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The Vanguard (2008)

Karen Admiraal , Jack Bailey , Matthew Hope  |  NR |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karen Admiraal, Jack Bailey, Emma Choy, Terry Cole, Che Conroy
  • Directors: Matthew Hope
  • Writers: Matthew Hope
  • Producers: Matthew Hope, Anthony Delany, Harry F. Rushton, John Hope, Robert Henry Craft
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AYWY7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Vanguard" on IMDb

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The year is 2015. The last known oil fields have been lost to global war. Overpopulation and famine have plunged our planet into chaos. But deep in the wilderness, one desperate survivor now finds himself hunted by corporate kill squads, sought by the Resistance, and pursued by hordes of rage-crazed zombies. In a world ruled by murder, madness and cannibalistic carnage, will humanity’s last hope be measured in bloodshed? Experience the acclaimed horror shocker that the 2008 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival hails as "intelligent and exciting…an unashamedly violent, gory, terrifying thrill ride with some of the scariest zombies ever committed to celluloid!"

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Expected September 28, 2008
The Vanguard is the story of civilization in the near future; a world where governments have collapsed, and "Biosyn" zombies roam the world, outnumbering surviving humans.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A film for people that like lots of trees in films. March 23, 2010
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I'm sad to say I actually own this one.
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?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars if you like the road, you will like this April 11, 2013
By Stephen
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If you liked the road, you will like this. It's good, interesting with a twist. Please note not a happy feel good movie.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good film, assuming the viewer isn't a moron October 9, 2008
THE VANGUARD, Matthew Hope's feature debut, is a very enjoyable and highly original film. It's good to see other directors out there at least trying to make original and fresh films, and who have distinctive voices in the genre.

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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By Victor
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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 of the suspenseful elements in place. At times the dialogue about "antidotes" "cures" and other things seemed to be a bit long and drawn out, and there were some scenes where I really found myself not caring about the backstory of the corporations and world drama. Usually I love the backstory elements to fill in on tales like this, but this time was not one of them. The acting is decent, but I had a hard time really empathizing with the characters. It is not a BAD film to me, but it would not make it into a must see either. If you like the genre and are fairly easy to please, then you would probably like this show.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Gary Woolsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad.
Published 3 months ago by bob is dead
1.0 out of 5 stars I love zombies, end of the world movies
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
Published 8 months ago by Maker
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good movie surprisingly
I started watching this movie with low expectations and was surprised. It was much better than anticipated. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dennis
1.0 out of 5 stars just miserably awful.
I love zombie movies and am willing to tolerate bad acting, poor special effects, and less than convincing makeup for the sake of zombie mayhem. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Whatever
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plan
They made a movie about what they actually plan on doing to all of us. I just couldn't believe what they stated in this movie so openly.
Anyways, GREAT MOVIE! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Whatever
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies I've ever seen
I actually bought this movie on a whim because it looked cool at Wal-Mart. The story sounds pretty interesting so what did I have to lose, right? Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by James Brian Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Max versus the zombies
I'm sorry but this was a great zombie movie. If you are a true zombie fan this will make a great addition to your collection. This reminded me of mad max with zombies. Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by Shaun G Rodriguez
1.0 out of 5 stars It never ends well for vanguards!
Look at the hero in the Song of Roland. Need I say more? Well then, I will! This was another movie that probably seemed really awesome on paper, but then somewhere between... Read more
Published on December 11, 2010 by Robert Cossaboon
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizare world
I'm not sure if I like this movie or not. I mean it was thought provoking, but it was hard to follow. Read more
Published on May 6, 2010 by Edward C. Jones III
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