Re-Kill review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

Re-Kill review

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
(2015, USA)

Re-Kill review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

Plot:
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.

Review:
“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 review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

Daniella Alonso as R-D Soldier Matthews and Bruce Payne as Squad Leader Winston.

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.

Re-Kill review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

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.

Re-Kill
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.

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 (2015, USA) Plot: 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. Review: “R-Division: Frontline” is the number one television show, broadcast on the Outbreak News Channel. The…

Review Overview

3 Stars

C

Summary : Doesn't lack in action, blood, gore or subplot but comes up short on substance and likable characters.

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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