Directed by Andrew Currie.
Written by Andrew Currie and Robert Chomiak.
Starring K'Sun Ray, Carrie-Anne Moss, Dylan Baker and Henry
Release Year: ?
Review Date: 1/30/07
A packed house, a midnight showing, a
hilarious six-minute live-action short film called "Goodbye, Mr.
Snuggles" followed by a zombie comedy...the recipe was right for "Fido",
a new film by director Andrew Currie that was one of my highlights
for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Here's the premise (and please, feel free to
start laughing at any time): in 195X, in a small, quiet town
that looks like it was ripped right out of "Leave It to Beaver" and
filmed in Technicolor, the people of this enclave have recently
survived the Zombie Wars--imagine a war between humans and zombies
soon after World War II ended--and have recently gotten back into a
normal routine. Oh, except for one thing: thanks to
super-conglomerate ZomCon, the captured zombies who "survived" the
Zombie Wars were made slaves thanks to the help of a
state-of-the-art collar that controls zombie urges to eat human
flesh. So now, zombies take care of all of your menial tasks
and household needs, like taking care of dinner, or driving the bus,
or cleaning the bathroom. In the case of the Robinsons--little
Timmy (K'Sun Ray), pristine Mom (Carrie-Anne Moss, from "The
Matrix") and cautious Dad (Dylan Baker)--they are one of the few
families on the block to not have at least one zombie working in the
house...and the neighbors are talking about them! Finally
deciding that every family needs to have at least one undead member,
Mom goes out and picks up a zombie that is eventually named Fido
(Irish comic Billy Connolly) to do the house work...but when Fido's
collar goes bad, he has a bad habit of accidentally eating some of
the neighbors, who become undead themselves, who...well...
"Fido" is absolutely hilarious for playing
its mix of comedy and horror so effectively; sure, it's bloody, but
it's a zombie flick, which produces laughs that make the
bloodletting seem tame by nature. The production design
reminded me of that Julianne Moore drama that takes place in the
50s, "Far From Heaven"--the
look is beautiful, the colors are overly perfect, the mannerisms of
the performers are ripped right out of old-school TV shows, except
for the simple fact that zombies need to get all shot up every so
often. The performances by everyone are great, including Henry
Czerny as a Zombie Wars hero who is serving as ZomCon's security
chief; the way he treats his family just killed our audience and he
might be the film's best asset. I am psyched to see this one
make it to the masses; great stuff.
Rating: Opening Weekend
Comments? Drop me a line at
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard