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The movie focuses on Max (played by Ray Bullock Jr.), a deaf survivor who is holed up in the middle of the woods. We are treated to the manner and lengths Max must go to survive. Ray soon stumbles into a corporation soldier and two resistance fighters. It is here that the story takes off.
For a lower budget flick, The Vanguard features a very immersive and fresh story. The acting is very good, and Ray Bullock Jr. is a real pleasure to watch. He carries the film well for the first thirty minutes, creating a very believable character and a very believable predicament. Emma Choy also adds a sturdy performance as Rachael.
The action is fierce and enjoyable, with flashes of gore. But, with that said, the gore is not overdone to the extreme. You will find plenty of blood, and plenty of satisfying battles with the zombies, but nothing that causes you to turn your head away from the film.
Despite all The Vanguard's good points, it does have several minor flaws, preventing it from being as good as it could have been. The story lulls a bit at times, but not so much that you want to give up on the film. The story also can be unclear at times, but I didn't find this to be too annoying. After all, the film is set in the future; a future where many things have changed and there is much we must be informed about.
Fans of horror, action and zombie flicks should definitely check out this movie. It is a film with some very memorable scenes, and a movie that just might be better the second time around.
After reading reviews on Amazon about this movie I had decent expectations for this film. Many reviewers have described this as a post apocalyptic zombie film. It really could just be a nutter that runs around the woods with hatchets killing everyone he comes across and we just see everything through his deluded mind. We may never know for sure.
The acting in this film is bad. Even the actors playing zombies are really bad at it.
The cinematography is boring. Trees, lots and lots of trees.
There is no plot to speak of.
The early scene with the main character riding a kid's bike through the woods was just embarrassing.
Nothing about this film is memorable...other than it was bad. I'm slowly recovering by watching actual zombie movies.
I'm not sure why they bothered with the refugees from the Road Warrior, perhaps they wandered onto the wrong set and the director said "what the hell, let's put `em in the flick". They really served no purpose and actually slowed the movie down.
Very little here for the zombie fan. There are a handful that do very little. I believe they were tossed in as a marketing ploy.
Very little here for the post apocalyptic fan. Unless, "post apocalypse" means "trees" to you.
I'm pretty sure the 5 star ratings on here are from people related to the making, marketing, or cast of the film.
Did I mention this film was bad?
There seem to be a lot of people who don't understand zombie movies. They expect night of the living dead over and over again. If that was the case zombie movies whould have died out in the 80's. It is exciting to view a different take on zombies, and this film is exactly what it is. A different take on zombies.
If you like slow paced, cerebral films like Martin and the original The Vanishing then this film will appeal to you. However there is a fairly sizeable chunk of horror fans out there who will just say the film is boring and unoriginal, mainly because their A.D.D. minds are unable to see the depth of the script below the surface level; thus they walk away thinking it's a bunch of zombies in the woods, and believe me it is so much more than that. If you're one of these people you won't enjoy the film - my advice would be to go watch one of those pathetic '8 films to die for' after dark movies - they would be right up your street.
For the rest of us, who can spot a good movie when we see one - THE VANGUARD is a great piece of Post Apocalyptic entertainment. Well done Matthew Hope and team. I look forward to seeing your next film.
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These are the times I wish we had an option for no stars or negative stars. Complete waste of time and money. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sarah A. Wommack
About a 600$ budget. Bunch of guys running around in the woods with rifles, add in a some zombies with bad makeup.Published 14 months ago by Eric Math
For a low budget, independent style horror film, this one is actually not that bad. It has a new take on the zombie genre, is set during a post-apocalyptic style world, and has all... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Victor
This movie just makes me so very sad. I would prefer to watch Jackie Mason starring in Casablanca.
Just don't. Watch The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, The Road Warrior. Read more
I started watching this movie with low expectations and was surprised. It was much better than anticipated. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Dennis
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