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Re Kill

Re Kill, 2015

It’s been 5 years since the outbreak that wiped out 85% of the world’s population, but the war between Re-Animates (Re-Ans) and Humans wages on. Most of the major cities are still uninhabitable. Within the few surviving cities, the Re-Ans have been segregated into “zones” and are policed by the R-Division of the QUASI S.W.A.T. Unit who hunt to re-kill the Re-Ans in the hope of quelling a second outbreak

In Re Kill, the plot is set after the outbreak has already happened. The film is bookended with footage of a young girl watching an episode of Re-Kill in her home, and that episode is the movie, complete with fake commercials. As the show is supposed to be a live, documentary-type show, the movie is shot in the found footage style.

The characters in Re Kill act pretty much how you would expect them to: very tough and gung-ho on the outside, when you can really tell that it’s just an act to help them get through what they do. There are tidbits of interviews with each person edited into the episode of Re-Kill, so that you get to know some of them a little bit, but not really enough to feel all that bad when the inevitable happens.

The fake commercials provide a lot of comic relief for the film and give the audience a chance to take a break from the more frenetic energy of the main story.

The zombies are of the fast-moving, very aggressive kind. Mix that in with the film’s found footage style, and you get the main problem that I had with Re-Kill, mostly during the action sequences. The constantly moving and shaking camera is not always able to properly capture the action for the audience, and the editing doesn’t help much either, as a shot will often cut before you really get to see anything. And it was a shame, too, because this movie has some really spectacularly choreographed scenes with zombies, gunfire, blood, and explosions–pretty much everything you could want in a movie like this. I just wish they had allowed the camera to linger a bit longer to show off those wonderful effects.

The shaking camera also makes it difficult to recognize Scott Adkins in all the action scenes. It helps that he is the only one who a text in yellow letters on his outfit: “Born to Re-Kill’