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June 23, 2012

Movie Review: Ground Zero (2010)

Directed by Channing Lowe

Starring Mike Langer, Sahna Foley and D.L. Walker

Two professional “cleaners” are hired to collect a frozen corpse located high in the mountains and dispose of it in an old warehouse, unaware the body belongs to political activist Darius, brutally assassinated by Nat-Tech Corporation after injecting himself with a deadly virus.

A swiftly-defrosting corpse in tow, they arrive at the warehouse to discover a couple more amateur cleaners sent by the boss to help in disposing of some additional bodies. Soon afterward, things begin to unravel, corpses spring to life, and the living start becoming infected by the now undead. Much to the angst of the lead cleaner Jarius (Mike Langer), instead of the place getting cleaned up, its becoming messier and bloodier by the minute. As the clock ticks down, its becoming less and less likely the cleaners will accomplish their job on time or even survive to see tomorrow.

Ground Zero unfortunately suffers from the same affliction which besets the vast majority of zombie movies out there- it simply makes no attempt at separating itself from the pack. In fact, it seems to have a difficult time even keeping up with the also-ran’s of the genre. There is just way too much dialog going on here, the main theme of the movie seems to be not so much the zombies but Jarius’ dysfunctional relationship with his girlfriend, who he is constantly fighting with over the phone. It’s 39 minutes before a zombie scene pops up and that is an eternity for any viewer with even the lowest expectations. Once it finally does kick into second gear, that's where it stays as the zombie kill scenes are pretty ho-hum. A knife to the chest, a gunshot to the head. Its only bloody in the sense that we have to watch the cleaners mop up blood off the floors for about 10 minutes of the film.

The only thing that saved this from the dumpster are the two amateur cleaners who show up to the job. A couple of jolly, plump fella’s who love joking around and doing celebrity impersonations. They were good for a few laughs and helped ease the pain of this one. The other nice distraction was actress Sahna Foley, playing the role of Greer, the second cleaner who’s obviously got a thing for her partner. You could tell she had an amazing rack hidden behind that tight leather jacket and I spent the entire movie patiently waiting for her to take that jacket off and give us a glimpse of her magnificence, but alas it just never happened.

It was all a bit frustrating and drawn out, poorly paced without a thought of holding the viewers attention. If your looking for a zombie movie you can do better.

Extras included a “making of” short, out-takes and trailers.

4 out of 10 Reviewed by KennyB

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