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Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption

2.3 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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Zombie Apocalypse Redemption (ZAR) is a horror/adventure movie, combining favorite elements from the zombie and post-apocalyptic genres. It is a hero story on a semi-epic scale told in a classical fashion. Aesthetically, ZAR resembles The Road Warrior with its over-the-top, cobbled-together, post-nuke comic realism.Synopsis:At the end of civilization, zombies greatly outnumber people and every day is a fight to see tomorrow. Just when he is about to give up this fight, rugged wanderer John Knox winds up being saved by a ragtag group of survivors. Just as he is getting comfortable with his new family in the wasteland, a war party of maniacal raiders assaults the camp, and they kidnap Sarah Knox's love interest. It's up to Knox and the few who escaped the attack to gather what resources they can (including zombies!) and launch an all-or-nothing rescue mission on the raiders' home fortress. Bonus Features: -Deleted Scenes -Behind the Scenes -Short Film -Commentary with director, writer and Fred (The Hammer) Williamson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Johnny Gel, Fred Williamson, Alicia Clark
  • Directors: Ryan Thompson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Pacific Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055CP9S6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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No one in this film can's all over-reaction, over emphasis on every word, all high style and drama, no substance, no credibility. The script doesn't help-it's so badly written even a great actor would struggle to make it seem real. That the script is terrible occurred to me while watching indicates how bad the writing and acting is....there is nothing good to say about this attempt at a zombie flick. Oh, and PS, there aren't many zombies,'s mostly a bunch of men with testosterone overloads...and one gratuitous "bad-ass" chick with same....strutting and posturing. Save your money...I wish I had. DO NOT RENT THIS FILM.
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Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption is a bare bones, low budget movie made by folks who appear to be having fun with what was clearly a labor of love. The basic synopsis of the plot is that John Knox, the main character, is condemned to death by the group of Apocalyptic Raiders he fell in with after the dead have risen and the world is overrun by zombies. The reason for his sentence is that he no longer wants to follow the leader Rome, who like Knox is ex-military, but is a psychopath that slaughters for fun and for no other discernible reason. Knox is allowed to escape by one of the other members of the group who apparently also doesn't like Rome much either (and gets executed for his troubles). The escape isn't without hardships, since Knox is left handcuffed and is sent out into the desert. He manages to avoid getting devoured by a zombie and gets rescued by a band that roams the wastelands doing their best to fend for themselves. They are led by a man named Moses (Fred Williamson) who is likely the only member of the cast that the vast majority of the audience might know. Knox does his best to help his new found friends, even though trust is hard to come by given the fact that they know of his raider past. At the same time, his old nemesis, Rome, wants Knox found and executed, and so the hunt is on. Of course, the two groups end up clashing and in the end this tale becomes a battle between good and evil, with a horde of the undead smack dab in the middle of it all.
I was provided this movie for review because I am essentially a zombie-fiend. I review mainly zombie and other horror-type novels, but now and then I will review a movie. Yes, this is a very low budget movie and is very much a b-grade flick. Some of the dialog was a bit rough and every now and then unintentionally amusing.
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Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (2011), directed by Ryan Thompson, takes place years after the initial outbreak, with a diverse cast of characters. Governments of the world attempted to use nuclear weapons to fight the millions of undead, which had no effect, and screwed over the remaining survivors even more. Not surprisingly, the survivors form different groups and fight over what little resources are left.

The main character, Johnny Knox, falls in with a group led by a drug-addicted psycho named Rome. Knox has trouble following Rome's orders, and is sentenced to death. His brother takes him out to the desert, rather than watch Knox be burned at the stake. Knox is nearly killed by some zombies, when he is rescued by another group of survivors. They are led by a guy named Moses, played by none other than Hollywood B-movie legend Fred "The Hammer" Williamson. When Rome finds out that Moses and his fellow survivors are harboring Knox, he orders his raiders to completely wipe out the camp, including the women and children.

There is no lack of action in this movie, and the special effects are better than what you often find in a SyFy weekend movie. The dialogue was pretty entertaining as well, with some great lines, and a talented cast that did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, ZA:R won "Best Movie Made in Michigan" at the 2011 Motor City Nightmares.
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So, I have to disclose that I have ties to one of the performers (Richard Raphael). I popped this DVD into my player with a bit of concern. After all, I am a bit of a movie snob, and especially when it comes to the zombie genre. That said, I had a great time watching this movie. Some of the fun was seeing Richard act like a goon for the bad guys...but some of it was just being able to have fun and NOT take this film seriously. Now, that might sound bad to some, but the reality is that this is an indie film. Not that there aren't amazing bits of cinema out there from the indies, but for those who watch the SyFy movies...those are gems of fun if you take them as such and don't try to get too serious.

Some observation, the women were so over the top, the outfits were...well let's just say they were NOT dressed for an apocalypse. The central "hero" was a poor man's C. Thomas Howell. And Fred Williamson, bless his heart, when he jumped across the hood of the truck "Dukes of Hazzard" style...well it brought me to tears. I haven't had that good of a laugh during a zombie movie since Shaun of the Dead.

This movie is fun! Period.
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My initial take on this film was that somebody wanted to make a Mad Max type of film but couldn't get any financing, so they added some zombies to the mix so the movie would be made. But then I saw Ryan Thompson was the director, the same guy who directed Zombie Apocalypse, so I guess he had zombies in mind all along, even if they have a minimal role in the picture. Now just for clarification, this movie is not a sequel to Zombie Apocalypse, nor is it related to it in any way except by having the same director. It does have a hinted at back story as if there were an earlier picture, though there wasn't.

The word is that the "Redemption" in the title is meant by the director to refer to this film redeeming him after making the atrocious Zombie Apocalypse. But if that is true, he failed. The first film at least had the saving grace of casting a bunch of college students to run around an abandoned factory and the backwoods of Michigan playing Zombie. If you've seen any of the scores of Zombie short subjects on You Tube from all over the world, you might find them rather fun as a spontaneous public phenomenon regardless of technical values. Some of them are actually fairly professional and some are made by gangs of kids. But here the cast is made up of actors and the film is supposed to be made for theatrical release, so you can't be as kind to it as to one of these homemade jobs.

The movie uses the zombies infrequently, and when they're not actually attacking, no one seems particularly concerned about them. So what you end up with here is a very low budget Mad Max like post-nuclear setup where the hero is being pursued by an evil gang of survivors led by a master of overacting and joins a good group of survivors.
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