Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Review

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Review
I am writing a review for "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse." Its everything you think it is. Its a movie about a group of boy scouts who fight zombies, that's the movie, that is what you are getting yourself into if you stumble into the theater to see this. If this is not what you want, don't go see it. Everything you need to know is in the title.

When movies are this straightforward, they run the risk of letting us down. While watching boy scouts fight off zombies might seem like a fun joke, something like this had the potential to leave a bad taste in your mouth. There have already been several zombie movies made. Lots and lots and lots of zombie movies made. I love the genre, but I don't fall head over heels about everything zombie. If a movie approaches zombies in a very general way, it looses me, because there have already been too many zombie movies like that. If a zombie movie has absolutely nothing to offer except blood and gore and allowing its characters to play duck-and-cover, I probably won't like it. This sub-genre of horror has survived through the ages because people are constantly changing it, constantly adjusting it, trying new things and being ambitious.

So I liked "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" not just because it revolved around boy scouts fighting zombies, it was the experience itself. It showed me things I have never seen before in a theater this year. Where else are you going to find a zombie pull a "Re-Animator" and give oral sex to a woman? Where else are you going to find a undead cat trying to eat people? Where else are you going to see a boy scout kill dozens of zombies with a weed wacker? Where else are you going to find a boy scout take a selfie with a female zombie with her breasts out? "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" is much more of comedy than it is a zombie-horror movie, but it made me laugh several times so I didn't care at all.

The movie is about three best friends who are boy scouts. Their names are Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan). At the beginning of the film, they are trying to find new recruits for their boy scout group with their Scout Leader, Rogers (the always great David Koechner), but to no avail. In fact, the boys are almost juniors in high school, and they begin to wonder if the boy scout life is still for them, especially Carter who is only thinking about getting laid. When Ben and Carter get invited to a senior only party by Ben's crush Kendall (Halston Sage) and her boyfriend Jeff (Patrick Schwarzenegger), they do everything to prepare. Everything is going fine, until zombies start eating everyone around them. With the help of shotgun-wielding Denise (Sarah Dumont), Ben finds Kendall before the military destroys the town to rid it of the outbreak.

Basically that's the plot, were you expecting anything more from a zombie movie? It features everything you would want to have for a zombie movie. There is plenty of blood and gore, there are some fun one-liners and there is some big action. I have sung the praises of Tye Sheridan already, and I know already know he will be a big deal later on in life. Logan Miller was a stand-out surprise and does good work as Ben's best friend. Joey Morgan does good work as Augie. This is the second time in twenty-four hours that I have seen Halston Sage, and I got to say, I like her. David Koechner doesn't have too many parts in this movie, but he makes sure to shine in the limited screen time he as. Patrick Schwarzenegger is fine as the douche bag boyfriend, but anybody I feel could fit that role. 

Oh, and Sarah Dumont makes shooting a shotgun look goooooood.

I will say that I didn't laugh as much as I wanted to. I will also say that what bothers me about "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" isn't whats there, but whats not there. At an hour and a half, the whole movie feels rushed to hit that time frame. I wish the movie stopped to give us more good one-liners, more carnage, and more mayhem. I think the movie also could have paused for better character development, because even though everyone is good, this is a typical stock of characters you would find in a movie like this. Then again, for a movie titled "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse," should I even have bothered to want any of that stuff?


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