OSOMBIE: The AXIS OF EVIL DEAD (2012)
Directed by John Lyde
Written by Kurt Hale
Insane, hilarious and downright fun are just some of the terms I can use to describe Osombie: The Axis of Evil Dead. Whatever you thought happened to Bin Laden after his ‘death’ last year, prepare to think again.
Putting a spin on many a conspiracy theory, Osombie opens with the 2011 US raid on Bin Laden’s secret compound in Pakistan. Attacked by zombified aides of Bin Laden, the soldiers shoot their way through to eventually find the head terrorist himself Bin Laden, who’s sat in a room injecting himself. Without hesitation, the team open fire, pop his body in a bodybag and fly him and the crew back to base via helicopter. Only they don’t arrive at their destination, as their helicopter plummets to a watery grave.
Fast-forward to present time and a skilled army of NATO soldiers are executing a mission in which to exterminate all zombie lifeform in the desert of Afghanistan (actually filmed in the stunning landscapes of Utah!). We instantly warm to the group of NATO soldiers who’s personalities brim to the fore inbetween shooting, stabbing, slicing up and ass kicking the terrorist zombie horde. During their mission they save Dusty, a yoga instructor from Colorado, who’s searching the desert for her crazy brother Derek who’s convinced Osama Bin Laden isn’t dead. And better still, he’s going to find and kill him, ending the war on terror. Judging from the undead humans roaming the deserts, he might just be right!
Osombie is a blood splattered, comedy, action horor flick that will go down a treat on Saturday night in with your buddies and a crate of beers. The film doesn’t take itself seriously and neither should you as you sit back and enjoy the onslaught and entertaining massacre of the zombie terrorists.
There’s lots of sarcasm and funny jokes told within discussions between the NATO soliders that reference such pop culture as Pokemon cards and Facebook. The script is entertaining and the conversations feel real between the soldiers, who in reality are just like you and I. They talk about the same rubbish that you do with your mates, except these guys are in the middle of a desert shooting undead Al-Qaeda.
Whilst CGI is used for the kills, headshots and some other small parts of footage, a great deal of make-up FX have gone into creating the decaying undead. The characters look fantastic, both alive and undead, and I’m pleased that the Osombie team took a subtle approach with the CGI in this B-movie film.
There’s an obvious political undercurrent to Osombie with a tease upon conspiracy theories regarding the actual death of Osama Bin Laden, what with the ‘burial at sea’ and all. The filmmakers have cleverly used it to create this fantastic hoot of a film that will get your blood pumping and satisfy your hunger for all things zombie.
Osombie round-house kicks the Zombie genre in the face with it’s awesomeness. This is one undead action flick you ought to get your grubby little mitts on! Osama is back and HE WILL DIE AGAIN!