word. Why? Because there really was a story here; and that story was indigenous to the setting - Havana, Cuba; whereas almost every other zombie film I've seen that had sub-titles could have taken place anywhere in the world. And whereas the dialogue of most zombie films is strictly survival oriented, the dialogue here was mostly based on the culture where the story takes place. In fact, only one character in the entire film - an American preacher with a stillborn plan to save the survivors - ever referred to the zombies as "zombies." They were mostly depicted simply as "dissidents.Read more ›
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This is a dark comedy like none I have seen before. The story takes place in modern day Cuba and the dialogue is all in Spanish with English subtitles. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gil Alfonso
Best, funny movie! If you liked Shaun of the dead you will love this! I am a huge zombie fan and have been since 1978 when George romero's dawn of the dead came out, but love how... Read morePublished 2 months ago by veronica star
what a great movie recommended to all zombie buffs or just movie watchers, great flickPublished 2 months ago by disgruntled
I was sent a copy that would never play on my machine!!! Can you replace it with a copy that will actually play!!!???? I would luv to watch it.Published 3 months ago by Jeanet Zech
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