Wyrmwood aka Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Writer: Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner
Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie, Yure Covich, Keith Agius, Catherine Terracini, Berynn Schwerdt
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 30.4./1.5.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]
The zombie apocalypse hits Australia and shit hits the fan really quickly. Barry’s (Jay Gallagher) entire life is blown to pieces and everything that remains is his sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey) who manages to survive the first onslaught, only to be captured by sinister soldiers. Barry teams up with Benny (Leon Buchill) and a couple of other guys to try and rescue Brooke.
Wyrmwood has quite a few creative and a little unhinged fresh ideas to add to the zombie lore. Unfortunately it does little with them and ultimately they are drowned out by the sheer mass of tired, old, rotten clichés the film is built on.
Ideas are a good thing. The zombies that can be used as car fuel are hilarious and the ability to telepathically control zombies can be an exciting plot point (though I’m still unsure on how that happened). But you have to do something with those ideas, instead of doing it with the spaghetti-method: throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks. That gets tired pretty quickly and not even the good ideas have any effect anymore.
And when you mix all these ideas with what feels like all movie clichés ever conceived, it becomes annoying – to say the least. We have the tortured hero who mourns the loss of his family (for added bonus, he had to fridge them himself when they turned). The funny guy of color (since it’s Australia, he’s an aborigine) who is allowed in the film because he’s funny, a little stupid and has crazy hair (uncomfortably racking up the racism of the film). The kick-ass woman who has all of the skills, but still needs to be rescued. The crazy doctor frolicking during his experiments. Etc. etc. etc.
I can imagine that I would have had fun with the film, had I been high. I doubt it, because stoner comedies are not really my thing, but it’s a thought. It seems like the kind of film where the makers got really fucking stoned before writing the script and then went “what if that happens?” “oh, oh, oh, but what if that happens next???” and never got sober enough to do a proper re-working of that script.
In any case, it’s a film that really tries very hard to be krazyLOL and creative and it just really didn’t work for me. It should have been more fun.