Parents' Guide to

Day of the Dead: Bloodline

By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Buckets of stale blood in zombie apocalypse tale.

Movie R 2018 90 minutes
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what a waste of insults even childrens intelligence...

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It's a chore to find things to recommend about this film. Perhaps worst of all, it bills itself as a "reimagining" of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead, while bearing no substantial connection whatsoever to that 1985 movie. Both films have fortified bunkers and a zombie on a chain, but that's about it. Where Romero's film clearly tried to explore issues of humanity, Bloodline explores nothing but the bargain aisle at Bloodbags "R" Us. It's an ultra-low-budget affair in which, five years after the apocalypse has struck, uniforms, vehicles, and a bunker full of refugees are still spick and span. And fortunately for Zoe's boyfriend (or unfortunately), hipster haircuts seem to have survived the fall of civilization. The movie has zero scares despite many absurdly staged startles. You care so little for the characters that, honestly, when one of them goes to retrieve a keg from a morgue freezer and is attacked by monsters and runs, you're left thinking, "You left the beer!"

Of course, you have to check your appetite for logic at the door when watching a flick like this, but must characters actually do the stupidest possible thing in nearly every scene? Here they are, driving in their Humvees through zombie territory ... and dreamily sticking their arms out the windows. Here's the supposedly smart medical student leaving her armed escort to explore alone. Here are the soldiers, needing blood from a "living" zombie, after we've just established that their hearts don't work anymore, trying to let monsters in "one at a time" through the main gate, instead of simply trapping one against the chain-link fence and making their unauthorized withdrawal that way. With so little brainpower invested in the film's logic, imagine how much less was put into character development. Zoe's unforgivable foolishness leads directly to characters dying, and she never expresses a shred of remorse. The high-strung commander, who's clearly supposed to be a villain, at least keeps trying to stop these idiotic plans. You know a film has gone awry when the "crazy military guy" is actually right about everything and the heroine scientist actually does cause all the trouble. At least Bloodline's zombies are of the running variety. That's something.

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