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The war on terror meets ‘The Walking Dead.’

Rod Lott December 10th, 2012

By sheer coincidence, Osombie arrived on my desk the same day I screened Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-worthy depiction about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Osombie begins where Zero ends: with the American military raid on bin Laden's compound on May 2, 2011. Whereas Zero puts bullets in the al-Qaeda leader's body, Osombie lets him inject himself with an aggressive pathogen so that, once he washes up on the Arabian Sea, he's a full-fledged zombie.


So there's that.

Utah doubles for Afghanistan as the flick follows an American Special Forces unit picking off "Class D hostiles" — that's code for undead Middle Easterns — as it searches for the enemy camp. They pick up a extra help when they run across a Colorado woman (Eva Mauro, Miss March) searching for her lost freedom-fighter brother (Jasen Wade, Amber Alert) in the desert.

Despite the over-the-top prologue, despite the ripped solider who prefers to fight with his shirt off (Corey Sevier, Immortals' Apollo), despite the lollipop-sucking tomboy with a sword (Danielle Chuchran, The Cat in the Hat), Osombie takes itself very seriously. This approach sucks the fun out of the concept, not to mention leaves a tinge of bad taste that's flavored with anti-Muslim sentiment, intended or not.

For a movie aiming for a little armed-forces authenticity with gruntspeak and gun porn, the movie doesn't grant its good guys with excellent vision; virtually everyone is "surprised" by a member of the undead while out in wide-open spaces. Gushing blood is plentiful, although computer-generated, which makes me wonder why the filmmakers bothered having it splatter on the camera lens in one scene.

If we can make a fun movie that puts Nazis on the moon (see: Iron Sky, because you should), then we can make a fun movie that turns one of history’s most hated humans into a zombie. And if we can’t do that, my friends ... well, then, the terrorists have won. —Rod Lott

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