Monday, September 4, 2017

Movie Review: Kill Zombie! a.k.a Zombibi

Kill Zombie! a.k.a Zombibi a.k.a. Shouf Shouf Zombibi
Launch Works, Talent United Film & TV, The Netherlands, 2012.

Aziz (Yahya Gaier) is a office worker who gets a date with her dream girl Tess (Nadia Poeschmann). Aziz's no-good brother Mo (Mimoun Ouled Radi) gets him fired. Also a fight at Mo's party gets them in slammer with tough but dumb guys Jeffrey (Sergio Hasselbaink) and Nolan (Uriah Arnhem). There is also a man in suit named Joris (Noel Deelen). In consequence Aziz's date is ruined. Sad. 
Nadia Poeschmann and Yahya Gaier
Tess and Aziz
While the boys sit in cell a falling space station causes a zombie apocalypse. Tough cop Kim (Gigi Ravelli) and the guys try to survive. Tess is trapped in the office buidling so she must be saved. But Joris has big plans about bank robbery. With the law gone nothing can go wrong, right?
Noel Deelen, Mimoun Ouled Radi, Uriah Arnhem, Yahya Gaier and Sergio Hasselbaink
Joris, Mo, Nolan, Aziz and Jeffrey
Gigi Ravelli
"Zombieland" and "Shaun of the Dead" inspired several zombie-comedies, some good and some worse. Another non-English zombie-film that benefited from the ethnic setting was Cuban horror-comedy "Juan of the Dead." Dutch splatter-comedy has gory action although zombie blood is green. The oddball characters are quite fun.  Aziz is the regular good guy who has a goofy brother Mo. Kim is a tough and gorgeous lady cop. Nolan gets his fingers stuck in bowling ball, but finds it a good weapon to smash zombie heads. Jeffrey on the other hand prefers using highly unpractical weapons.
Even less practical weapon than it seems
Zombie playground
The Kebab-guys the Barachi's (Yesser Roshdy and Iliass Ojja) are kick-ass but why on-earth they had a tame zombie in their trunk? Who cares, it was still a funny scene. The jumpy transitions leave some things open, but the plot itself treads on the familiar territory. The Dutch setting, weird humour and the absurdity of the situations spice up the story and make it fun to watch although it often feels nodding too much to the other similar films. Some Dutch celebrities appear: Dutch singer Ben Saunders has a bad day and Dutch newscaster Jan de Hoop is impersonated by imitator Carlo Boszhard.
Yesser Roshdy and Iliass Ojja
The Barachi's
Ben Saunders
Rating: Good

Starring: Yahya Gaier, Mimoun Ouled Radi, Gigi Ravelli, Sergio Hasselbaink, Uriah Arnhem, Noel Deelen, Nadia Poeschmann, Carlo Boszhard, Yesser Roshdy, Iliass Ojja, Frans van Deursen, Kees Boot, Wart Kamps, Tim Kamps, Loek Peters, Michiel Romeyn, Edo Brunner, Remy Bonjasky, Rik Sinkeldam, Ben Saunders, Kenan Raven, Patrick Neumann, Theo Struijk, Isabel Toren, Wouter Braaf, Jan Doense, Bernd Neunzling 
Directors: Martijn Smits, Erwin van den Eshof

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