Daily Archives: April 30, 2021

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021: Horror Movies Z

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Z

Zoo

Year: 2018
Runtime: 1h 35m
Rated: PG

Director: Antonio Tublen

Writer: Antonio Tublen

Stars: Zoë Tapper, Ed Speleers, Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Initial: Remember the early days of the pandemic when couples suddenly realized they were going to have to spend *a* *lot* of time with their significant other?

Production Notes: Danish/Swedish production.

What Did I Think:
On one hand, this is a well-acted and generally well-made film that probably had a micro budget. Antonio Tublen is not only the writer and director, but wrote the soundtrack and is the editor. I’m reminded of Viggo Mortensen’s quip about his movie Falling (2020) where he filled a similar number of roles—it was one less person he had to pay if he could do the job himself. I also thought the premise was rather good. Karen and John’s relationship is in shambles after Karen’s pregnancy a year ago ended in a stillbirth. She’s ready to leave the marriage, but now they are forced to shelter-in-place while a zombie apocalypse is happening.

What left me a little cold was, unfortunately, the characters. Karen (Zoë Tapper) is almost an enjoyable psychopath—the type of person who, when all other entertainment has been exhausted, reveals a stash of drugs she’d stolen when she worked in evidence room (she’s former police?). But that sort of undercuts any serious thoughts about her mental health. I want to feel sympathy towards her, but honestly, she is so much of a psycho that I’m not quite sure why John (Ed Speleers) isn’t more weirded out by his wife’s surprising behaviors. The movie is dependent on these two characters, but I never felt on solid ground with either of them.

So, my A to Z ends on a bit of a sour note. I think I’m going to go watch Zombeavers now for a pick-me-up.

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