Navy Seals Vs. Zombies Movie Review
Written by Steven Wood
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Directed by Stanton Barrett
Written by A.K. Waters and Matthew Carpenter
2015, 97 minutes, Not Rated
Released on October 6th, 2015
Ed Quinn as Pete
Damon Lipari as AJ
Mikal Vega as Billy
Michael Dudikoff as SheerRick Fox as Vice President Bentley
A group of Navy SEALs are on a mission to extract Vice President Bentley from New Orleans, LA; the only problem is that zombies are in their way.
I’m always game for a zombie movie whether it is dead rising from the grave, people becoming infected, slow moving or even running. There was something rubbing me the wrong way when it came to the zombies in Navy Seals Vs. Zombies (NVZ). They are fast and super strong, which is fine, but the look of them and the time in which it takes for them to “turn” varies a bit too much. You have normal looking people with minimal make up, but also those that look to have been infected for a good long while.
I don’t normally talk about budget when I review something, but it is worth mentioning in this case. I had strong hope when NVZ first started; with the military choppers and filming in actual locations...but then the horrible CGI shined through and it immediately took me out. I’m not sure if the majority of the budget went towards equipment rental and locking down certain locations, but the CGI sure does reflect that. NVZ features some gun/fire/explosion effects that would be sure to make the guys over at “The Asylum” proud.
With the CGI and the zombie issues out of the way, my real problem is the cast. The audience is supposed to believe that the group of heroes are veteran Navy SEALs, but they are clumsy in both their actions and “military talk”. When was the last time you’ve heard a group of SEALs refer to each other by their first names, on radio and in person? I could understand this if it were a private environment, but when you’re on the clock and the vice president is around, you’d think a certain type of military jargon would be present.
SPOILERS BELOW (but who cares, NVZ isn’t worth watching):
So here’s the ending, or lack thereof: Some of the SEALs make it to the extract point like they’re supposed to, although one of them is bit. While on their mission to save the VP (which they failed, by the way), a side mission is attached and the goal is to rescue scientists from a CIA laboratory operating nearby.
Here is where things get confusing.
During the last few minutes, we’re shown a hearing where a woman is being questioned regarding the CIA’s knowledge of the infection. She responds that AJ (Damon Lipari), Pete (Ed Quinn) and Billy (Mikal Vega) were actually immune to the virus. The reason why they were immune? Because they all had their “complete 7 series shots”. What the hell are those? She never elaborates on anything. Was this a subliminal message telling the audience if your kids receive immunizations, they will not turn into zombies later in life? We’ll never know, and honestly I don’t really care.
With the countless zombie movies released at any given time; it is safe to say that Navy Seals Vs. Zombies is one of the larger turds in a pool of smaller turds. Avoid at all cost, even if it’s free.