Andrew McAnaney

Scout’s Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse Review

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Being Prepared For The Zombie Apocalypse 

Director: Christopher B. Landon. Cast: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont and David Koechner. Running Time: 1h 33m. Genre: Horror Comedy, Rating: 15

The plot of the movie revolves around three friends, the every guy Ben (Tye Sheridan), the ladies man Carter (Logan Miller) and the childlike Augie (Joey Morgan) who due to being the only scouts in their whole town are considered outcasts, that is until Carter and Ben are invited to a secret Senior Party, the same night that Augie is receiving a highest scout badge, it also’s happens to be the night a zombie apocalypse breaks out [You know the Usual], deciding to leave when Augie is asleep Ben and Carter head back to town finding it deserted and the undead have risen. They are eventually saved by strip club employee and all round bad girl Denise, (Sarah Dumont) with help from Augie they all prepare to leave town, until they discover that the town is about to be bombed and the senior party are unaware, so they return to the town and prepare to save them from the undead and help them evacuate with the skills they learned from the scouts.

The cast here do an alright job, let down by the ok script and taking on the stereotypical roles such as the ladies man, who is bad with woman and the every guy is the hero, however the cast do work well together and do appear to have good rapport with each other. The stand out is Sarah Dumont who although lacks any meaningful character development does have alot to do especially in action scenes, and does have a presence when she’s on screen, a honourable mention goes to David Koechner who camps it up as the Dolly Parton fan Scout Leader Rogers.

The action in this movie is few and far between and while their are good moments, nothing is a stand out, and often times just fall into heaps of gore that lacks punch. The comedy while obviously [since it’s a comedy] often at times either doesn’t stick it’s landing or tends to go towards being pretty juvenile often resorting to nudity jokes or toilet humour which can be funny at times but here it doesn’t work, however unlike the action some jokes do stand out particular a sing song of Britney Spears with zombie, made me laugh.

Overall as a fan of films like Shaun Of The Dead and Zombieland, I had hope for Scout’s Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse and sadly it didn’t meet them. Not to say this film is terrible which it isn’t, but with lackluster action, a lot of misplaced humour along with stereotypical characters. It leaves this film as a very forgettable zombie flick that could have been something good.

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