10 February 2017

Cockneys vs Zombies

Cockneys vs Zombies 2012
  • Director: Matthias Hoene
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Gary Beadle, Michelle Ryan, Harry Treadaway, Georgia King, Honor Blackman, Alan Ford, Tony Gardner
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Gary Beadle – Hustle, Absolutely Fabulous, Wit, Absolute Beginners
    • Michelle Ryan – Doctor Who, Merlin
    • Harry Treadaway – The Lone Ranger, Fish Tank, Control
    • Georgia King – Vicious, Merlin
    • Honor Blackman – Colour Me Kubrick, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Virgin and the Gypsy, Goldfinger, The Avengers
    • Tony Gardner – Last Tango in Halifax
  • Why? The title
  • Seen: 27 January 2017      

       With a title like that, this has to be a sombre, serious, sober film, like. Intellectual, yeah?
       A small gang of Cockney first-time-ever robbers are going to rob a bank to get money to save their grandfather’s pensioners’ home. The robbery goes badly and hostages are taken. Zombies attack the pensioners but some of them resist, barricading themselves into the kitchen. The East End is sealed off. There are zombies everywhere. Three of our intrepid gangsters set off, fighting the zombies, to rescue granddad and friends.
       As expected. Sombre, serious, sober, intellectual…not. It’s gruesome, gory, bloody and almost funny. And just a little scary. And even sad.
       With some linguistic lessons in Cockney rhyming thrown in. Hurrah for East End Cockney patriotism!
       ‘This is the weirdest day in my life,’ says Katy, bank robber and zombie killer. Oh, really?
       Well, folks, it’s a zombie film. It’s not Shaun of the Dead but it’s quite entertaining.
2 1/3 * of 5   

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