Friday, September 26, 2014

Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here (2014)

aka Apocalypse L.A.

John and his friends have a party, which turns awkward when John's ex-girlfriend shows up with her pompous ass of a new boyfriend.  There are reports of meteors in the sky, and the party goers whoop it up since they can see them in the sky.

The next morning John wakes to the sounds of planes overhead, plaster falling from the ceiling, and the house shaking.  Alone in the house, he runs outside.

In the distance, plumes of black smoke rise and tall building are in ruins.  John rounds up his brother Turner and their friends - one of whom has a sick girlfriend - and the group holes up in the house while they try to figure out what is going on.

Outside the air is thick with white smoke and they can't see what's going on.  TV broadcasts warn that people should stay in their houses, especially since people are getting sick and many of them are turning violent.  The group wonders if it has something to do with the smoke.

While the sickness first appears as a nose bleed, the characters look like they've gotten into the Hershey's syrup, with chocolate goatees of brown blood.  After being attacked in their own home and more broadcasts which are now reporting the city has been quarantined and the sick are possibly contagious sickness, they decide they must find a way out of the city.

Most of the characters are likable, but they have an annoying habit of needlessly sacrificing themselves when other options are available. There isn't any new territory covered here and the zombies are few and far between. They also look kind of ridiculous.  To be fair, if I saw them coming down the street at me, I'd be freaked out, but in a movie, not so scary.

There's a ridiculous scene where the group is driving through a parking garage and a lone woman who's bleeding from the nose is standing in their way.  They stop the car and yell at her to move.  No one shall ask why they don't just drive around her since the parking garage is about thirty feet wide.

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