In theatres and Video on Demand from director Matthias Hoene and SHOUT! Factory comes a story that explains what happens when it’s COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES.
This film tells the story of Andy (Harry Treadaway) and Terry (Rasmus Hardiker), the only younger McGuire’s left in a family with a bank robbing history. These two decide to give it a go along with Katy (Michelle Ryan), Davey (Jack Doolan) and Mental Mickey (Ashley Thomas) as backup.
But these boys care about something more than money and that’s their grandfather Ray (Alan Ford) who lives at the Bow Bells Care Home. Seemingly happy there grandpa Ray gets a little grumpy when the residents are told that the Home is being demolished to make way for modern buildings.
That was before two construction workers discover during a dig a sealed door with a warning not to open. Well, of course they are going to open it and when they do the zombie apocalypse begins.
Now the gang must get to the residents to save them because as of now, money don’t mean a thing!
FINAL WORD: First of all lets get some definitions straight. A Cockney is “a native of the East End of London, born within hearing of the ringing of the Bow Bells”. A zombie is “a supernatural power or spell that according to voodoo belief can enter into and reanimate a corpse”.
Now that we have that understanding let’s get into the characters. Treadaway as Andy is absolutely endearing which is totally nuts considering the film. He is funny and obviously cares about his Grandfather but he also continues to mature throughout the entire film.
Hardiker as Terry has a few screws loose but again he is endearing. As the zombies follow everywhere they seem to go, he wants to be the man with a plan but this isn’t the normal world anymore. He also is endearing and funny and plays off of Treadaway with ease. Watching these two go at it had strong moments.
Ryan as Katey gets to be the badass female here. She has no problem talking trash to any guy who thinks he can control her. Doolan as Davey is the ‘dork’ of the pack. He tries everything to fit in but stumbles, which is not a good thing when zombies want to eat your brains. Thomas as Mental Mickey is completely insane – enough said!
Director Hoene began by directing music video for Fatboy Slim and then a commercial Club 18-30. Working all over the world Hoene continues to produce music videos, commercials and documentaries.
Other cast include: Georgia King as Emma, Tony Gardner as Clive, Honor Blackman as Peggy, Tony Selby as Darryl, Georgina Hale as Doreen, Dudley Sutton as Eric, Richard Briers as Hamish and Phil Cornwell as Grainger.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES four tubs of popcorn out of five. Yep, that’s what I said, four tubs! The story is different, the characters are off the charts, the seniors are exactly who I would want with me in a zombie outbreak and its hilarious. I have a twisted sense of humor anyway so this is exactly the film to test that.
The graphics are a little cheesy at times but I’ve seen a lot of zombie movies that are cheesier trust me. I don’t mind it because until I see a real zombie I am pretty open to anyone’s interpretation of what they look like, act like and eat like!
This film is a combination of fun, zombies, laughs, family, craziness and more zombies. In the humor versus horror, director Hoene says, “the key to any good comedy, within any genre, is to play everything real, don’t try to get laughs and it will come naturally via the characters and their predicaments…it’s a gung-ho British adventure movie”. Amen to that!
In the end – the city ain’t big enough for the both of them!
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