Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner
Directed By: Christopher Landon
Written By: Emi Mochizuki, Carrie Lee Wilson, Christopher Landon, Lona Williams
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
Sorry folks, but Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse isn’t the bat-shit crazy adventure you were likely hoping for. It’s bloody for sure, but also tame. Filled with zombies, but doesn’t take the undead genre flick to any new interesting places. Sophomoric, but also stupidly melodramatic.
This is tired teen-angst, nerd bashing, boob obsessed nonsense. A genre flick that doesn’t have the balls to ditch the dull moral lectures, and just embrace bloody mayhem. At every turn, just as this film starts to build momentum, it slams on the breaks to deliver its ham-fisted message about friendship and following your heart. Eye roll.
Why isn’t a movie called ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ making more of the connection between badge earning Scouts, and how that training might be used to tackle an attack of the undead? Like, oh I don’t know, an actual guide that matches specific badges, and their creative use against zombies. Beyond the lip service to the movie’s title during the last act of the film.
As it’s delivered, this is just a dull nerd-comedy, but with zombies. Trudging over well-worn territory with very few ideas of its own. It occasionally shows promise with its premise, but ultimately fails with its repeated buzz-kill scenes where it tries to inject forgettable character development and drama into the plot. Too much touchy-feely nonsense, and not enough creative lock ‘n load carnage!
This has its moments of extreme mayhem, but doesn’t deliver many surprises. This movie seems very tame and unfunny next to films like Peter Jackson’s, Dead Alive (original title – Braindead), and Edgar Wright’s, Shaun of the Dead. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is rated R for language, violence, gore, sexual material and graphic nudity.
This movie isn’t something that needs to be seen in a movie theater. A HD rental to watch on a TV at home with friends will service this film well enough. If you’re old enough, a few beers before, during and after the film might help!
Best Moment: << spoiler >>
Heading into the last act, the film finally remembers this is about Boy Scouts, and their badge earning potential against the zombie hordes. The scene where they visit a home improvement store, and then subsequently arrive at the ‘secret senior party’ ready to do battle, is one of the few highlights in the film.