Cockneys vs Zombies review | Zombie Education Alliance

Cockneys vs Zombies review

Witty dialog and Humor abound in this Brit Zombie Comedy

But suffers from trying to be too amusing

Cockneys vs Zombies review
(2012, UK)

by TS Alan

Originally written and published on TS Alan’s blog on November 12, 2012

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The East End of London has been overrun by the undead, all thanks to two dimwitted construction workers who unearth and break into a burial vault that was sealed by the order of King Charles II, believing that they may have found a trove of buried gold. What they find are rotting corpses of the living dead and a quick end.

Meanwhile, as the outbreak begins to spread, two hapless brothers (Harry Treadaway, Terry Macquire) are attempting to rob a bank with the aid of their cousin Katy (Michelle Ryan), an inept convenience store robber (Jack Doolen) and Mental Mickey, a psychopathic career criminal played by Ashley Bashy Thomas. They intend to use the money—at least the two brothers and cousin—to help out the residents at their grandfather’s retirement home that is about to come under the control of land developers, outing all the residents.

As one would expect the daring and ill-planned robbery goes awry, and they quickly find themselves surrounded by the police with no means of escape, until Mental Mickey decides to use hostages as shields and shoot his way out. Exiting into the ruined street, the group quickly realizes the undead have overrun the East End of London. They make their escape to an abandoned warehouse where things get further complicated when Mental Mickey is bitten.

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Eventually commandeering an old-style London double-Decker bus, the lads, aided by their cousin and a spunky hostage played by Georgia King, head off to rescue their grandfather and the spirited pensioners.

Much more interesting are the older cast members who are hunkered down in their besieged retirement home. The group is led by veteran actor Alan Ford (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch.), along with Richard Briers, Honor Blackman and Georgina Hale, which give the film some genuinely humorous dialog and much-needed originality, a high point being Richard Briers’s first encounter with the undead, as his doddery octogenarian character Hamish clings to a mobility walker and outpaces a pack of the undead.

Although most of the performances aren’t bad, there is not a character that you connect with, the dialog suffers from trying to be anecdotally witty, the ending is predictable and the film does not provide anything new. However, the film is nonetheless likeable and quirky with some good bits of humor in the mix, which is supported by solid acting, especially from the older cast.

Entertainment Value: 5 – Gore is kept at a safe level, you don’t truly connect with the characters; nevertheless you still want to root for them, and some witty dialog and humor, though it suffers from trying to be too amusing.

Cockneys vs Zombies
Directed by Matthias Hoene
Writer: Matthias Hoene (original idea), James Moran (screenplay) and Lucas Roche (screenplay)
Cast: Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, Jack Doolan, Georgia King, Ashley Thomas, Tony Gardner, Alan Ford and Honor Blackman
Run Time: 88 minutes
Release Date: September 3, 2013 (Blu-ray & DVD)

Witty dialog and Humor abound in this Brit Zombie Comedy But suffers from trying to be too amusing Cockneys vs Zombies review (2012, UK) by TS Alan Originally written and published on TS Alan's blog on November 12, 2012 The East End of London has been overrun by the undead, all thanks to two dimwitted construction workers who unearth and break into a burial vault that was sealed by the order of King Charles II, believing that they may have found a trove of buried gold. What they find are rotting corpses of the living dead and a quick end.…

Review Overview

3.5 out of 5

B-

Summary : A likeable film with some good bits of humor, but don’t expect too much. Still well worth the watch.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.

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