Yes, you are reading the title right, it does indeed say Zombie Ninjas vs. Black Ops. That title alone made this movie worth reviewing and wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t believe how much fun I had watching it as well. I’ll say one thing for sure, this is not something you see every day in the world of movies.
What we have here is a pure action movie that incorporates zombies to try and bring some horror fans into the fold. Combing two genres is actually a good idea and for the most part, this movie manages to pull it off.
The plot is pretty easy to follow which is what you want in an action film. You have an evil Japanese company called Saisei Security whose experiments on dead soldiers has backfired, instead giving birth (no pun intended) to a killer breed of zombie unlike anything anyone could ever imagine. A black ops team is sent in to contain the threat and secure the research but they severely underestimate the threat that the zombie ninjas represent. Before you can say ‘game on’, the two sides meet in numerous action packed free for all’s and the body count quickly begins to rise.
It would really easy for the average person to just write off this movie as something silly and be done with it. The fact is, there is a big market for this kind of action film so there has to be the understanding by the filmmakers that they can’t just mail it in for a quick buck.
To that end, the production value of the action scenes is quite good. Above average effects and believable action scenes, especially by the black ops team, gives this movie instant credibility. Dillon (Adam T Perkins) gives a solid performance as a former operative stuck between conflicted loyalties to his old squad and fighting off the zombie ninjas.
Director Rody Claude also did a good job of moving things along at a decent pace, taking just enough time to develop certain plot points before getting back to the bread and butter of the film, that being the action and zombies.
Ah yes, let’s talk about those zombie ninjas. More than just a tag line, these interesting fellows add something new to the zombie and action genre and that in itself is a success story. Zombie diehard fans might not like these faster moving undead but the background story is a least plausible, in a movie sense anyway. The leader of these zombie ninjas is none other than UFC star Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei, and while he doesn’t have much to say in terms of dialogue, he makes up for it in sheer presence.
While the movie did accomplish what it set out to do, there is some room for improvement if they are going to make a sequel and continue this franchise.
There were some inconsistencies in regards to the blood that was spilled. There were some very realistic blood spatter moments but others did not come off so well. In fact at times the blood looked more like tomato soup than anything else. Also, the zombie ninjas themselves need to be a little more ferocious all around, although I did like the seizure like movements when they were basically in their neutral or idle mode.
The acting, while pretty good overall, did fall back into some horror like clichés at times which kind of deflated some of the tense moments in the film. While this is basically an action film with horror elements, those moments will make many horror fans roll their eyes in disappointment.
Overall, I would have to say though that this movie was a success, doing what it intended and giving the viewer a fun and different experience over its ninety plus minutes of action and zombie filled adventure. For those of you who enjoy the action and horror genres, this could be the film for you.
Three and a half stars out of five
- Solid action with a brisk pace
- The zombie ninjas were something new
- Knows exactly what kind of movie it is
- Inconsistent with some special effects
- Would have liked to see the zombies a bit more destructive