Re-Kill follows the exploits of Division-R’s Team 8, but will you?
Zombie reality television from the Outbreak News Channel, commercials included.
by TS Alan
It’s been five years since a zombie outbreak decimated 85% of the world’s population. Most major cities are still uninhabitable and though the war against the Re-Animates (Re-Ans) was won, they haven’t been eliminated. That’s why there’s R-Division, a nation wide military style police force that specializes in eliminating any Re-An threat to prevent a second outbreak.
“R-Division: Frontline” is the number one television show, broadcast on the Outbreak News Channel. The show follows different R-Division units as they execute their search and destroy missions in order to keep the USA Re-An free. This is also how Re-Kill is mainly presented, as if you were watching and an episode of a law enforcement reality show, commercials included — much like the films RoboCop and Starship Troopers. Unlike the two aforementioned films, Re-Kill‘s commercials and PSAs are a bit overdone and break the flow of the film.
Re-Kill does a fairly decent job of presenting the film in the reality television style format of shows like Alaska State Troopers, COPS, and SWAT. In this particular “episode”, we follow R-Division, Team 8, lead by squad leader Winston (Bruce Payne). Throughout Re-Kill, action is not only broken by the “commercial breaks” but also by interviews with the fighting men and one woman of Team 8. Though the brief segments are well done, they don’t delve too deeply into any character’s background. This is a determinant, mainly because it doesn’t make the one-dimensional personas more likable. Not all the characters are contentious, there are a few exceptions. R-D Soldier Matthews (Daniella Alonso), Sarge (Roger R. Cross) and team leader Winston stand out. Of the three, Matthews comes off as the most genuine and appealing, a credit not only to Alonso’s fine acting but also a better written character. The same can be said for Cross and Payne, who do their best with the limited depth of character they are given. As for the remainder of the cast, there is really no horrible acting just characters you won’t care about.
There is more to the script than just following the team around on their daily routine. It has a subplot about a covert government operation with the code name ‘Project Judas,’ which is rumored to be a Re-An experimental facility for the purpose of genetically altering them in hopes of getting them to turn on one another. The secret lab is located somewhere inside the sealed off island of Manhattan. Team 8 is eventually sent in to investigate after discovering a truck full of Re-Ans on its way to the city.
There’s plenty of fast-paced Re-An action, some very well-done blood and gore effects, and even some moments of good tension. However, the unevenness of the pacing and the lack of a truly endearing character doesn’t make it stand out enough to give it a high mark. Although Valeri Milev and his team have created a film that achieves the look and feel of a reality cop show with an adequate subplot, the substance in Re-Kill is lacking.
Directed by Valeri Milev
Written by Michael Hurst
Cast: Bruce Payne, Mark Adams, Scott Adkins, Roger R. Cross, Daniella Alonso, Jesse Garcia, Yo Santhaveesuk, Mike Mayhall
Run Time: 88 minutes
Release Date: Limited theatrical release and streaming in HD on October 15. On DVD on October 28.