"Zombies on a Plane"--"Dead Flight"--"Drop Dead Flight"--"Plane Dead"--the possibilities for alternate titles for Scott Thomas' "Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane" is endless. The film is insanely goofy and while it couldn't exactly reach the B-movie charms of "Snakes on a Plane", it is still a fun watch for those lazy night evenings when there is nothing good on TV. (Although this was written before "Snakes on a Plane")
In a transatlantic flight, a secret agency is transporting the corpse of a woman who is the carrier of a man-made virus. The weather isn't very good to make such a flight, there is a thunderstorm, turbulence is aplenty which eventually results on zombies literally running rampant in a plane at 130,000 feet. Cue, sexy flight attendants, a comedic convict, two tough guys and even a nun to save the day….but how do you fight a horde of the undead when there is nowhere to go?
"Snakes (ahem) Flight of the Living Dead" is a zany gorefest, and very humorous in its execution. True, the opening act of the film is rather boring with the introduction of boring and dull characters; surfer dudes with their bimbo girlfriends, the smooth talking con accompanied by a federal agent, sexy and lusty flight attendants, a professional golf player and his wife, mad scientists who are bent on changing the world for profit and a nun. The film's characters are very clichéd and quite uninteresting. The film's main premise is very similar to "Snakes on a Plane" but sadly, the film has no nudity and only has "hinted at sex".
Thankfully, after the corpse escapes the coffin, the film goes into overdrive. There is a lot of visual blood and gore, and while the violence is more funny than scary most of the time, well, the film is never boring and proves quite entertaining in a goofy way. The smooth talking convict is responsible for most of the film's goofy banter and the humorous touches with the zombie attack just made me laugh my socks off. A grandma zombie with no teeth ("she's "GUMMING" me to death!"), umbrella attack and zombie who never figures out how the seatbelt works is just freaking hilarious, among other stuff.
The zombies themselves are visceral looking and they look very bestial and fast-moving; nope they are not like the zombies in the classic Romero films but more like the ones in "28 weeks Later". The film never makes any attempts for cheap scares, the film is fast-paced and more an action film than anything else. The one issue I have with "Flight.." is that the filmmakers seemed poised to take itself seriously in the first half with the boring and shallow character development. Truth be told, no viewer who would sit through "zombies on a 747" would care for any of those factors. The film also has a less-than stellar cast made up of Dale Midkiff, Erick Avari, Richard Tyson, David Chisum, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Kristen Kerr; But then again, what A-list actor would be caught in a movie like this? I mean this in a good way.
There is zero suspense to be had and the film offers no surprises. It doesn't seem necessary to shoot the zombies here in the head--as an Air Marshal says: "two in the chest and one in the balls.." is quite sufficient. The film is not to be taken seriously and it is definitely a lot of fun to watch. There is a lot of overused elements here but who cares? A zombie take on "Snakes on a Plane" may not be deep or worthy of an Oscar, but no one can deny that the film is a lot of fun.
Fasten your seatbelts, folks, and leave your brain at home, you going in for a ride!
Undead Airlines is taking off on its maiden flight! I doubt if this movie is worth repeated viewings, but you will enjoy parts of it.
Recommended! [3 stars]
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