Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)

Cockneys vs Zombies
Director: Matthias Hoene
Writer: James Moran, Lucas Roche
Cast: Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, Alan Ford, Michelle Ryan, Georgia King, Honor Blackman, Ashley Bashy Thomas
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) and Andy (Harry Treadaway) are brothers and have been brought up by their grandfather (Alan Ford) who is now living in a retirement home. But that home is threatened by real estate development. Since the boys don’t want to see their grandfather living anywhere else, they decide that they would rob a bank with the help of their cousin Katy (Michelle Ryan) and Mental Mickey (Ashley Bashy Thomas). But in the middle of that robbery, the zombie apocalypse happens and suddenly they face quite a different challenge.

Cockneys vs. Zombies is fun, even if it doesn’t quite reach the comedic heights of Shaun of the Dead. But I did have a very good time.

The cast was solid, but not great and that’s pretty much how the entire film feels. Some jokes are excellent, most are just good but almost all of them get drawn out just a bit too long and repeated just a little too often.

Towards the end they started to shoot too much for my taste and as the film moved towards its conclusion, I started to lose interest a little bit – though it never grows boring and it never lost me entirely, either.

I’m afraid that I’m making the movie sound worse than it is, or giving the impression that I didn’t like it – that’s certainly not true. In fact, I enjoyed myself and the film a whole damn lot.

But what the film definitely doesn’t achieve is to take the mystery out of Cockney for me. Instead it makes fun of how unpenetrable it is – which is quite alright, too. And I might start referring to zombies as trafalgars from now on.

Summarising: Very good entertainment for one evening.

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