Monday, May 12, 2008
Planet Terror Review
What can I say about Planet Terror that most likely hasn’t been already said? I’m not really sure, but one thing is for sure, this movie kicks a lot of ass.
At first glance you’re not really sure what the movie is about, as we are treated to a go-go dance with Rose McGowan that will steam up your glasses really fast. The movie foreshadows the inevitable, but with a subtle touch of class and b-movie glory that only a seasoned veteran of the genre would notice.
The movie surrounds a group of people that realize zombies are taking over and must band together to get out and fight. Along the way the characters are introduced with differentiating storylines. Some feature absurdities like being a strip club owner, mad scientist, rogue army general, angry sheriff, convicted felon, angry lesbian wife, and mad doctor, to a bbq chef gas station owner. These characters get introduced through a cris-cross of storylines that don’t intrude on the overall “zombie” plotline.
You get treated like an adult, with the storyline trying to be serious, until the hospital starts filling up with zombies, and eventually crisis hits and the panic button is pushed.
Rose’s character also loses a leg, and isn’t outfitted with the signature gun at first, but rather a wooden leg, ala pirate. Freddy Rodgriguez (who played my favorite character in Six Feet Under for HBO) does a fantastic job in this film playing the antihero, with a pension for guns and gunplay.
The movie is fast loading, and unleashes a lot of gore, similar to the House of The Dead video games, but with a much more “b-movie” level scenario.
The film also gets down and dirty with one of the hottest sex scenes ever made, but without showing you a lot of skin…if you can imagine that. Right when you think you’re going to see the deed and this film turns for a triple x rating….the film burns up and a reel is missing….
To exemplify that, for this review we’re going to take a minute away from the review to talk about the trailer that was played before the film.
The trailer for MACHETE was played and boy was it awesome! I love the classic Grindhouse films of my childhood and this was no exception! Although this is not really a film it spiked my interest and showed a flashback to the classic 2 for 1 or even 3 for 1 cinema movies that my dad used to take me to see.
And we’re back to the review.
The movie goes through some plot scenarios similar to all Zombie movies, but there are some nuances that make this one superior. Besides the gore, the acting is really well done at times and makes you believe that this is more than just some b-level horror flick.
You also get an awesome cameo, which I won’t spoil for you, and an awesome array of weapons, explosions, gore, and even cleavage! The cleavage is really good, man…this film has it alls, but doesn’t cross the line into the X rating. It’s great. I liked this one better than Deathproof, and together these two films are truly grindhouse delights, I recommend it.
Check out the trailer for Planet Terror below, and pick up the Planet Terror dvd as soon as you can.
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